Maj. Gen. Dr. Rajan Kochhar, VSM

Maj Gen Dr Rajan Kochhar, VSM, retired from the Indian Army, as Major General Army Ordnance Corps, Central Command, after 37 years of meritorious service to the Nation. Alumni of Defence Services Staff College and College of Defence Management, he holds a doctorate in Emotional Intelligence and is a reputed expert on logistics and supply chain management. Gen Kochhar, a prolific writer and defence analyst, has authored four books, including “Breaking the Chinese Myth” which was released recently. He is a Senior Adviser with Defence Research and Studies, Member, Manoj Parikkar Institute of Defence and Strategic Analyses, New Delhi, Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) and Society of Airspace Maritime and Defence Studies (SAMDES). He is also on the Board of Management and faculty with Noida Institute of Engineering and Technology, Delhi NCR.

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Future-ready technology and the new age battlefield

Indian Armed Forces have been undergoing rapid modernization & up-grading weapon systems in keeping with the threat perceptions.

Afghanistan: the turmoil & its ramifications

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Anti-drone protection system – sooner the better

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Will corporatisation of OFB usher a new era of defence modernisation

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Higher Education in India – road ahead

India has the largest population of illiterates in the World - 37% of the global total. There is a substantial gap in the male and female literacy in our country. The literacy gap is higher in the more populous states, like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh

Defence PSUs: towards synergised indigenisation

Recently, in a boost for indigenous manufacturing of defence and aeronautical equipment, the Maharashtra government has approved defence and aerospace clusters at five places across the state.

Is the Supply Chain Management in the Indian Army future-ready?

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QUAD- Its future dimensions and impact on Chinese hegemony

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Importance of NLP in the armed forces

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India’s quest for sporting excellence

At the Rio Olympics in 2016, we got the 67th position with just got two medals, silver and bronze but none in any team event. Even countries as small as even Singapore was ahead of us.

Why is self-reliance in Defence Industry a distant dream in India?

India is probably the only large country in the world which is overwhelmingly dependent on external sources for its defence requirements. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), India ranks among the world’s second-largest weapons purchaser just behind Saudi Arabia.

Defence Acquisition: ‘lease V/s buy’ or ‘lease V/s do without’

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Politics of democracy– wake up call

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Can private players help rejuvenate the limping Indian Defence Industry?

The story of the Indian defence industry is quite pathetic. Despite several associated bodies and a huge workforce engaged in research, development and production, India continues to be the world’s second-largest arms importer.

Border disputes – the Chinese game plan

China understands that mobilisation of large forces will not make any difference to their 15 trillion economies but will definitely impact the economy of other nations like India, Bhutan and Nepal. The PLA has over a period of time amassed huge military assets which are exhibited by them to intimidate other nations. Today China occupies more than 50 per cent of territories through forceful occupation which includes Inner Mongolia, Akshai Chin, Tibet, Xinjiang and Yunnan.

Has the Chinese PLA bitten more than it can chew?

The Chinese dream appears to have taken shape in 2012 with focus on three major dimensions of war - public opinion, psychological and legal warfare. The planning for the present incursions in Ladakh started as early as 2018 with the Chinese increased reference to training, India as the identified enemy, and references on how to strengthen Pakistan in military writings.

Managing security of borders in tough times

There is a famous saying,” God made Land, Man Created Boundaries”. This holds good for India which shares over 10,000 km of uneasy land and coastal boundaries with over six countries from North to South, East to West

Cyber warrior: the way to the future

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The Uncertain Boundaries of Conflict

A superpower is a country that can control or influence world opinion- in terms of economic, military, and technology and make other nations dance to its tune. In the last few decades China has silently and suddenly overtaken everyone from behind and boosted its economy, military and technology to the extent where it can dictate its terms in the UN and World affairs.
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An opportunity amidst chaos

It would also be imperative to give the necessary punch to our paramilitary forces such as ITBP, BSF, CRPF, etc to be able to carry out effective border management and control internal strife. As the opportunities do not come every day and to put into words of Sun Tzu, “Amid the chaos, there is also an opportunity.”

Do not trouble the trouble so much that the trouble starts...

It is high time, the Chinese Government reign in their expansionist tendencies and be a part of a World Economic and Social Order. The Chinese need to be reminded of a simple saying “Do not Trouble the Trouble until the Trouble Troubles you.”