Vivek Chadha

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  • Col Vivek Chadha (Retd) is a Research Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile

    Tour of Duty: Explosive Idea or Dud Grenade?

    May 18, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col. Vivek Chadha’s article on the Tour of Duty (ToD) proposal of the Indian Army, titled ‘Tour of Duty: Explosive Idea or Dud Grenade?’ has been published by News18 on May 18, 2020.

    The article offers several suggestions for the proposal to succeed and serve the purpose it is intended to achieve.

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    Reimagining Think Tanks in Times of Pandemic

    It is time that the constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic are converted into an opportunity to upgrade and evolve the present method of human interaction prevalent in think tanks across the world.

    May 04, 2020

    COVID-19 and Social Unrest: Meeting the Challenges

    The large scale social and economic disruption caused by COVID-19 has brought to our attention the socio-economic plight of urban migrant workers and the need for a more effective information dissemination.

    April 13, 2020

    Is Lowering Colour Service a Suitable Option?

    The adverse impact of lowering of colour service of soldiers below pensionable service will not only be felt at the structural and functional level but also the psychological level.

    February 14, 2020

    The McMahon Line: A Century of Discord, by J.J. Singh

    The Sino-Indian boundary dispute remains the most enduring and challenging problem that bedevils relations between India and China. With a history of well over a century of differences on the border alignment, and a war that represented its lowest point in their relations, the two countries remain suspicious of each other’s motives, actions and statements emanating from them and their possible implications.

    October-December 2019

    Land Warfare in the Indian Context: Time for a Transformative Shift?

    The Indian Army is in the process of a transformative effort, envisaging changes not only at the apex level, within the Army Headquarters, but also in the field, with the concept of Integrated Battle Groups likely to be implemented soon. The past record of major changes within the army suggests an incremental approach, and also disconnect between doctrinal thought and restructuring. The only exception were the changes post the 1975 military reforms.

    July-September 2019

    KARGIL: Past Perfect, Future Uncertain?

    • Publisher: KW Publishers
    The Kargil conflict was fought 20 years ago. However, it continues to remain relevant for strategic analysts, military historians, academics, armed forces personnel and diplomats. This book, delves into the structures, planning processes and procedures adopted while pursuing diplomacy, higher direction of war and strategic communications, on both sides of the Line of Control during the Kargil conflict. In doing so, existing arguments are challenged and alternative conclusions drawn. This includes the debate around the decision not to cross the LoC during operations, the decision making process involved with the employment of air power and limitations of existing strategic communication structures of the armed forces, as observed during the conflict.

    The second part of the book employs Kargil and the succeeding 20 years, as the basis for analysing the changing character of war. This includes a study of its implications on the notion of victory and shifts needed while pursuing diplomacy, higher direction of war and strategic communications. It also introduces the concept of finite and infinite game theory to conflicts in the sub-continental context, in an attempt to contextualise it through a fresh perspective.

    • ISBN: 978-93-89137-13-2,
    • Price: ₹.880/-
    • E-copy available

    Pulwama Attack: Time to Get the Messaging Right

    Pakistan’s hybrid war is a reality. India’s efforts need to be oriented towards countering such a war.

    February 20, 2019

    Restructure of Indian Army must address defence challenges faced by country, not just its budgetary concerns

    September 20, 2018

    Research Fellow, IDSA, Col Vivek Chadha’s article on restructuring of the Indian Army, titled ‘Restructure of Indian Army must address defence challenges faced by country, not just its budgetary concerns’ was published in ‘Firstpost’ on September 20, 2018.

    Nexus of Global Jihad

    The emergence of Al Qaeda on the global stage marked a shift, in more ways than one. Amongst these, it was perhaps the ability to run a corporatised terrorist organisation, with global affiliates who owed allegiance to the mother ship, that set new standards for terrorism. This interlinked global footprint, of not necessarily like-minded organisations, presented a challenge to states, which were neither as quick to adapt, nor as willing to cooperate.

    July 2018