Image Credits- PRO Defence Gujarat Twitter handle- The Indian Coast Guard and Gujarat Anti Terrorism Squad apprehended a Pakistani boat with 77 kg of heroine worth 400 crores, on 20 December 2021.
Author: Introduction Earlier this month, on 04 December 2021, at an event to commemorate the 64th foundation day of the Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), the Honourable Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shrimati Nirmala Seetharaman, released the Smuggling in India Report 2020-21. The report bring out brings out that with a long coastline and numerous […]
Author: Introduction While navies and coast guards dominate the discourse on maritime security, marine units […]
Author: Introduction India has close to 2,60,000 registered fishing vessels. These include deep-sea fishing vessels (61), motorised mechanical vessels (62,130), motorised non-mechanical vessels (1,40,272) and non-motorised/traditional boats (55,748). These boats operate from 1,265 marine fish landing centres along the 7,516.6 kilometre (km) Indian coastline. Overall, it is estimated that around 54,00,000 fishers are employed full time […]
Author: Introduction On 02 March 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while inaugurating the Maritime India Summit 2021, highlighted the government’s plan to develop tourism around lighthouses. Later that month, during his monthly interaction with the nation – “Mann ki Baat” – he spoke about lighthouses and highlighted the government’s plan. On 09 April 2021, the Directorate […]
Author: Introduction Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) has been defined by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as “the effective understanding of any activity associated with the maritime environment that could impact upon the security, safety, economy or environment.” The Indian Navy has described MDA as “an all-encompassing term that involves being cognisant of the position and intentions […]
Author: Introduction The second edition of Exercise SEA VIGIL, a two day pan-India biennial coastal defence exercise, was conducted on 12 and 13 January 2021. The exercise, which is India’s largest such exercise, was facilitated by central ministries and state governments, and is conducted in the build-up to the Indian Navy’s theatre-level war-fighting exercise TROPEX [Theatre-level […]
Author: Introduction ‘Armed robbery against ships’ [hereinafter referred to as ‘armed robbery’] has been defined by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as “any illegal act of violence or detention, or any act of depredation, or threat thereof, other than an act of “piracy”, committed for private ends and directed against a ship, or against persons or […]
Author: Introduction On 26 November 2020, seven fishermen on board a sinking boat were rescued off the Maharashtra coast after fishermen from a nearby boat alerted the owner as well as the […]
Author: INTRODUCTION It has been twelve years since the heinous attack on Mumbai on 26 November 2008. While ‘coastal border management’ was institutionalised in 2004 with the establishment of the Department of Border Management (DoBM) in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the management of coastal (and maritime) security in India underwent a paradigm shift after […]
Author: Introduction The genesis of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) is intricately linked to the India-Pakistan War of 1947-48. The war highlighted the need for sufficient strength of reserves who could take up arms when required. This found expression in the legislature (Constituent Assembly) through a demand for military training of the youth of the country. […]
Author: On 26 November 2008 (‘26/11’), a group of terrorists from Pakistan undertook attacks at several locations in Mumbai. The siege ended three days later. By then, the terrorists had killed or injured more than 400 people. The terrorists had sailed from Pakistan and landed at Mumbai using the sea route. En route they had also […]
Author: In March 2018, as per media reports, Neil Basu, the Scotland Yard’s newly appointed Indian-origin Assistant Commissioner of Police responsible for counter-terrorism, launched a new campaign to urge the public to fight terrorism. According the report, of the nearly 31,000 reports made by the public in 2017, more than 6,600 (21.3 percent) resulted in ‘useful’ […]
Author: Tomorrow, 26 November 2016, the nation will observe the eight anniversary of the ‘26/11’ Mumbai terrorist attacks. Precisely two months back on 26 September 2016, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) tabled its 2015 report on the General and Social Sector (Government of Odisha) in the State Assembly. The report highlighted that the […]
Author: On 09 November 2016, the United Nations (UN) Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2316 (2016), renewing authorisation for international naval forces to combat piracy off the Somali coast. The United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) comes days after the announcement by the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR), on 04 November 2016, of a confirmed attack […]
- Himadri Das, “Strengthening Maritime and Coastal Security in India: The Role of States and Union Territories“, Indian Naval Despatch 1, No 1 (Winter 2020).
Indian Navy Doctrinal Publications
- Strategic-level Doctrine: Core Team Ensuring Secure Seas: Indian Maritime Security Strategy
- Operational-level Doctrine: Lead Author/ Doctrinal Development Officer for seven doctrines on diverse topics
- Tactical-level Doctrine/ Publication: Lead Author/ Editor/ Contributor for six doctrines with a focus on Navigation and Direction
Indian Navy Publications
- Eight articles in in-house journals/ publications of the Centre for Leadership and Behavioural Studies, Kochi; Navigation & Direction School, Kochi; and Signal School, Kochi.
- Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Essay Competition (2013)2nd Prize: ‘Conventional Vs. Constabulary Roles: Where should the focus be for navies’