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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Civil Military Relations

Is the Indian Army in Danger of Being Politicised?


The following article appeared in The Quint. Original can be accessed here. Gen Dalbir Suhag, the present army chief is due to retire at the end of this month. However, in a surprising break from past practice, the name of his replacement has not yet been announced. As things stand, Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, the

Flawed DNA?


Delays in defence procurements and the resultant lack of preparedness have received much attention ever since the Army Chief’s secret letter to the Prime Minister was leaked to the media recently. The alarming status of induction of desperately required weapons and equipment have been topics of discussion in print and electronic media, Internet forums, and

Sab theek hai sahib


The Indian soldier, or Jawan as he is affectionately called, is known for not cribbing under the most adverse circumstances. If you ask your driver who has been waiting well past his lunch time for you to emerge from a long conference in the formation headquarters, “Khana Khaya?”, he is sure to say “Haan Sahib”.

Casus Belli Aching


The Army Chief Gen VK Singh has sprung yet another surprise on the country. What is his game plan?

Another Open Letter to COAS


Dear General, A lot of ink has flown since my last open letter to you of 1st July 2011. Some of it on papers passing through desks of MoD, some on the Public Interest Litigation submitted to Supreme Court, and a lot of it on national dailies and tabloids. The air waves are also agog

The Canteen Brouhaha


The Comptroller and Auditor General recently carried out the ‘Performance Audits’ of Canteen Stores Department and of the Supply Chain Management of Ration Supplies in the Army. Incidentally, these are two separate audits, and DO NOT relate to “Irregularity in Supply of rations through CSD” as most of the newspapers are erroneously reporting. The audit

Mahabharat over Arjun


Image via Wikipedia A lot has been written on the whipping given by our very own home-grown battle tank Arjun to that upstart of a Russian import T 90, in recently concluded comparative trials between the two. More muted are the voices about the Army’s dissatisfaction with Arjun. Passions often run high between the unfortunate

Internal Deficiencies?


An Assistant Commandant of the CRPF has felt annoyed at the remarks made by the Army Chief on ‘internal deficiencies’ of the force. Should such deficiencies be brushed aside?

Send in the Cavalry


The Army has been requested to pitch in for the Commonwealth games. Some deeper issues.

Brig Harwant Singh’s Thoughts on Shortage of Officers


Image via Wikipedia Some thoughts by Brig Harwant Singh on Shortage of Officers : a Simple Solution posted here with his kind consent. Dear Friends , 1. Please refer to mail below by”Swordarm’. 2. An other suggestion is to make career in the Services an ‘Open Ended’ one as given below . This article was