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  • Abhishek Gupta asked: Has Mauritius offered the lease of Agalega Islands to the Indian Navy? What does it mean for India?

    S.S. Parmar replies: There is apparently some confusion on this issue. News papers had reported that the Islands were offered during the visit of Dr. Arvin Boolell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of the Republic of Mauritius to India during July 4-7, 2012. However, a press statement by the Mauritian High Commission had stated:

    “In the several interviews given by Minister A. Boolell to the written press, never was the issue of Agalega raised either on a stand-alone basis or as part of a trade-off for the DTA (Double Taxation Avoidance) issue. The issue was also never discussed with the Indian authorities. At no point in time did the Minister refer to any “deal” as mentioned in an article entitled “Mauritius offers India 2 Islands in effort to preserve tax treaty” in today’s edition of “The Times of India”. The said article is erroneous, misleading, false and malicious.”

    There is also no mention of the offer on the website of the Ministry of External Affairs. As per newspaper reports, the issue of handing over of the Islands in 2006 had met with stiff political resistance. The Island offer has been connected with three issues – Firstly, to avoid cancellation of the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement; secondly, development as a tourist resort; and thirdly, as a strategic military base. In the first issue, Mauritius has apparently more to gain, and in the second issue – both nations could gain. The third issue would require deft political and diplomatic manoeuvring and India is unlikely to set up a military base for its own use. However, development of a military base for joint operations could be considered.

    Indian Naval Strategy in the Twenty First Century by James R. Holmes, Andrew Winner and Toshi Yoshihara

    The 44th book in the Cass Series on Naval Policy and History, this book is an academic study of India's emerging maritime strategy from a Western perspective. Not surprisingly, therefore, it attempts to offer a systematic analysis of the shadow play between Western military thought and Indian maritime traditions.

    May 2012

    Establishing India's Military Readiness Concerns and Strategy

    Military readiness is perhaps one of the least studied and understood concepts in the field of strategic studies. In the absence of any significant literature in the public domain, defence policy makers and practitioners worldwide tend to define military readiness in several different ways.


    Faulty Manpower Policy in Indian Armed Forces: Time for Action

    Faulty promotion policies and the unsatisfactory professional education of the officer corps deprive Indian military officers of the opportunity to master strategy and develop capacities for handling high level issues.

    June 13, 2011

    Outcome Budgeting for Naval Dockyards

    The Indian Navy (IN) has one Naval Dockyard (ND) each at Mumbai and Visakhapatnam and one Naval Ship Repair Yard (NSRY) each at Kochi, Port Blair and Karwar. The repair and refit requirements of IN ships and submarines are collectively met by the above mentioned repair agencies. NDs have the capacity and capability to handle Major Refits (MR). The Operational-cum-Refit cycle of each ship / class of ship is promulgated by IHQ MoD (N) from time to time.

    April 2011

    Managing Supersession in the Armed Forces: An HRM Approach

    Supersession is too important an aspect of organizational existence to be dismissed lightly. It is a situation to be managed jointly by the organization and affected individual with the clear understanding that organizational interests are overriding. The Human Resources Management (HRM) approach aims to ensure that staffing manning of an organization effectively meets the quantitative and qualitative aspects at all times to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. An important element of HRM is Human Resource Planning (HRP).

    October 2010

    Probity in the Armed Forces

    People in India have traditionally looked up to the Armed Forces. Corruption in the Armed Forces therefore militates against the spirit of service to the nation. It has to be cleansed wholesale, with effective mechanisms for protecting whistleblowers and taking swift action against the guilty put in place. Caesar’s wife must be beyond reproach.

    November 01, 2010

    India’s Future Aircraft Carrier Force and the Need for Strategic Flexibility

    India has long striven for a three carrier fleet comprised of one carrier battle group stationed on each seaboard, and a third carrier held in reserve.

    June 01, 2010

    Changing Roles of Navies in the Contemporary World Order with Specific Reference to the Indian Navy

    As a mature and responsible maritime power, India has a clear self-interest in what happens in her geo-strategic maritime areas of interest. Consequently, the maritime security of India and its environs are central to the functioning of the Indian Navy.

    April 2009

    Aircraft Carriers and India’s Naval Doctrine

    Epic sea battles between aircraft carriers have not recurred after World War II; in the post-war period, most carriers began to retire without even having participated in a battle. Many countries that possessed carriers or were aspiring to get them thus began to re-assess the military-strategic utility of such platforms in the radically altered global geo-strategic environment.

    Summer 2008