South Asia and Beyond

Nitin A. Gokhale

Author, thought leader and one of South Asia's leading strategic analysts, Nitin A. Gokhale has forty years of rich and varied experience behind him as a conflict reporter, Editor, author and now a media entrepreneur who owns and curates two important digital platforms, and focusing on national security, strategic affairs and foreign policy matters. At the beginning of his long and distinguished career, Gokhale has lived and reported from India’s North-east for 23 years, writing and analysing various insurgencies in the region, been on the ground at Kargil in the summer of 1999 during the India-Pakistan war, and also brought live reports from Sri Lanka’s Eelam War IV between 2006-2009. Author of over a dozen books on wars, insurgencies and conflicts, Gokhale relocated to Delhi in 2006, was Security and Strategic Affairs Editor at NDTV, a leading Indian broadcaster for nine years, before launching in 2015 his own digital properties. An alumni of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies in Hawaii, Gokhale now writes, lectures and analyses security and strategic matters in Indo-Pacific and travels regularly to US, Europe, South and South-East Asia to speak at various international seminars and conferences. Gokhale also teaches at India’s Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), the three war colleges, India's National Defence College, College of Defence Management and the intelligence schools of both the R&AW and Intelligence Bureau. He tweets at @nitingokhale

Why Kailash Range Operation Was Planned And Executed

NEW DELHI: Three years ago around this time, then Northern Army Commander Lt Gen. YK Joshi ordered what has now come to be known as the Kailash Range operation to turn the tables on the Chinese PLA determined to change the status quo on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. What you will read […]Read More

Theaterisation: National Security Apparatus May Need Tweaking

NEW DELHI: Related to the restructuring of HQ IDS (Integrated Defence Staff) is the possibility of forming a higher defence committee for strategic and political guidance to the military leadership. Assuming that HQ IDS in consultation with the theatre commands will take local and largely tactical decisions, there is still no clarity on who or […]Read More

Theatre Commands: The Command And Control Conundrum

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unexpected announcement of appointing a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) as principal military adviser to the government from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15, 2019. Four years after that rather sudden decision, three or four areas have seen substantial progress in reorganisation of India’s […]Read More

Indian Military Weighs Options In Case China Attacks Taiwan

NEW DELHI: Debating, discussing and deliberating on formation of joint or theatre commands apart, the armed forces have also decided to undertake a study to assess India’s possible options and responses to a potential invasion of or attack on Taiwan by China. Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Anil Chauhan ordered the study during a conclave […]Read More