M. Doraibabu

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  • M. Doraibabu is a serving Captain in the Indian Navy and posted at the Maritime Warfare Centre, Mumbai. The views presented in the review are his own and do not reflect the views of the Indian Navy.

    Operational Aspects of the 1971 War in the Maritime Domain

    The 1971 Indo-Pak War can be described as the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) finest hour. Until then, save for limited action in Liberation of Goa in 1961 and defensive operations in the 1965 Indo-Pak War, the IN had not been called ‘into harm’s way’ or for offensive action in a major manner. Consequently, the spectacular show in 1971 may have surprised or even stunned many observers or analysts in the military/maritime realm.

    October–December 2021

    The Costliest Pearl: China’s Struggle for India’s Ocean by Bertil Lintner

    The ‘string of pearls’ is a western narrative about China’s economic and/or military engagements with countries in the Indian Ocean littorals with a strategic outlook of encircling the Indian peninsula. Most of these engagements are established in locations overlooking the important trade Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOC) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The ‘string of pearls’ theory, enunciating an expansionist view of China in the Indian Ocean, is what makes Bertil Lintner’s book a knowledgeable read for Indo-Pacific watchers.

    October-December 2020

    India and China at Sea: Competition for Naval Dominance in the Indian Ocean, edited by David Brewster

    A multitude of reasons, like world geopolitics, rapid double-digit economic growth, military development, trade, presence in multinational organisations and global initiatives such as Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Maritime Silk Route (MSR), keeps China at the forefront in global news. Any discussion of world order or superpowers is incomplete without the mention of China, and more so because of its contentious maritime issues.

    April-June 2019