Prakash Menon

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Opinion | Indian Army must work on inducting women in combat roles

The presence of women in combat roles is a matter of mindset, and what better place to change it than the Indian Army? The issue for the Army to ponder is not whether women can be inducted into combat roles, but...

Opinion | For a Surgical Strike, Is Overhype Overkill?

A political slugfest about surgical strikes broke out after Lt Gen Hooda’s statements at the Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh on November 7, 2018. Lt Gen Hooda was the Northern Army Commander who supervised the execution of the strikes at...

Indian Army must work on inducting women in combat roles or court may force its hand

The Indian Army chief, General Bipin Rawat, was caught on the wrong side of the gender debate during a recent media interview. He told News18 that the Indian Army is not yet ready for women in combat roles. The Army chief retreated...

Rethinking Missile Treaties

It is time that politicians ask the military what political objectives are achievable through the use of force and what are the risks involved. Progressive turbulence in global geopolitics seems fated to be a hostage to the law of cruelty,...

Opinion | The Indian soldier feels let down by Army brass, Supreme Court and politicians

India’s geopolitical situation is crying out for a sharpened and relevant military instrument at a time when it is besotted by a host of issues regarding lack of political guidance, acquisition and equipping, civil-military relations, defence budget, inter alia. Read...

Opinion | MoD has politicised security for electoral reasons. Opening of cantonment roads shows that

While the MoD must be cognizant of the demands of civil society, its primary concern is the defence of India. It should, therefore, review the closure/opening of roads from a security perspective and also attempt to assuage the difficulties of...

Opinion | Indian military must remind politicians that it’s loyal to the Constitution – not the party in power

The military need not seek the limelight. Instead, it should carry out its duties quietly, contain its views and disagreements on politically sensitive subjects to closed-door sessions and let its actions speak for themselves. Read more

Opinion | The toll of revenge

The belief that an increase of fire power on the LoC will impact Pakistan’s cross-border terrorism is illusory. Ceasefire must be restored. Read more
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