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An Officer and a Gentleman

An Officer and a Gentleman

Recent cases of mutinous behaviour by troops, including increasing incidences of assault on their own officers, have caused much comment in the media and within the circle of observers of military affairs. Much has been written about the possible causes. Growing chasm between officers and troops, caused by a shortage of officers, has been pegged as a major reason. The growing aspirations of the Jawans in the changed socio-economic environment is another. While all that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogitorial, Military, Shortage of officers, Traditions, Values

Sadda Haq Aithe Rakh

Sadda Haq Aithe Rakh

My understanding of the way performance and rewards work is as follows. Performance deserves reward, commensurate to achievement and based on established norms. The organisation  enables performance through provision of resources and infrastructure, while the performer provides sweat and talent – knowledge & skills – towards attaining success. Having attained success, the performer justly expects reward. Apropos Subedar Vijay Kumar, so far so good. But what if the performer, even without waiting for the reward … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogitorial, Politics

Mediocrity Rules

Mediocrity Rules

Now we Indians have yet another dubious distinction. We can boast of the largest ever power blackout in human history. Ironically, this took place at the time when one of the greatest festivals of human endeavour, the Olympics are on in another part of the world. In the games we, a nation of 1.2 billion have managed only a fraction of the medals won by even a tiny country like South Korea. Whether it is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogitorial, Common man, Military, National Issues, Ponderings, Values