Shankar Roychowdhury

Shankar  Roychowdhury

Shankar Roychowdhury

Will Hafiz Saeed meet Osama’s fate?

“Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to
resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done”
— George W. Bush, then US President, addressing a joint
session of the House of Representatives and the Senate after 9/11

Don’t ignore Iran while crafting Syria solution

The presidential election in the United States is scheduled for November 6 this year and electoral campaigns by the contestants are in full flow of rhetoric. The highlights have been a unique series of four televised one-on-one debates between US President Barack Obama and vice-president Joe Biden and their challengers Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan from the Republican Party.

Prepare for America’s rebalanced world

The winds of change in the international security architecture were perhaps best illustrated by Leon Panetta, the US secretary of defence, when he recently enunciated America’s revised policy of strategic “rebalance” at the forum of the Shangri-La Dialogue in June this year in Singapore.

No revenge for 26/11: In India, sab chalta hai

Libya again, this time in the context of American reaction to the death of ambassador Christopher Stevens on September 11 in what now increasingly appears to be a well-planned and targeted terrorist attack on the US mission in Benghazi by the Libyan Al Qaeda.

Understanding a soldier’s mind

Suicide is an extremely rare incident in a military unit and is always a cause of serious concern if one does occur. Reports of a soldier suicide in a unit located in a sensitive sector of the Indo-Pakistan border in the Jammu region were accordingly seized upon by the media to speculate about the possible compulsions that could drive an Indian Army soldier to take this supremely tragic final step.

There goes the siren of psy-war

Gulmarg” 1947, “Gibraltar” and “Grand Slam” 1965, “Changez Khan” 1971, and “Badr” 1999 — all these are Pakistani code words for the offensives launched against India during the Indo-Pak wars of those years.

Terror at the end of the tunnel?

The Indo-Pak border in the Jammu region is one of the most heavily policed in the world. So the fortuitous discovery on July 30 of a tunnel from Pakistan crossing into India under the border fencing in the Samba region should certainly set off burglar alarms at all levels.

The illegal identity

The fundamental doctrine, “the more you use, the less you lose”, on the use of force in mass was formulated prior to World War II by the German Panzer general, Heinz Wilhelm Guderian, a military genius universally revered in military circles.

Difficult friends

The whistle stop at Kolkata by the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, during her three-day visit to India in May was ostensibly to meet and express her admiration for West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who had uprooted a deeply entrenched Left Front government which had held unchallenged sway in the state for more than three decades.

Withdrawal symptoms

Withdrawal is the most difficult and morale sapping of all military operations, especially in the face of an enemy snapping at the heels and picking off stragglers during a retreat through an alien and inhospitable countryside towards presumed sanctuary at the end of the march.

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