Lieutenant General (Retd) Gautam Banerjee, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, was former Chief of Staff, Central Command, former Commandant of the Officers' Training Academy, Chennai. He is now Senior Fellow & Editor at the Vivekananda International Foundation.

Contributions 
Kashmir: The Climb Ahead “Don’t hit at all if it is honourably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft”, - Theodore Roosevelt A State of Complexities At the time of India’s independence, the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was, by the ver...

Has ‘Sab ka Saath ..’ Ended the Political Trick of ‘Divide and Rule’? “An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry”, - T S Eliot Politics in ‘New India’ Interactions with the masses indicate a rediscovery o...

US-India 2 Plus 2 Dialogue: Significance of Strategic Partnership “Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, …confusion of counsel until emergency comes … are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history” – Anon Defence Industry and...

The Maoist Rebellion, in Limp “ … for then only you will be strong, when you cherish the laws, and when the revolutionary attempts of lawless men shall have ceased …” – Aeschines. Greek statesman The Object of Discussion Much confabulat...

Occasional Papers 
The Larger Cause of National Defence: The CDS and Defence Reforms … there are many hurdles to cross in our endeavour to reform our system of national defence to meet the parameters of the nation’s military threats, technological and industrial capacities and fiscal affordability… The CDS … would be just one...

Afghanistan Manoeuvres: Sense and Nonsense of Talking to Taliban … every stake holder for Afghanistan’s democracy, stability and progress appreciates the severe consequences of the Taliban assuming power … also understand that even in a power sharing arrangement between the legitimate, democratic Government ...

Consecration of China’s ‘New Period’ People’s Liberation Army A Home Run of Military Modernisation At the dawn of Year 2016, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) officially promulgated the commencement of the final phase of restructuring of its apex setup for management of national defence as well a...

The Communist Party-Army Equation in China Preamble In republican scheme of matters, warfare is the ultimate political recourse that is to be prosecuted to seek conditions for advantageous settlement of external disputes. Conversely, in communist theology, military force is but an i...

China’s Defence White Paper, 2013: Assertions of A ‘Super Power’ in Making? Promulgations of A Super-Power In April 2013, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) released her eighth Defence White Paper, titled as ‘The Diversified Employment of China’s Armed Forces’. This exercise has been undertaken bi-annually since...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
Selected Essays from the Vivekananda International Foundation Over the past decade, the VIF has charted an academically independent path of research and analyses. The Foundation has thus been disseminating a vast stream of analyses of key developments and decision dilemmas concerning the nation to its wide circ...

China's Great Leap Forward II Development of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor is a fulcrum of the One Belt One Road Initiative through which China seeks to realise the ‘Chinese Dream’ to be a global power and a regional hegemon. The Corridor connects China’s Western Xin...

The Kashmir Narrative ISBN: 9788182748996 Publication Year: 2017 Binding: PB Pages: 100 Price: Rs. 295 Online Available at Pentagon Press ...

Twelve Essays on Terrorism: A VIF Analysis Edited by Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee Hardcover: 260 pages Publisher: Pentagon Press; First Edition edition (2017) ISBN-10: 8182749425 ISBN-13: 978-8182749429 Online Available at ...

Issue Briefs 
Chief of Defence Staff: A Far-reaching Decision … Institution of a body of military professionals to participate in defence policy-making at the apex level, duly empowered in highest level advisory as well as management roles, is a call of strategic wisdom. This call must be attended to with ala...

Either Side of Historical Conclusions: Evidences and Interpretations … historical narratives should be right, as far as possible accommodative of duly qualified civilisational memories, and so balanced and trust worthy … dignified or infamous, balanced historical narratives bring great advantages to the society, t...

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