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No ‘Soft Power’ Without ‘Hard Power’

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Author: LT GEN PC KATOCH (RETD)

Before Defence Budget 2019-2020 was presented; US had already indicated it would exit Afghanistan. Have we taken into account that with this, Pakistan will likely get more belligerent towards India, including her thinning out troops from her western flank for additional deployments against India? How seriously the China-Pakistan collusive threat is being considered by the political hierarchy, remains questionable. Continuing neglect of defence certainly doesn’t bode well for the country and India can’t hope to be a global power without a strong military.


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