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March 2017

Case Study Of West Asian Nations

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Author: Anu Sharma


Many policymakers around the world are arguing that women are muchneeded in the Armed Forces due to their creativity, insight and empathy, qualities that are often lacking in the male-dominated combat or military units.

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The Metamorphosis From ‘Chhori’ to ‘Sir’

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Author: Lt Gen Dr Vijay Kumar Saxena PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)

The debates on gender parity or lack of it, should soon become history in the Services in the times to come.ns.

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How To Reduce It: Some Thoughts

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Author: Anuradha Ravi

Once women are employed, mentorship programmes should be put in place to help them get the right exposure, experience and opportunities that will help them build their career. Strong HRD and proactivemWomen’s Cells can chart out the relevant plans.

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Major Hub For Aircraft Supplies

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Author: Air Marshal Anil Chopra PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM (Retd)

Since the launch of the ambitious 'Make in India' initiative, nearly three dozen licences have been issued in the defence sector to produce items including light armoured vehicles, artillery weapon systems, the UAVs and underwater systems.

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Making of A Female Combatant: A Three Stage Model

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Author: Dheeraj PC

Combatants are trained to fight and kill, and if taken prisoner by enemy forces any unimaginable and unpalatable scenarios could develop. Psychological appreciation of this factor is necessary for the institution to avoid uselessly investing in raising female combatants and then employing them in administrative roles.

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More Reach The Top Of Their Jobs

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Author: Manisha Chaurasiya

The literature on the role of women as key players with active role in warfare is scarce. The dominant literature has often awarded secondary roles to women in war. These roles havebeen lesser than active combat. In the contemporary times, there has been a major noticeable change where women in defence forces have come up and excelled in various roles.

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Short Service, Permanent Commission Conundrum

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Author: Commodore Anil Jai Singh IN (Retd)


Contrary to the popular narrative, the Indian Armed Forces have been very progressive in their approach towards encouraging and achieving gender equality. The medical branches of all the three Services have had women officers from much before many liberal western democracies.

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Feedback On Women In The Army: Asset Or Liability?

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

Only the non-playing entities (politicians, activists and the media) keep claiming that women are equal to men to demand more positions for women in the Services. However, it is the top brass of the Services that is to be blamed for the present mess as it lacks spine to resist pressures.

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Bastion Breached In The IAF

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Author: Air Marshal BK Pandey PVSM, AVSM, VM (Retd)

In the final analysis, it is really not a contest of skills between male and female fighter pilots. The three young ladies commissioned recently as fighter pilots have been reported to have performed as well and even better than their male colleagues.

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Women’s Participation In Indian Defence Forces

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Author: Vijay Khare

As per the data, it is revealed that hardly any participation from women is taken into account while theorising civil military relation in the context of women’s participation in the Indian Armed Forces. Political ideology is very important to develop cohesiveness among society through the constitutional spirit.

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Storming The Male Bastion

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

We must address with sincerity, all peculiar problems, which lady officers may have to face in this traditional male bastion, namely, the Armed Forces so that their services contribute to organisational effectiveness and they are not considered a liability. Let us never forget that combat readiness cannot be sacrificed at the altar of symbolism.

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Gender Disparity in Military Achievements

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Author: Ashok Sajjanhar 

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar raised the issue of ‘demoralisation’ of the troops if a woman comrade was to get captured by the enemy! It needs to be recognised that none of these arguments and explanations are peculiar to the Indian military establishment.

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