V. Mahalingam

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  • Brig. (Retd.) V. Mahalingam is a security affairs analyst.

    US-Taliban Peace Talks and the Disquiet

    Trump seems to have reconciled himself to the fact that Afghanistan may become an ‘Islamic Emirate of Taliban’ with Sharia Law being imposed with or without the consent of the people.

    January 01, 2019

    The Centre of Gravity of militancy shifts to Afghanistan

    The Centre of Gravity of militancy shifts to Afghanistan

    Stakeholder regional countries threatened by Islamic militancy need to get together under the umbrella of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and fight a joint war to end the menace.

    May 27, 2015

    Implications of the Taliban’s 2015 Spring Offensive

    Implications of the Taliban’s 2015 Spring Offensive

    Shifting the centre of gravity of fighting from their traditional strongholds in the South to the northern parts of Afghanistan in this operation is indicative of the Taliban’s shift in focus to other regions that are also in the al Qaeda’s radar.

    May 06, 2015

    Daulat Beg Oldie Standoff: An Assessment

    The culmination of the unprovoked Chinese intrusion in the Depsang Sector of Ladakh is a breather and a warning to India. It is a breather because it saves the country the embarrassment of justifying its inaction in dealing with the intrusion. Warning because, it gives yet another chance to set right the existing short comings in border management and deficiencies in the defence operational capabilities.

    May 22, 2013

    Role of Military Culture and Traditions in Building Ethics, Morals and Combat Effectiveness in Fighting Units

    Developing culture and traditions is one of the pragmatic ways of breeding ethics and moral standards in the military. These moral issues are profoundly linked to the military’s way of life and ethos, which includes discipline and esprit de corps. Although issues like developing a sense of belonging may be the theme while creating cultures, the ultimate aim is to influence a soldier into becoming an ethical team player as an instrument for winning wars. The creation and pursuit of culture establishes common values and a sense of ownership amongst the troops.

    April 2013

    Countering Terrorism: The Way Forward

    A National Counter Terrorism Head needs to be established with the single point authority for all CT activity and with authorization to muster all resources within the country. The authority vested in him will be matched by his accountability to every terrorist strike.

    March 03, 2013

    Creating a Diplomatic Security Force: The need to go beyond cosmetic exercises

    The government should instead aim to create a single Security Group consisting of a training establishment specializing in security issues and a number of units to meet different areas of security as per the requirement.

    February 18, 2013