Category Archives: Central Asia

Surrendering a strategic choke-hold on the Karakorum

         Retreating in the face of an enemy’s onslaught may be a tactical necessity. Withdrawing in anticipation of the situation getting sticky is inherently bad strategy but, as the record shows, it is one the Indian government reflexively follows when … Continue reading

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No real disengagement in eastern Ladakh

Much is being unwisely made about several developments on the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. One, that both the Indian and the Chinese armies are withdrawing some 2 kms from the Patrolling Position on the Galwan — the … Continue reading

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Prepare for limited war– Modi in Nimu, Ladakh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had four aims in mind for his quick turnaround trip to Ladakh — the scene of the fiercest Indian hand-to-Chinese nails-studded baton fighting that led to the loss on June 15 of 20 personnel of a … Continue reading

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Not a Bang, but a slow leak of gas

This is getting seriously worrisome. The media was primed to hear Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally speak about the national security crisis engendered by the bloody border clashes with China; a crisis that with every passing day growingly advantages Beijing. … Continue reading

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Occupying the heights

Ponder the satellite pictures above released by Maxar Technologies of the US for worldwide public information showing the scale and degree of military buildup within a very short period of time without any matching construction, elaborate facilities and presence in … Continue reading

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Far from evicting the Chinese, India is throwing in the towel (augmented)

Often the best thing for political leaders as well as generals, serving or retired, to do during volatile border crises of the kind India has on its hands is to resist the impulse to say something, anything, because their statements … Continue reading

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Is Modi ceding Indian territory to China?

                                Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement to opposition leaders regarding the crisis in eastern Ladakh has confounded the already existing confusion. His declaration, without mentioning China, that “No one has forcibly entered into Indian territory, there is no intruder … Continue reading

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India’s squeamish attitude towards China is a liability, the army should implement more violent rules of engagement and prepare for limited war

Developments on the border with China are taking a turn for the worst. The Indian government and army seem surprised by the vehemence of the intruding People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers when asked by patrolling Indian army jawans to keep … Continue reading

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Time for Modi to use the brahmastra now that military escalation is on the cards due to Indian army’s blunder

[A face-off now escalating] I have been proved right so often where China is concerned it is almost besides the point to crow about it. In all my books — from the first one in 1994 (‘Future Imperilled: India’s Security … Continue reading

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An out and out army fiasco

[Confrontation in the high desert] Inattentive to satellite intel, lacking proactive thinking, absent preemptive action and now silk-gloving China’s occupation of Indian territory, the army has to explain this fiasco. What’s the first, most basic, thing the Indian army should … Continue reading

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