Maj. Gen. Dr. Rajan Kochhar, VSM

Maj Gen Rajan Kochhar, VSM, retired as Major General Army Ordnance Corps, Central Command, after 37 years of meritorious service. An 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 and invited as an expert commentator by various news TV channels. He is an Arbitrator with the Ministry of Defence and Member, Manoj Parikkar Institute of Defence and Strategic Analyses, New Delhi.

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Importance of NLP in the armed forces

NLP is also a very important tool for performing the role of a mentor or a coach. It helps you move from a present state to the desired state by creating choices and options and then deciding on your future pace to kick start the process of self-improvement as well as become a facilitator to improve others.
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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’

Leasing of capital equipment is a common commercial practice that has been adapted for military purpose. According to a research study by Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, the decision is not ‘lease versus buy’ but ‘lease versus do without’. The question that should be asked is, “How critical is the requirement for national security?”

Politics of democracy– wake up call

If our nation has to develop the way Japan, Vietnam and Singapore have progressed in recent times we need to seriously re-think the way our elections are held and the type of representatives being elected to govern our country.

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

Today we have hidden enemies within us. The Cyber Warriors need to identify these hidden enemies, expose them and finally annihilate them. The Government needs to have a strict regulatory mechanism in place to guard against any anti-national propaganda or an attempt to incite passions on account of religion, caste or creed.
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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.

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.”

Indo-China faceoff: Can the Dragon be tamed?

In the overall perspective, there is a very little likelihood of an Indo-Chinese conflict. The Chinese will continue with their strategy of arm twisting India whenever they feel India has transgressed their laid down “Lakshman Rekha”. A message has been sent by them to India that it must review its strategic shift towards the US.

Corporatisation of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)

India has the dubious distinction of being one of the top arms importers. This undue dependence on imported military hardware often comes at a price and time India cannot afford as it happened during the Kargil war when India had to pay through its nose for inadequate and substandard weapons. Would corporatization of the Ordnance Factory Boards help heal India's age-old pain in the neck? Why can’t India produce the adequate quantity and quality of the weapons and equipment demanded?

World War III: round the corner?

Almost towards the fag end of World War II United States detonated two bombs leading to sudden and painful deaths of approximately 120,000 people. On August 6, 1945, a uranium gun-type device (code name "Little Boy") demolished Hiroshima, and three days later on August 9, a plutonium implosion-type device (code name "Fat Man") wiped off Nagasaki from the face of the earth.