The current LoC narrative and India’s response

Lt General S A Hasnain, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM (Bar), VSM (Bar), Visiting Fellow, VIF
In conventional warfare command decisions are based on a range of options, the escalation matrix is well understood and risk is quite easily calculated on the basis of resources, surprise and leadership. However, in irregular warfare the challenge of
Jammu & Kashmir, National Security and Strategic Studies

The Electoral Verdict-2014 in Jammu & Kashmir- a Challenge and Opportunity

C D Sahay, Dean, Centre for Neighbourhood Studies and Internal Security Studies, VIF
Two weeks have elapse since the eagerly awaited results of the J&K state assembly elections were announced on December 23, 2014. It is a bit surprising, indeed disappointing, that the main political parties have still not managed to clearly understan
Jammu & Kashmir, Governance and Political Studies

Security Trends in Jammu and Kashmir: A Year of Uncertainty Awaits

Lt General S A Hasnain, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM (Bar), VSM (Bar), Visiting Fellow, VIF
The current scenario in Jammu & Kashmir is drawing attention towards some ongoing imperatives. First, the assembly election results are a reflection of uncertainty on the political front with clear dividing lines between the Valley and Jammu region ;
Jammu & Kashmir, National Security and Strategic Studies

The J&K Flood Disaster : Overcoming Effects on The Security Paradigm

Lt General S A Hasnain, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM (Bar), VSM (Bar), Visiting Fellow, VIF
In 2005, one of the major considerations for the inauguration of the Karvan-e-Aman, the Srinagar- Muzaffarabad Bus Service, was the projection of a contrast which was expected to be perceived by the POK travellers between the standard of development
Jammu & Kashmir, National Security and Strategic Studies

Subversive Blinkers - Sustaining Separatism by Emasculation of Common Sense

Dr Ajay Chrungoo
The subversive war in Jammu and Kashmir is not only about keeping the destabilizing internal security challenges alive through calibrated terrorist attacks from time to time. In the recent past, it has been more about successfully deploying blinkers
Jammu & Kashmir, National Security and Strategic Studies

Kashmir – Dilution Is No Answer

General NC Vij, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM
The motivation for this piece comes from Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta’s recent article in Indian Express, ‘Disarming Kashmir’ of December 7. In his inimitable style, he has built up a case that with peace and normalcy returning on the ground
Jammu & Kashmir, National Security and Strategic Studies

The Kashmir Dispute—the Faultlines

Dr M K Teng
In the dynamics of history and the variables which govern the course of political sociology, historians do not make history. They only record its course and describe the forces and narrate the events, which are a reality that the historians cannot di
Jammu & Kashmir, National Security and Strategic Studies, Neighbourhood Studies, Pakistan, Historical and Civilisational Studies

Punish the Pakistan Army for Repeated ‘Rogue’ Actions

Brig Gurmeet Kanwal, Visiting Fellow, VIF
In recent months, the Pakistan army has been behaving in a rather aggressive manner on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir in blatant violation of the mutually observed cease-fire. Following closely on the heels of the beheading of an Indi
Jammu & Kashmir, National Security and Strategic Studies, Neighbourhood Studies, Border and Coastal Security, Defence, Pakistan

Portents of Increased Terrorist Violence in J&K – Proactive Action Only Option

Rohit Singh, Senior Research Associate, VIF
Sometime during the autumn of 2012, security forces homed on to a communication between a terrorist commander in the valley with his handler based in Pakistan Occupiued Kashmir (POK). The agitated handler was egging the commander to carry out some ac
Terrorism, Jammu & Kashmir, National Security and Strategic Studies

National Counter-terrorism Centre (NCTC): Issues and Options

Dr. N Manoharan, Senior Fellow, VIF
Going by the recent claims of Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, NCTC would see the light of the day after next month’s Chief Ministers’ conference. Earlier attempts to set-up an umbrella body on counter-terrorism failed mainly because of opposi
Terrorism, Leftwing Extremism, Jammu & Kashmir, North-East Insurgency, National Security and Strategic Studies, Police - Law and Order