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In the current charter issued by the government, big-ticket acquisitions will remain in the defence secretary’s purview and thus final negotiations with foreign collaborators / Indian defence public sector undertakings or Indian private industry rests with the DoD and the defence secretary. Delays as earlier are likely to remain and it is surprising that with “Make in India” and “Start-up India”—the PM’s pet initiatives—have not taken off, yet the government persists in following the old structures.
Best strategy for India will be to continue to engage Iran on both fronts. Simultaneously, keep seeking concessions from USA for oil trade and Chabahar Port. India could be a more acceptable link between Iran and USA. Any overtures to Iran cannot be at the cost of India’s relations with Saudi Arabia and UAE links to which are even more important currently. In next two decades, the emergence of alternative energy sources will reduce the importance of oil. West Asia will still remain an important trade route to Europe and Central Asia. ‘Wait and Watch’ will be the best policy for India.
The US and Iran need a third party mediation to de-escalate the tension and normalise relations. India is a strong contender to take on this mantle and broker peace between the two belligerents. Prime Minister Modi has a strong rapport with President Trump and President Rouhani, and with India, being close to the region with strong cultural and religious ties, it is in our interest that positive steps are taken to bring both the leaders to the negotiating table in New Delhi. Apart from stabilising our extended neighbourhood the strategic gains are immense.
Relations between USA and Iran started deteriorating with Trump applying the policy of “maximum pressure” for a regime change in Tehran. Although other Western signatories to the deal viz UK, France and Germany including Russia and China voiced their strong opposition to Trump’s policy and actions, they could do precious little to stop reinstitution of the sanctions against Iran and a stop to oil imports by all countries including India, China and others who had been provided a waiver in the past.
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It is agreed that the military character of the Beating Retreat ceremony should not be compromised. However, a fusion of conventional military movements and traditional Indian instruments will only add to the stature of the ceremony and inculcate a sense of national ascendancy. To read full article, please subscribe.
General Bipin Rawat is India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), taking over immediately after his term is over as the Chief of Army Staff on 31 December 2019. Author: Team DSA To read full article, please subscribe.
eneral Naravane will be the third Chief of Army Staff from the famous Sikh Light Infantry, where he was commissioned in June 1980 in the 7th Battalion.
The coming decade promises to be a watershed decade for the defence services when the policy changes put in place ought to start fructifying and showing results. One would look forward to greater indigenisation and a technological leap in defence hardware enabling export of defence equipment. It will also be a very crucial and challenging decade as the armed forces would need to narrow the technological and capability gap with its northern neighbour. The armed forces would also need to review their doctrines and strategy to prepare themselves for warfare of the future with focus on space and cyber / information warfare domains.