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‘India needs to evolve grand global strategy'

SECURITY ISSUES: Rear Admiral V.S. Batra, Commandant CDM, welcoming Gen. (Retd.) K. V. Krishna Rao, and former Chief of Naval Staff Admiral (Retd.) Arun Prakash, at the College of Defence Management, in Hyderabad on Wednesday. — PHOTO: SURYA SRIDHAR

SECURITY ISSUES: Rear Admiral V.S. Batra, Commandant CDM, welcoming Gen. (Retd.) K. V. Krishna Rao, and former Chief of Naval Staff Admiral (Retd.) Arun Prakash, at the College of Defence Management, in Hyderabad on Wednesday. — PHOTO: SURYA SRIDHAR  

Paradigm shift required in its strategic orientation, says former Chief of Naval Staff Arun Prakash

Former Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Arun Prakash on Wednesday said that India needed to evolve a grand global strategy, guided by a long term vision of its status in the comity of nations

In his inaugural address at a seminar on ‘India's strategic perspectives in dynamic global environment' held at the College of Defence Management here, the Chairman of the National Maritime Foundation said that with the country moving fast from being grouped as a developed countries, a paradigm shift was required in its strategic orientation.

Responsibility

From merely accepting accolades as an emerging leader growing into a regional power, India would have to accept growing responsibility towards the global commons.

Implications

Admiral Prakash said the implications for India's security, given China's challenge to the pre-eminence of United States of America and India's role in the strategic architecture of West and South East Asia had to be analysed carefully and decisions taken accordingly.

Af-Pak

Also the strategy of USA as regards Afghanistan and Pakistan and the implications and options available for India needed to be considered.

It was time to take stock and introspect strategic challenges faced by India in the region, he added.

Three sessions

The day-long seminar had three sessions – ‘China's challenge to US pre-eminence: Implications for India's security', ‘India's role in the strategic architecture of West and South East Asia' and ‘US Af-Pak strategy: Implications and options for India'.

In his welcome address earlier, College of Defence Management Commandant Rear Admiral V.S. Batra said strategy and diplomacy in international relations, was based on the art of the ‘possible' and the advancement of national interests.

Tool for students

The seminar would be an enabling tool for students of strategic management to leverage the knowledge and experience of domain specialists, the CDM Commandant added.

An array of experts, including senior officers, who had served the Armed Forces, defence analysts and eminent media persons attended the sessions.



  • ‘Time to take stock and introspect strategic challenges faced by India in the region'
  • Experts, including former Armed Forces officers, defence analysts and top media persons attend

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