All stories by Vice Admiral Premvir Das (Retd)
Does India measure up as a maritime power?Rediff.com16 Feb 2021
At any time, there is a need to operationally deploy two aircraft carriers in the vast Indian Ocean, asserts Vice Admiral Premvir Das (retd).
Don't ignore Russia while rushing into bear hug with USRediff.com21 Jan 2021
US-India defence cooperation must not adversely affect the India-Russia interface, which has its own strategic meaning and content, asserts Vice Admiral Premvir Das (retd).
Reality check: Can India double defence exports?Rediff.com28 Feb 2020
The prospects of India becoming a credible manufacturer of defence platforms or major weapon systems for export are remote, says Vice Admiral Premvir Das (retd).
China is the real threatRediff.com27 Jun 2019
'China, much more than Pakistan, is a credible potential adversary with the ability to hurt our interests.' 'It must figure higher in our national security concerns,' says Vice Admiral Premvir Das (retd).
What our defence chiefs need to do quicklyRediff.com12 Apr 2018
'Amid the frequent cries that the defence budget falls short of what is needed, we tend to ignore the reality that any enhancement in the allocation is just not possible, and the armed forces have no option but to operate within this constraint.' 'So, unless deadwood -- especially manpower -- is identified and eliminated, we simply cannot have a modern military of the type that India needs,' says Vice Admiral Premvir Das (retd).
Are we ready to fight the wars of the future?Rediff.com16 Mar 2018
'We must look at the entire question of military preparedness anew, taking into account the new realities,' says Vice Admiral Premvir Das (retd).
India must stop ignoring the AndamansRediff.com19 Dec 2017
'The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are an asset that any country aspiring to become a major power would give anything to own.' 'It is disappointing that India has not capitalised on this potential,' says Vice Admiral Premvir Das (retd).
Why Malabar 2017 is importantRediff.com15 Jul 2017
'Cooperation at sea involves not just ships going out together and carrying out exercises over a couple of days, but understanding the whys and the wherefores,' points out Vice Admiral Premvir Das (retd).
Why these are scary times for IndiaRediff.com22 May 2017
'There is no holistic picture of our own goals and objectives.' 'For some inexplicable reason, the decision makers find it best to listen to their inner souls in dealing with these issues rather devising a carefully thought-out, structured plan,' says Vice Admiral Premvir Das (retd).
Our generals must be part of Pakistan talksRediff.com11 Nov 2015
'It will make good sense for military men on that side of the table to be confronted by our own.'