PAKISTAN : REVOLUTION, CIVIL WAR OR ANARCHY?
Lt Gen V P Singh(R) and i had a clear headed discussion on what is happening in Pakistan. While there is a tendency to typify events in Pakistan very loosely, the reality is that it is a power struggle which has ingredients of a revolution, some aspects of a civil war and is largely descending…
Pakistan’s Evolving Situation
Lt Gen K J Singh (R) and i had a very down to earth and clear discussion on the evolving situation in Pakistan. The situation is as bleak as can be. The exchange was very professional and in depth. The kind of questions which we were confronted with were indeed reflective that our audience demands…
Yuanisation of the World by Lt Gen PR Shankar(R)
Once the Yuan becomes the reserve currency of the world, everything falls in place for Xi and the gang. Published in The Financial Express @ https://www.financialexpress.com/business/defence-yuanisation-of-the-world-3060104/ De-dollarisation is the Chinese tune of the day. Elegies are being sung on the death of the dollar, choreographed with Chinese lyrics. The death of the dollar is supposed…
The China Challenge : Defining the Challenge
The curtain raiser on the China challenge was indeed defining. Lt Gen SL Narasimhan (R) lays it out in bare terms the challenge which is now emerging from China. This is the second time I heard this presentation. It acquired more meaning. This is a must for anyone who is a china watcher , even…
China on a Prowl by Lt Gen P R Shankar (R)
It was pretty apparent that China will use technology, diplomacy and its military to revive its economy and also use them to offset its long term problems. Published in The Financial Express @https://www.financialexpress.com/world-news/china-on-a-prowl/3052055/ In an earlier article I had opined that in the foreseeable future, the China will exhibit an hard exterior and a brittle interior. It…
The New Cold War By Lt Gen P R Shankar (R)
Published in The Sunday Guardian @ https://sundayguardianlive.com/opinion/the-new-cold-war A major marker of the new cold war was the Covid pandemic. Two years of the pandemic brought the worst features of China to the fore The post-cold war international order was underpinned by three elements. The unipolar status of the United States, increased globalisation and the impending…
Todays Agniveer Tomorrows Mercenary ?
This video is a sequel to the video on Outsourcing War @ https://gunnersshot.com/2023/04/01/outsourcing-war/. In this video, I have highlighted the increasing demand in the private military sector and the increasing supply due to the Agniveers exiting service in future. I have analysed the shortcomings of the Agniveer system and have suggested methods to overcome them.…
CIVIL MILITARY FUSION: A MODEL FOR INDIA
In case India has to modernise and rise as a power of consequence, the necessity of Civil Military Fusion for India is undisputed. By Lt Gen PR Shankar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)* This article was published in the CENJOWS Journal, SYNERGY- Feb 2023 on theme “Civil-Military Fusion in Defence: The Way Forward” @ https://cenjows.in/pdf-view/?url=2023/03/3.-Civil-Military-Fusion-A-Model-for-India-By-Lt-Gen-PR-Shankar-Retd.pdf&pID=19302&pg=1 (Pages 52-67)…
The Future of a Nuclear Frog
Pakistan was once the gateway to the oil-rich countries of the Middle East and Central Asia. Published in The Financial Express @ https://www.financialexpress.com/defence/the-future-of-a-nuclear-frog/3011758/ By Lt Gen P R Shankar (R) As Pakistan drifts rapidly towards default, there is intense speculation daily on its future. Many in India feel that it will auto-Balkanise. There is huge commentary on how…
CASA Dialogues : Counter The Dragon in Nepal and Bhutan
Lt Gen Shokin Chauhan (r) and I had a great conversation on Nepal and Bhutan and as to how to counter the Chinese influence there. It was an in-depth discussion on core issues. Worth your while to go through it. It was educative for me.