South Asia and Beyond

The Terrain Is Unforgiving, The Stats Staggering, But It’s Not Siachen

Like in any other operational area, there's no scope to let your guard down, as Southern Army Commander Lt Gen AK Singh

It’s the Indian Army’s largest and oldest command, covering 11 states and four union territories. That’s nearly 41 per cent of India’s land mass. It houses several top notch defence institutions, such as the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Defence Services Staff College.

Call it the Indian Army’s training hub. It looks after a 1200-kilometre border with Pakistan and has varied geographic features, such as an open desert, a creek area and 45,000 square kilometres of what is known as the Rann of Kutch where hauling winds cause salt particles to hit you like icicles.

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Welcome to the Indian Army’s southern command. Like in any other operational area, there’s no scope to let your guard down, as Southern Army Commander Lt Gen AK Singh told StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale in an exclusive interview. There’s a need to prepare well and we are prepared because in case of a war there is no “runner-up”. Tune in for more.

Nitin A. Gokhale

Left to himself, Nitin A. Gokhale would rather watch films and sports matches but his day job as a media entrepreneur, communications specialist, analyst and author, leaves him little time to indulge in his primary interests. Gokhale in fact started his career in journalism in 1983 as a sports reporter. Since then he has, in the past 41 years, traversed the entire spectrum across print, broadcast and digital space. One of South Asia's leading strategic analysts, Gokhale has moved on from conventional media to become an independent media entrepreneur running three niche digital platforms—BharatShakti, StratNewsGlobal and Interstellar—besides undertaking consultancy and training workshops in communications for military institutions, corporates and individuals. Now better known for his conflict coverage and strategic analyses, Gokhale has lived and reported from India’s North-east for 23 years between 1983 and 2006, been on the ground at Kargil in the summer of 1999 and also brought us live coverage from Sri Lanka’s Eelam War IV between 2006-2009.    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, Australia, South and South-East Asia to take part in various seminars and conferences. Gokhale is also a popular visiting faculty at India’s Defence Services Staff College, the three war colleges, India's National Defence College, College of Defence Management and the IB’s intelligence school.