Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd)
In flag rank he commanded the Eastern Fleet, the National Defence Academy, the Andaman & Nicobar Joint Command and the Western Naval Command. On staff, he served as the head of the Aviation and Personnel Branches of the navy and as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff. During his tenure at the helm, the navy saw many initiatives being launched in the fields of doctrine, strategy, transformation and foreign maritime cooperation.
He is a graduate of the IAF Test Pilots School, Defence Services Staff College and the US Naval War College. During the 1971 War, he was awarded the Vir Chakra while flying with an IAF fighter squadron in the Punjab.
Post-retirement, he served two terms as a member of the National Security Advisory Board and was Chairman of the National Maritime Foundation. He served on the 1999 Arun Singh Task force as well as the Naresh Chandra Committee on national security reforms. He lives in Goa, and writes and speaks on strategic and security related topics.
India's national interests must not be subsumed by politically-motivated, competitive machismo masquerading as patriotismDate: March 04, 2019Read more
East meets eastDate: October 27, 2018
India-Japan ties are warming up but expectations from Modi-Abe discussions must remain anchored in realityRead more
Who defends the defenders?Date: August 22, 2018
Serving soldiers have approached SC over AFSPA. They must not be made to pay for governments’ failures.Read more
Reappraising India-USDate: April 14, 2018
Defence cooperation remains high on rhetoric, short on delivery. Both South Block and Capitol Hill need to do more to revitalise …Read more
Denouement at Doklam: India must take long-term measuresDate: August 30, 2017
By Admiral Arun Prakash ( Retd) , Distinguished Fellow, DPG Accustomed as we are to shrill hyperbole in India's public …Read more
Look before you escalateDate: September 26, 2016
"Cry havoc! And let slip the dogs of war!" exclaims Mark Antony at the funeral of Julius Caesar in an attempt to rouse …Read more