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Indian Army - Sentinels of National Sovereignty

Army’s Role In Nation Building

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Author: Lt Gen Ghanshyam Singh Katoch AVSM, VSM

The Indian Army represents a model for national development due to its high sense of purpose and secular outlook. Its contribution to nation building is inherent in the fulfilment of its primary function – ensuring the security of India.

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Manning The Borders

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Author: Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia PVSM, AVSM, SM (Retd)

The LoC and AGPL are manned by the Army and the few BSF battalions deployed on the LoC are under command and operational control of the Army. As the Indo-Tibetan Border Police on the LAC is not under the operational control of the Army there is a lack of coordination and accountability, defeating the very concept of the one force one border as enunciated by the GoM.

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Sentinels of the Northeast

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Interview With DG Assam Rifles

Lieutenant General Harminderjit Singh Sachdev is an alumnus of Rashtriya Military School, Ajmer, the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla and the Indian Military Academy Dehradun from where he was commissioned in December 1976 in the First Gorkha Rifles. In an illustrious career spanning 39 years, he has had an exemplary profile. His early service saw him participating in Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka and Operation Rakshak in Punjab. He also commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Sector in Counter Insurgency environment in J&K and a RAPID Division in the Desert Sector. He assumed the appointment of Director General of Assam Rifles on September 21, 2015.

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Nation Building With Excellence In Discipline

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Author: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch PVSM, UYS M, AVSM, SC (Retd)

The sterling job that the Army is doing as part of ‘Op Sadbhavna’ has to be seen to be believed. The Indian Army has been engaged in nation-building through all the decades since Independence. That is the reason it is called the last bastion on which the country can fall upon. Can the Army contribute more to nation-building? It sure can, especially since it is steeped in discipline.

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Challenges For Modernisation

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Author: Lt Gen Philip Campose PVSM, AVSM, VSM** (Retd)

A new beginning has been made recently by commencing the process of raising the Army Design Bureau at Secunderabad. A lot however will depend on how the Army leadership nurtures this fledgling organisation and develops it appropriately to achieve results comparable to its naval counterpart.

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India’s Special Forces A Critical Appraisal

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Author: Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)

A nation like India, with its immense diversity is virtually a tinderbox waiting to be ignited if certain socio-economic-political imperatives are not followed or fulfilled by either the governments or society. The Idea of India and its promise must never be sacrificed at the altar of pettiness and sectarianism.

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India And The Sieges Within Addressing Internal Conflicts By Synergetic Action

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Author: Lt Gen Kamal Davar PVSM, AVSM (Retd)

A nation like India, with its immense diversity is virtually a tinderbox waiting to be ignited if certain socio-economic-political imperatives are not followed or fulfilled by either the governments or society. The Idea of India and its promise must never be sacrificed at the altar of pettiness and sectarianism.

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Indian Army Effectiveness Against Urban Terrorist Threats

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Author: Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain PVSM, UYS M, AVSM, SM, VSM & BAR (Retd)

How effective is the Indian Army in meeting counter-terrorism threats in urban environment and what is the state of coordination with State police forces?

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Quality Assurance In The Army Procurement Process

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Author: Lt Gen CA Krishnan PVSM, UYSM, AVSM (Retd)

There is a need to redefine and strengthen our QA/QC system in a manner which would, apart from fulfilling the contemporary QA/QC requirements, will also facilitate indigenous manufacture of quality military equipment.

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Indian Army And Its Role In Natural Disasters

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Author: Lt Gen BS Nagal PVSM, AVSM, SM (Retd)

Response time can be improved by better anticipation and closer coordination between local, State and Central agencies. The current organisations were designed decades ago and have failed often either to anticipate or call for assistance in time.

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United Nations Peacekeeping

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Author: Lt Gen Satish Nambiar PVSM, AVSM, VrC (Retd)

Much of our participation in United Nations peacekeeping operations is obviously linked to national security interests. In preparing ourselves for continued participation in United Nations peacekeeping operations into the 21st century, we must take into account the radical changes in the nature of the peacekeeping commitment.

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The New Soldier In The Age Of Asymmetric Conflict

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Author: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch SM, VSM (Retd)

We are still to learn the right lessons from the Mumbai attack and many other attacks inflicted upon us. Emphasis remains on increasing mass rather than velocity. Changing organisational design is hard and time consuming and usually requires dealing with difficult personality issues and internal politics within the organisation.

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Women Fighter Pilots A Slapdash Act Of Tokenism

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Author: Maj Gen Dr Mrinal Suman AVSM, VSM (Retd)

It is apparent that the government has failed to think-through the likely long-term implications of the convoluted issues involved. The sole justification for the decision (given both by the Air Force and the government) is that the said decision is a ‘progressive step’ in keeping with the aspirations of Indian women.

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Synergy With CAPFs

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Author: Lt Gen PR Kumar PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)

 

Having seen the congruence of tasks between the Indian Army and the CAPFs especially at and near the borders, the necessity of cooperation clearly emerges. A salient issue which emerges is the good synergy at the ground/tactical level.

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Concept Of Joint Operations

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Author: Lt Gen Harwant Singh PVSM, AVSM (Retd)

 

As we continue to elude the adoption of the CDS system in its full play ‘jointness’ will bypass us. In the event of a full-scale two front war, India will pay a heavy price for its failure to fully integrate her defence forces and bring, ‘unity of command’ in various theatres of operation.

 

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Need For Reorientation In Deployment

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Author: Cecil Victor

If there is a trained military dog in situ there is always a very high possibility that the troops would have received some kind of credible warning given the Remount and Veterinary Corps discovery of the high quality of sight and hearing of dogs.

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