All stories by Nitin Gokhale
India's National Security is being transformedRediff.com22 Oct 2018
Prime Minister Modi felt there were too many silos with no arrangement to take a comprehensive view on national security. The PM has entrusted NSA Ajit Doval to evolve a comprehensive roadmap and get it implemented, reveals Nitin Gokhale, Editor-in-Chief, Strategic News International.
India's quiet victories around ChinaRediff.com7 Jul 2017
New Delhi is quietly reclaiming its space in Asia by forging alliances with China's neighbours. In a way, India is converting its much-talked about Act East Policy to Engage East practice.
Beware India's enemies! 'IAF is expanding at a rapid pace'Rediff.com13 Feb 2017
'IAF is expanding at a rapid pace'
Why the government chose General RawatRediff.com19 Dec 2016
By jettisoning the seniority principle, the government has sent a strong signal that only merit and suitability will count in occupying posts in the higher echelons of the military, writes national security expert Nitin Gokhale.
Revealed: How the surgical strikes ops unfoldedRediff.com30 Sep 2016
'A couple of hours before the H-Hour, the Kupwara division opened small arms and mortar fire on posts opposite its area of operation.' 'This was a diversionary tactic.' 'As Pakistani forces began to react to the firing, special forces teams began to slowly cross the LoC into PoK.' Nitin Gokhale reveals how planning for the surgical strikes began hours after the Uri attack.
How India got the Rafale at a lower priceRediff.com21 Sep 2016
As the Cabinet approves the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, Nitin Gokhale/Bharatshakti.in reveals how India brought down the price of the Rafale deal.
Explained: The AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scamRediff.com27 Apr 2016
Nitin Gokhale, national security expert and founder BharatShakti.in, tells us what the controversy is all about.
Siachen: Toughest call of duty for the Indian soldierRediff.com10 Feb 2016
'At an altitude of 5,000 metres, the levels of oxygen in the blood of a healthy soldier would be similar to that of a patient with a severe lung disorder at sea level.' 'While such patients are admitted to ICUs, confined to bed and treated with continuous oxygen therapy, the soldier at 5,000 metres with similar levels of oxygen in his blood performs intense physical activity and fights the enemy!' BharatShakti.in founder Nitin Gokhale reveals the ordeals that await soldiers when they are posted to the Siachen glacier.
Revealed: $4 bn is holding up the Rafale dealRediff.com26 Jan 2016
India won't pay more than $7 billion for 36 Rafale aircraft. The French want $11 billion.
Blow by blow: How swift action saved the day in PathankotRediff.com9 Jan 2016
Nitin Gokhale reports on how quick decisions saved a repeat of a Mumbai-like carnage at the key Punjab air force base.
Security forces didn't want more casualtiesRediff.com5 Jan 2016
'The Pathankot episode shows that the security forces handled the attack well after the initial setback, although there is no denying that there are shortcomings in India's security grid that need urgent correction,' says national security expert Nitin Gokhale, founder, BharatShakti.in
Myanmar's top army brass to visit Delhi for anti-rebel strategyRediff.com26 Jun 2015
The military delegation will be in Delhi "shortly" and confer with top Indian Army officials as well as those in the ministry of external affairs to evolve a road map for a counter-insurgency strategy, reports Nitin Gokhale.
Myanmar ops a one-off, can't expect replay on western borderRediff.com10 Jun 2015
Those advocating a similar raid in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, for instance, need to have a reality check on the applicability of the same template on other borders, says Nitin Gokhale.
Did you know 8 soldiers were killed on Sunday?Rediff.com4 May 2015
'The sad truth is our news managers know much more about Houston and Boston than Kohima and Kokrajhar...' 'Many worthies will travel to the US and Europe to report on Prime Minister Modi's foreign sojourns, but will cite the difficulties of logistics when asked why they don't cover Modi's forays into Arunachal Pradesh, a state China lays claim to.'
Army wants Mountain Strike Corps against China; but where's the money?Rediff.com22 Apr 2015
'The necessity of a Mountain Strike Corps is well understood. The problem is in implementing the intention.'
'One Rank One Pension' rollout just weeks awayRediff.com10 Apr 2015
Military veterans are finally set to get their dues following Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's assertion that the 'One Rank One Pension' scheme is just weeks away from being implemented.
India to buy 60+ Rafale jets off the shelfRediff.com10 Apr 2015
India may scrap negotiations with Dassault for 126 Rafale fighter jets. Instead, it is likely to buy over 60 jets in a flyaway condition.
AFSPA debate is clouded by emotion, distrustRediff.com25 Feb 2015
'The provisions of the AFSPA must remain on the statute books given the increasingly violent and uncertain times.'
The murky world of Matang SinhRediff.com5 Feb 2015
'During his stint as MoS in the Narasimha Rao PMO, Matang Sinh developed contacts in the bureaucracy which stood him in good stead even when out of power.'
Sunk Pakistani boat was no ordinary fishing vesselRediff.com5 Jan 2015
On available evidence, it is still not clear if India was the target or if the occupants on destroyed boat were assigned to carry out any terrorist attack. What is clear however is the boat was no ordinary fishing vessel, says Nitin Gokhale.
A few good men and the angry seaRediff.com5 Jan 2015
A Few Good Men and the Angry Sea: 2004 Tsunami, the IAF Story, is the incredible story of survival, guts, resilience and indomitable spirit of the air warriors and their families, civilians and the government's efforts in rebuilding the strategically important military Car Nicobar air base.
How NTRO, Coast Guard stopped explosive-laden Pak shipRediff.com2 Jan 2015
Well-coordinated operation foils 26/11-like intrusion from sea. Nitin Gokhale reports.
Will Mahinda Rajapaksa be defeated?Rediff.com2 Jan 2015
As the island heads for elections, two major factors worry Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. One is the division in the Sinhala vote and the other is the prospect of the Tamils and Muslims voting heavily against him.
Making the northeast a business hub of South AsiaRediff.com30 Nov 2014
For the region to realise its full potential, New Delhi needs to start looking at the land-locked northeast as an important starting point in India's 'Act East' policy, says Nitin Gokhale
26/11: Sheer paralysis gripped the governmentRediff.com26 Nov 2014
'The government, supposedly manned by wise and experienced officers, was all at sea, unable to act cohesively, and with restraint. Each agency was out to score brownie points.'
They don't make the likes of M V Kamath anymoreRediff.com9 Oct 2014
'If you are a professional journalist, don't ever think that your work is going to bring in revolution or that you are going to change the world. That job is best left to the revolutionaries,' M V Kamath, the legendary journalist who passed away on October 9, told Nitin Gokhale.
Why India-Japan strategic ties are critical in containing ChinaRediff.com24 Jan 2014
As Japan beefs up its defences against China, both New Delhi and Tokyo seem to have decided to re-energise their relationship to ensure a strategic balance in Asia. It is a clear signal that they may be ready to work together in containing if not confronting China, says Nitin Gokhale.
Arvind Kejriwal, This is the chief minister to emulateRediff.com27 Dec 2013
The media and social media are abuzz about the no-frills style of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Delhi's to-be-CM Arvind Kejriwal, both very unusual politicians in today's India. But India has not seen a chief minister like Nripen Chakraborty whose spartan lifestyle and frugal habits were the subject of legend.