Saikat Datta,

Saikat Datta

New Delhi, DL, India

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Past articles by Saikat:

Sharper teeth and a shorter tail: How the Indian Army can be reformed to fight wars of the future

Cut the flab in logistics and ancillary branches and enhance combat capabilities. → Read More

Lt Col Shrikant Purohit is out of jail. How will the Army deal with him now?

He is unlikely to be suspended. → Read More

‘Dunkirk’ and ‘The Longest Day’ have a connection that goes beyond the war theme

Both Christopher Nolan’s movie and the 1962 black-and-white classic offer perspectives on how war and conflict are remembered. → Read More

Will Ajit Doval’s talks with State Councillor Yang Jiechi this week resolve the Doklam stand-off?

The National Security Adviser is likely to offer withdrawal of Indian troops if China stops road construction in the disputed region. → Read More

Doklam crisis: Not optimistic about prospects of an early settlement, says ex India envoy to China

Ashok K Kantha represented New Delhi at Beijing for two years till 2016. → Read More

Amarnath yatra attack: Intelligence agencies anticipated an attack, but details eluded them

The attack was meant to embarrass the Modi government and security forces, and energise militant cadres, say analysts across security agencies. → Read More

India-China standoff: Delhi determined not to back off till a diplomatic solution is found

It is believed that China began to build a road in this sector in the belief that India would not intervene. → Read More

Why is the Indian Army still using outdated assault rifles designed in the 1980s?

The country’s defence planning and procurement system is broken. → Read More

Is India’s spurning of China’s One Belt One Road project linked to the Sikkim standoff?

While refusing to join the initiative, New Delhi said that it ignored its concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity. → Read More

Opinion: Army Chief Bipin Rawat should know that India is not prepared for a two-front war

The Army, Air Force and Navy are battling obsolete equipment and shortages of weapons and ammunition. → Read More

45 years of Watergate: Why the journalism of the Washington Post-NYT holds lessons for today’s media

What could have been passed off as an innocuous burglary became one of the biggest stories in journalism globally. → Read More

Dealing with protests in Kashmir: The army chief has spoken. Why is the prime minister silent?

The democratically-elected civilian leadership needs to clarify whether Indian citizens should be afraid of their army. → Read More

In Kashmir, the army’s unprecedented moves fuel fears of fresh violence and resentment

The recent army actions may get high approval ratings in rest of India, but in Kashmir valley they are seen as adding fuel to the fire. → Read More

CRPF report on Maoist attack that killed 25 men in Sukma blames weak intelligence, poor leadership

Recommendations may lead to middle-level changes in Chhattisgarh. → Read More

In Kashmir, worries mount that killing of Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz could mark a new phase of militancy

Targeting of vulnerable security and military personnel is likely to escalate, intelligence agencies warn. → Read More

As Pakistan Army brass backs Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death penalty, is India hoping for a spy exchange?

But this seems unlikely given New Delhi’s clear stand that the former Navy man is not an operative. → Read More

Sukma Maoist attack may have been result of ‘operational lapse’, say initial findings of CRPF team

The attackers may have tied improvised explosive devices to traditional arrows, killing 25 jawans. → Read More

DS Hooda interview: ‘The image of youth tied to jeep doesn’t define the Army’s approach to Kashmir’

Former Army commander DS Hooda says the action was illegal but there are other factors guiding military action in the Valley. → Read More

Kulbhushan Jadhav: With limited options, India has opened back-channel talks with Pakistan for now

The bilateral crisis seems to have been sparked off by the recent disappearance of a retired Pakistani military official from Lumbini, Nepal. → Read More

The Congress government set out to dilute the anti-corruption law. Why is BJP playing along?

The Haryana chief minister wrote to the prime minister in October opposing amendments to the law. But Modi's office says it received no such letter. → Read More