Prakash Katoch

Prakash Chand Katoch is a veteran Indian Special Forces Lieutenant General, whose last assignment in his 40-year army service was as Director General of Information Systems. With an MSc in Defence Studies from Madras University and a post-graduate degree from the National Defence College, he has authored over 290 articles on international relations, strategic affairs, national security, military, technical, and topical issues in various magazines and journals. A leading defense expert, he is a visiting fellow in foreign think-tanks and contributes regularly for Indian and foreign publications. Active in seminars at both national and international levels, he has vast experience in special operations, counter terrorism, counter insurgency, and high altitude/jungle/desert warfare. 1. He held the Field Marshal KM Cariappa Chair of Excellence at the USI of India from 2011-2012 and has authored a book on India’s Special Forces. 2. His second book titled Net-centricity and Indian Military is under publication.

India: Bridging Sub-Conventional Deficit

June 27, 2013

India must utilise its Special Forces in favour of the country’s strategic interests. In an article for India Today, the former Indian foreign secretary, Kanwal Sibal, wrote:

Reigniting Kashmir

November 17, 2012

An overview of India's Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the Kashmir region. John Quinton, American writer once wrote, “Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.” It appears that this is exactly what is happening in...

The Siachen Story: Himalayan Blunder by India’s Government

October 13, 2012

The Indian government is acting against the interests of the country by surreptitiously agreeing to a deal with Pakistan according to which it will withdraw troops from Siachen Glacier, the command of which gives India immense strategic advantages. India is committing a historical strategic blunder by quietly agreeing to Pakistan’s...

Fraud Food Reserves

August 31, 2012

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar recently said that in case of famine, India has enough food reserves. What he did not clarify is that how much of that reserve is palatable.