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

 What India’s Doing To Remain A Step Forward In The Eastern Sector
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 making forays into different sectors of the India-China border in the past two months confirms an assessment in India’s national security establishment that China will continue to exert pressure on the LAC through the upcoming winter season and beyond. This assessment, done in the immediate aftermath of the first round of disengagement in February earlier this year, had factored in rotation of troops on the Chinese side and PLA’s plan to upgrade its infrastructure in Aksai Chin. Even before China started replacing the formations that were deployed during the 2020-21 standoff in Ladakh, India had changed its ORBAT (order of Battle) by ordering a rebalance of its forces to the northern front. As is well known by now, the Indian Army earlier this summer allocated the Mathura-based 1 strike Corps to the Northern Command and the 17 Mountain Strike Corps to the Eastern Command to strengthen its offensive options against China....Read More

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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


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