Prakash Gopal is a PhD candidate at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, Australia. A former Indian naval officer and researcher at the National Maritime Foundation, India, he has written on India’s maritime security imperatives, international maritime cooperation and on legal issues impacting maritime security.
The inclusion of Australia in the 2020 Exercise Malabar signals India’s resolve to defend its interests in the region.
The Indian Navy’s ambition to be a “net security provider” is going nowhere as long as it lacks the proper resources.
The blue water ambition of India’s navy runs the risk of being diluted by constabulary duties closer to home.