Nitin A Gokhale

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Corporatising OFBs: An idea whose time has come

Corporatising OFBs: An idea whose time has come

Rediff.com25 Aug 2020

'The much-awaited decision could be a welcome change at a time when the Indian armed forces are crying for self-reliance and the defence industry is looking forward to more indigenisation,' notes Nitin A Gokhale.

R N Kao, India's legendary Spymaster

R N Kao, India's legendary Spymaster

Rediff.com17 Oct 2019

'Here was a man who played a major part in helping the Bengalis of East Pakistan create a new nation, secured the merger of Sikkim into the Indian dominion and built R&AW into a formidable outfit, comparable to the best in the world.' Rameshwar Nath Kao shunned the limelight, hated to be photographed and preferred to work behind the scenes. A revealing excerpt from Nitin A Gokhale's much awaited book, R N Kao: Gentleman Spymaster.

You went too soon, Manohar Parrikar

You went too soon, Manohar Parrikar

Rediff.com22 Mar 2019

Nitin A Gokhale, Co-founder, BharatShakti.in and long-time Rediff.com contributor, remembers a most unusual politician.

Citizenship Amendment Bill: A humanitarian act

Citizenship Amendment Bill: A humanitarian act

Rediff.com11 Jan 2019

'While the fears in Assam and other north eastern states are natural given their experience since 1947 when successive governments and even political leaders in Delhi have repeatedly let them down, the intent and provisions under the Citizenship Amendement Bill -- when examined closely -- should remove those apprehensions,' says Nitin A Gokhale, the well-known commentator who lived in and reported from the north east between 1983 and 2006.

Every Indian must salute these patriots

Every Indian must salute these patriots

Rediff.com9 Apr 2018

BharatShakti.in Founder Nitin A Gokhale pays homage to Mr E N Rammohan and Colonel M B Ravindranath, two genuine Indian heroes who sadly passed into the ages on Sunday

Why Modi chose Dineshwar Sharma as his point man for J&K

Why Modi chose Dineshwar Sharma as his point man for J&K

Rediff.com24 Oct 2017

'The government is in no hurry to talk to the separatists and would like to approach the Kashmiri people directly through various other organisations.' 'Officials in charge of J&K affairs at the Centre are clear that there would be no let up in the operations against terrorists,' reveals BharatShakti.in founder Nitin A Gokhale.

Exclusive! How the surgical strikes were planned

Exclusive! How the surgical strikes were planned

Rediff.com22 Sep 2017

'Not a single soldier should be left behind in enemy territory.' Nitin A Gokhale's fascinating account on how the Indian Army conducted the daring and successful cross-border operation last September.

Exclusive! When Indian forces went behind enemy lines

Exclusive! When Indian forces went behind enemy lines

Rediff.com22 Sep 2017

'This is what we train for: That one chance to deliver a blow so lethal that the enemy will constantly think about it when planning any misadventure.'

China: Why India must always be vigilant

China: Why India must always be vigilant

Rediff.com31 Aug 2017

'The possibility of another incursion, a probing manoeuvre in areas where Indian defences are vulnerable cannot be ruled out.'

Why China wanted to grab Bhutan's land

Why China wanted to grab Bhutan's land

Rediff.com3 Jul 2017

'The Chinese forces in the narrow Chumbi Valley are currently in the line of sight and fire of Indian forces poised on the ridges along the Sikkim-Tibet border.' 'Aware of this vulnerability, the Chinese have been eyeing the Doklam plateau,' explains national security expert Nitin A Gokhale.

Why India will monitor S S Khaplang's funeral

Why India will monitor S S Khaplang's funeral

Rediff.com10 Jun 2017

After the Naga leader's death, Chinese intelligence may ensure ULFA terrorist Paresh Barua takes over as leader of the anti-India rebel groups operating out of Myanmar, says Nitin A Gokhale.

Why PM needs a Parrikar 2.0 as Raksha Mantri

Why PM needs a Parrikar 2.0 as Raksha Mantri

Rediff.com14 Mar 2017

In 28 months, Manohar Parrikar as defence minister developed easy relationships with the top brass of the three Services as was rarely ever witnessed before. He threw caution to the winds and managed to pull the forces out of a downward spiral in operational capabilities.

The Indian Army is not asking for immunity

The Indian Army is not asking for immunity

Rediff.com18 Feb 2017

'General Rawat's unambiguous stand has acted as a much needed confidence booster to the troops -- young officers and soldiers at the cutting edge -- who were often left wondering if they were doing the right and necessary thing in combating the terrorists, many times paying with their own lives,' says Nitin A Gokhale.

Let the army do its job, please

Let the army do its job, please

Rediff.com25 Jul 2016

The military continues to battle difficult circumstances in Kashmir. Let's not add to their woes by spreading half-baked stories, factually incorrect posts and inaccurate articles.

'In two years, there hasn't been a single case of corruption in the defence ministry'

'In two years, there hasn't been a single case of corruption in the defence ministry'

Rediff.com23 May 2016

'The cost of the Rafale contract will be substantially lower than being talked about.' 'If you throw away the price they demand, our coffers will soon become empty.' 'When it comes to spending the nation's money I am very careful and stingy.'

Assam triumph: BJP's Open Sesame to the north-east

Assam triumph: BJP's Open Sesame to the north-east

Rediff.com19 May 2016

'The win in Assam is likely to have a ripple effect in other north-eastern states like Manipur and Nagaland which have been reluctant to embrace the BJP in the past,' says Nitin A Gokhale, the distinguished commentator on strategic affairs, who lived and reported from Assam between 1983 and 2006.

India must be ready to attack in the event of another terror strike

India must be ready to attack in the event of another terror strike

Rediff.com2 Jan 2016

'That the terrorists could still kill three security personnel, including men of the Defence Service Corps, indicates highly trained men are being sent across the border,' says national security expert Nitin A Gokhale, founder, BharatShakti.in

Exclusive! Manohar Parrikar on his plans for India's defence

Exclusive! Manohar Parrikar on his plans for India's defence

Rediff.com25 Nov 2015

'The armed forces have been given clear indication that they have to give priority to Make in India and indigenisation and dependence on foreign source should be reduced.' 'Almost Rs 90,000 crores contracts have been signed during my tenure. Another almost Rs 70,000 crores are in the pipeline.'

The war that helped India regain its military confidence

The war that helped India regain its military confidence

Rediff.com26 Aug 2015

'India was in no position to wage another war in 1965, having suffered a morale-shattering defeat in 1962. The three services were in the middle of a modernisation and expansion phase and therefore not fully trained or battle-ready.'

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