Combating Piracy in the Indian Ocean.
Cdr Shishir Upadhyaya
Piracy in the Indian Ocean has re-emerged after a period lasting over a century. The 21st century pirates armed with modern weapons and GPS sets, operating from regular sea going vessels have demonstrated their ability to attack ships with impunity in the high seas. This poses a serious challenge for India since 90% of Indian’s trade is carried by sea and almost one lakh Indian seaman work onboard various merchant ships.
This book by seasoned naval offices discusses the resurgence of piracy in the 21st century in the Strait of Malacca and the Gulf of Aden regions of the Indian Ocean. It highlights the emerging trends in piracy and the resultant challenges before the security agencies and the international shipping industry to bring out specific policy options for India to combat piracy in the Indian Ocean.