A joint United Service Institution of India (USI) – Sichuan University, China seminar was conducted at USI on 27-28 August 2019. The seminar was organised as a part of the joint project “Building Strategic Trust Between India & China” between the two institutions. The project will culminate into a book form. The participating authors/scholars writing various sections of the book presented their perspective at the seminar. Some of the contributing authors were not able to attend the seminar, their respective perspective were presented by selected members from the teams.
Lt Gen Ghanshyam Singh Katoch (Retd) Writes: At 3.51 PM on 07 Sep 2019 President Donald Trump tweeted the until then secret information, of an impending talks with the Taliban at Camp David scheduled for 08 Sep i.e. the next day. He also informed that they were now cancelled.The tweet was no surprise. What would have been surprising was if the talks had continued regardless of the suicide car-bomb attack at Kabul’s Green Zone on 05 Sep 2019 which killed one US and Romanian soldier each and 10 Afghan civilian
A full-fledged hybrid war against Pakistan will badly distract us from our larger goals. India’s on-going strategy of incident based punitive response has posed serious caution on them. It is a good strategy and we need to refine it and keep it updated. We need a calibrated and covert response than professing outright hostility. This will bring as greater dividends.
Lt Gen Ghanshyam Singh Katoch, PVSM,AVSM,VSM (Retd) Writes: The introduction of two statutory resolutions that were introduced and passed on the same day in the Rajya Sabha on 05 Aug 2019 for abrogation of article 370 and reorganisation of the state of J&K, generated euphoria and unease depending upon the era from which one viewed it.