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Nitin A. Gokhale

Author, thought leader and one of South Asia's leading strategic analysts, Nitin A. Gokhale has forty years of rich and varied experience behind him as a conflict reporter, Editor, author and now a media entrepreneur who owns and curates two important digital platforms, BharatShakti.in and StratNewsGlobal.com focusing on national security, strategic affairs and foreign policy matters. At the beginning of his long and distinguished career, Gokhale has lived and reported from India’s North-east for 23 years, writing and analysing various insurgencies in the region, been on the ground at Kargil in the summer of 1999 during the India-Pakistan war, and also brought live reports from Sri Lanka’s Eelam War IV between 2006-2009.

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  1. Ashish Singh

    A recipe for disaster this for sure. Except for the maritime theatre, others are hardly theatres. And the best part is, jointmanship is completely missing. China and Pak must be rubbing their hands in glee. Our military planners seem to think war against Pak will be waged independently on land and sea, hence ops in these 2 domains under different theatre commanders. But the biggest folly is the AD command. Effectively undoing 70 years of evolution of air power and splitting up the most offensive component of military power. And its all actually happening! Disaster awaits should we ever go to war. And not just against China, but Pakistan as well.

  2. Subra

    This implies that All three service chiefs can now twiddle their thumbs and pass time. CDS effectively is the chief for three services. What is the advantage of such buggers muddle. What happens to the current dispensation not covered by the theatre commands.

    1. rishi

      do you even understand the military strategies and theatre command warfare ? in China entire Air force n Navy is under Armys command … so is the pak army ? in india we have too much differences n too independence on tri services which stupidly compete for finances due to the moronic civilian IAS manning their departments as head ..n sec n jt sec.. ? integrated commands means unified armed forces …three cheifs have enough on their task .. n like the filures of china 62 n pak 65 AF n Army lacking the direction by dumb defense minister…will now be entire responsibility of the CDS n his services team .. n no dumb IAS or civilian scumbag will interfere in their operations !

  3. Laljee Verma

    Surely, a recipe for disaster. Post of CDS was created for an entirely different purpose but in a gradual manner he is trying to become a Super-Chief without absolute control over men and material, and boss over the service chiefs. If implemented it will be disastrous for the country. Please…please the Government do not accept to implement it.

    Laljee Verma, Retd Air Mshl, a thinker and an author.

    1. RSZ

      Sir please stop this nonsense. contemptuous wrangling over CDS …..inter services rivalry has led to rot in your armed forces …CDS is single point convenor for tri services and be being de facto super chief will bring about stronger action …unlike the COSC the useless post . CDS needs to represent military ….

  4. Laljee Verma

    I had opined that there will be a conflict in policy ideas with the establishment of the CDS, and the fun has started. It will further aggravate when the theatre commands come into being. Clearly a disaster in the making.

    Laljee Verma, Retd Air Mshl, a thinker and an author

    1. RSZ

      joint forces will operate thatre command and hence there will be no delays in swift action ….CDS …. i dont understand why u r so pessimistic .. AF n Navy n not independent forces … Army being largest has to take precedence of attack n command theatres in north ..!! Af has to complement them AF is not just a logistic or transport agency !!! .. l


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