South Asia and Beyond
Nitin A. Gokhale

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.

India Leads Fight Against Covid-19 In South Asia

NEW DELHI: Known for being the first responder in providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in its immediate and extended neighbourhood, India now has extended that gesture to combating pandemics, in this case Covid-19. Elaborate measures have been put in place in India and the government has also lent a helping hand to neighbours […]Read More

New Role For India’s Defence Attaches

NEW DELHI: Defence exports of Rs 35,000 crore, that’s the target India has set out to achieve by 2025. An impetus to Make in India, co-opting private defence manufacturers and redefining the roles of defence attaches posted with India’s missions abroad are some of the steps taken by the government to meet the self-imposed deadline. Given […]Read More

How India Is Going About Higher Defence Reforms

NEW DELHI: Two months ago, the Indian government announced its intent of carrying out the much-anticipated reforms in Defence by naming a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and creating a Department of Military Affairs (DMA). Both have their tasks cut out and clear timelines has been set. The idea is to eliminate duplication and red […]Read More

The See-Saw Of Defence Deals: How India Balances It

NEW DELHI: A trade deal may not quite be on the horizon during U.S. President Donald Trump’s upcoming India visit but he can expect a couple of high-value defence contracts. The Indian government has cleared the purchase of 24 MH-60 Romeo multi-role helicopters worth nearly $2.6 billion—a longstanding requirement of the Indian Navy. Another deal […]Read More

We Can Make Any Missile Indian Armed Forces Need: DRDO

NEW DELHI: India is self-sufficient in missile technology and can make any missile that its armed forces need, says Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, Chairman of Defence Research and Defence Organisation (DRDO). Speaking to Nitin A. Gokhale, Editor-in-Chief of StratNews Global, Dr Reddy said DRDO works in complete synergy with the armed forces to understand their requirements […]Read More

‘None Of The Three Inquiries I Faced Proved Me Guilty’

COLOMBO: The United States has banned Sri Lanka’s Army Commander Shavendra Silva and his immediate family members from entering the country over what it calls ‘credible’ war crime charges—mainly gross violations of human rights, especially extrajudicial killings by the army during the final phase of the Eelam War in 2009. But in an interview in […]Read More

What India Is Doing To Counter The Dragon

NEW DELHI: The year 2017 came with a wake-up call for India and lessons on how to deal with a hostile and unpredictable neighbour like China. The Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese troops subsequently led to several diplomatic efforts by both sides—including two informal summits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping—to […]Read More

China-India-Bhutan: A Complex Triangle

Nearly 30 months after the border standoff at Dolam (popularly known as Doklam) was resolved, China is far from giving up attempts to whittle down India’s influence over Bhutan, the third and most important angle of the triangular mess in the strategically important Himalayan frontier. Throughout 2019, Beijing sought to increase the pressure on the […]Read More

Indian Ocean: Why India Is Looking West

NEW DELHI: From the eastern shores of Africa till the United States in the far east—this geographical expanse now comes under the ambit of Indo-Pacific, as India sees it. It’s not just the area that has undergone a sea change, according to the Indian construct. The focus too is seeing a shift. On ‘Simply Nitin’, […]Read More

How Will India’s Joint Commands Shape Up?

NEW DELHI: One of the major tasks that the newly created Department of Military Affairs and India’s first Chief of Defence Staff have over the next few years is to create Joint Commands to increase combat efficiency. How will it be done? Our Editor-in-Chief explains in the first episode of his new show ‘Simply Nitin’.Read More