India-US defence industrial cooperation – Hudson Institute discussion

Hudson Institute held a panel discussion featuring Indian corporate reps as members of FICCI accompanying DefMin Parrikar to Washington conducted by former US Defence Under secretary Douglas Feith, and the reputed China expert Mike Pillsbury, who as Special Assistant To US Def Secy Caspar Weingerger in the Reagan Admin in the 1980s made the first forays to open up US mil sales to India, etc. It was held in Washington yesterday, Dec 10, 2015.

Pillsbury uses my book — ‘Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)’ extensively in his presentation. The astonishing thing to hear is an Indian medium industry-wallah (a Col Shankar) going overboard on a pacifist India and the overblown GOI rhetoric of defensive this and defensive that, echoing the nonsense that govt officials spout.

The Hudson panel disc at

About Bharat Karnad

Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, he was Member of the (1st) National Security Advisory Board and the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group, and author, among other books of, 'Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy', 'India's Nuclear Policy' and most recently, 'Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)'. Educated at the University of California (undergrad and grad), he was Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
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3 Responses to India-US defence industrial cooperation – Hudson Institute discussion

  1. An says:

    I am your biggest fan. As I have previously said that you are Gem and treasure of India. I am not expert of defense and I still get your point why can’t Indian govt or Indian defense intellectuals or experts get your point. It is real tragedy. I totally agree we have to be more careful with china then Pakistan.
    My only concern is China can use Pakistan as their toy to give India a headache. Pakistan is like a brain dead …. any one can use them as they are not able to think straight. Pakistani its like begani shadi mein abdulla deewana.

    • J.anitagupta@ — Or, you can turn the lens around and see just how well Pakistan has, over the years, manipulated the US and China and the Islamic Bloc to further its ends! Sure, China uses Pakistan to keep India in its place. So, why hasn’t India responded by a tit-for-tat policy I have been suggesting for some 30 years now of nuclear missile arming not just Vietnam but any state on its periphery that fears China and wants the protection of such weapons? Further, Pakistan has to be distanced from China with incentives, or we continue suffering it as all external cats perennial paw’!

  2. Vishak Bharadwaj says:

    He crossed the nonsense mark with China and democracy. These guys are stakeholders in defense? God save us!

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