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Takshashila Discussion Document – A Military Resource Allocation Framework

Download the Discussion Document in PDF This discussion document proposes a Military Resource Allocation Framework 1.0 (M-RAF 1.0) for the Indian Military. The M-RAF (1.0) is a derivative of the Proposed Theatre Command Model that could serve as a decision...

Takshashila Discussion Document: The Doklam Imbroglio (July 2020 Update)

Executive Summary In 2017, the Doklam plateau became a flashpoint for the Asian powers, India and China. China’s tactics in Doklam are clear examples of its general “salami-slicing” strategy, a policy of gradual encroachment onto disputed territory where other claimants...

Is India’s Rising Defence Pension Bill Affecting Modernisation of Military? 5 Myths Busted

Business, as usual, is no longer an option. India must tackle the rising defence pension bill. Lt Gen Prakash Menon and Pranay Kotasthane bust five myths of the defence pensions debate. Read the full article on ThePrint here.

On US President Trump’s India Visit

The Print’s daily roundtable TalkPoint posed a question connected to the US President’s upcoming India visit: Will the spectacle of Trump visit without a trade deal boost India-US ties? The US-India relationship over the last four years has been a case of one...

A National Security Doctrine For India

Download the doctrine here Yogakshema बलं शक्ति: | सुखं सिद्धि:| Strength is power. And well-being is the goal. (Arthashastra, 6:2-31,32) To create and defend a conducive environment for yogakshema (well-being, prosperity, and happiness) of all Indians. At this stage of India’s...

Book Launch: Our Time Has Come by Alyssa Ayres

Takshashila conducted the book launch of Alyssa Ayres’ Our Time Has Come – How India is Making its Place in the World on 21 March 2018, at Communiti, Bangalore. About the Book A rising India wants a seat at the...

Pranay Kotasthane Quoted in The National

Pranay Kotasthane was quoted in an article with The National. In recent years, the relationship between the India and Israel has increasingly centred on the defence sector. In the three years leading up to March 2016, Israel has become India’s third-largest...

Perspective – Defence Modernisation

The Ministry of Defence must adopt capital budgeting practices to ensure that India’s defence does not become hostage to fiscal contingencies. The broader issue is of evolving principles of allocation of national resources for defence — the current practice of...

Case – A beheading along the Line of Control

On Sunday, January 6th, 2013, Pakistani troops attacked an Indian patrol near Churunda along the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir, killing two soldiers and mutilating their bodies. In this case study, Nitin Gokhale, security & strategic affairs editor...