India’s missing kootayudha (covert warfare)

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[The PM, Doval and Jaishankar]

There may be some interest in hearing a videographed talk by me on covert warfare in traditional Indian statecraft and in the country’s external policies for the Srijan Talks forum. It is available on Youtube 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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11 Responses to India’s missing kootayudha (covert warfare)

  1. Bhumish Khudkhudia says:

    Sir, what are your personal views about Dr. Subramanyam Jaishankar’s son Dhruva Jaishankar?He has now being sent to head ORF’s newly opened Washington DC office.

  2. Ketul says:

    Dear Bharat ji recently there have been reports in the media that during latest China Pakistan Air Force exercise Chinese allowed Pakistanis to handle their S400 system in combat & so there is a fear that is shown that Pakistanis will know all the secrets of S400 as India is also buying the same system so is this a serious concern or is this some tricks by arms lobbyists to only further their push of buying American THAAD system and so if u could just shed some light on this issue & also wat is ur take when people like professor Nalapat say that India should decrease it’s ties with Russia & increase its ties US.

    Thank u.

  3. Bhaskar says:

    Dear Sir,
    An enlightening insight into a part our Vedas indeed!
    To take up any benefits from relations do we recognize Taiwan as an independent nation?
    Or shall we say a part of China with a much greater autonomy, maybe something on the lines of Tibet.

    As for Tibet have we really given up all our claims on it or still it could be negotiated?

    • Vajpayee accepted Tibet as an äutonomous region”of China. But there’s still a thin sliver of opportunity because Delhi can maintain, with absolute evidence that Tibet is NOT autonomous in any sense of the word, and therefore that the earlier acknowledgement is null and void.

  4. Gokul says:

    I would like to hear the story on why you’re not allows into China anymore!


    Thanks a lot Dear Mr. Karnad for this wonderful and enlightening presentation of yours. There was just one question about your presentation.

    1. Praveen Sawhney, a renowned strategic expert always mentions that India will not be able to defeat Pakistan even in a conventional war. Now what is your opinion about that ?

    I will be glad to hear your opinion about the same.

    • Have long maintained that in the usual limited (to-ing and fro-ing across the border) war the two sides are evenly matched. But in case of a total war, with no options barred, Pakistan will be decimated.


        Thanks for your informative and prompt reply Mr. Karnad. So should we mean to say that you mean in a total war, with no options barred, India will use nuclear weapons and destroy Pakistan ?

        I would love your views on the same.

      • Yes, because once nuclear weapon use is initiated, there may be a graduated escalation which could lead to an annhilatory war. Refer my writings starting with my first tome — Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security, now in its 2nd edition.

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