South Asia and Beyond

Nitin A. Gokhale

Film buff. Sports enthusiast. Keen observer of life. Writes for a living; analyses defence and foreign policy as a professional. 37 years in journalism: from print to broadcast and from web to social media, have had the opportunity to dabble across mediums. Love to experiment with startups. That’s me, Nitin Anant Gokhale.

Saudi Arabia Projects Potential As Defence Hub, Woos Global Bigwigs

RIYADH: The first World Defense Show on the outskirts of Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh that kicked off on Monday has made an impressive start, attracting not only defence majors from across the globe but also generating interest amongst defence manufacturers for a possible arrangement to undertake joint ventures or localisation of defence equipment in the […]Read More

As China Recruits Tibetan Youth For LAC Deployment, India Keeps

NEW DELHI: Nearly six months after it first became public, Indian intelligence agencies and Army personnel are keeping a close watch on how a special recruitment drive undertaken by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is progressing in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India. Apart from the sustained […]Read More

1971 Genocide In East Pakistan & A Refugee Crisis: India

NEW DELHI: While the world was slow to realise the horrors of the 25–26 March (1971) genocide unleashed by the Pakistani Army in East Pakistan, India was alive to the magnitude of the crisis, since lakhs of refugees started streaming into the bordering states of Assam, West Bengal, Tripura and Meghalaya, putting tremendous strain on […]Read More

Prelude To The 1971 War: Unrest In Pakistan And A

NEW DELHI: The 1965 war with India took its toll on Pakistan in more ways than one. Within a couple of years after the war, President Ayub lost all credibility and had to make way for Gen Yahya Khan in 1969, who became the President of Pakistan. Pakistan was brought under martial law in March […]Read More

As Afghan Pot Simmers, India To Host Dialogue Of Russia,

NEW DELHI: A sulking Pakistan will watch from the sidelines as India hosts national security advisers (NSAs) of Russia and all Central Asian Republics in Delhi next week, to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan, the likely fallout for the region and the way forward. On Monday, Pakistan’s NSA Mooed Yusuf announced that he will […]Read More

What India’s Doing To Remain A Step Forward In The

ARUNACHAL PRADESH/ASSAM: The faceoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Tawang sector last month may or may not have been one of the reasons for the stalemate in Ladakh to continue at the end of the 13th round of talks between Corps Commanders but the fact that PLA soldiers are testing the waters by […]Read More

With More Assets & Upgrades, Air Power In The East

ASSAM/ARUNACHAL PRADESH: The Indian Air Force is doing the heavy lifting quite literally when it comes to augmenting military capabilities in the mountainous terrain of the eastern sector. The Chinooks are not just transporting manpower but also firepower (the ultra-light Howitzer M777s) from one remote valley in Arunachal Pradesh to another, thanks to upgrades of […]Read More

India, Sri Lanka, Maldives Security Meet Lists Four Areas Of

NEW DELHI: India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives have finalised four pillars of cooperation under the Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) to further enhance the effectiveness of the trilateral mechanism. The four areas are: maritime safety and security; terrorism and radicalisation; trafficking and organised crime and cyber security. The decision to work in these specific areas […]Read More

More Brainstorming Needed On Theatre Commands, Military Brass Decides

NEW DELHI: The top brass of the Indian military has decided to continue more discussions and conduct in-depth cross-services studies before finalising the number of theatre commands it needs to create for enhancing joint combat potential of the three armed forces, last week’s top-level meeting appears to have concluded. Last Thursday, India’s first Chief of […]Read More