Aug-Sep 2015

  • HOW INDIA RETALIATED
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2015

    All through the month of September, India’s military establishment celebrated as the 50th year of—what is now being proclaimed—India’s victory in the 1965 war. The reality is that the 1965 war was a stalemate, a draw. The report card based on neutral claims, when ceasefire was finally agreed upon, read as follows: India lost 540 […]

  • DEATH ON INDIAN ROADS
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2015

    In July, 2014, when Malaysian airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine killing all 297 people on board, the world was rightly shocked. Now imagine, if two such jets were to crash in India every day! Obviously, the government would be jerked into taking drastic remedial action. That is the amount of deaths that […]

  • PESTO PASTA
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2015

    Pesto is a sauce originating in Genoa in the Liguria region of northern Italy (pesto alla genovese), and traditionally consists of crushed garlic, basil, and European pine nuts blended with olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan cheese), and Fiore Sardo (cheese made from sheep’s milk). The dish below is an all time favourite of mine. With bursts […]

  • A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2015

    Soldiers for the most part have a penchant to write about the wars and conflicts they fought and to the events that they were witness to. Books in this genre, such as William Slim’s ‘Defeat into Victory’ or Brig. Dalvi’s ‘Himalayan Blunder’ give great insight into what happened at that time and indeed have a […]

  • Payment on basis of PPOs issued under Project Sangam revision pension of Pre-06 pensioner: Clarification thereof
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2015

    Consequent upon issuance of Corrigendum PPO revising pension of Pre-2006 defence pensioners under Project “Sangam”, representations fromthe pensioners received and seeking some clarification or bringing out some inconsistencies. Sangam Project PPOs were issued with the prefix S/CORR/6th CPC/ for JCOs/OR, M/CORR/6th CPC/ for Indian Commissioned Officers and C/CORR/6th CPC/ for Defence Civilians. Various points/issues raised […]

  • NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2015

    PAKISTAN Militants, reportedly belonging to a splinter group of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), stormed the Pakistan Air Force Camp in Badaber on 18 September 2015, killing twenty-nine persons. The camp, used for accommodation of PAF officers and other ranks, is located on the Inqilab road, near the Surizai village in the limits of the Badaber […]

  • NCC GIRLS PRE-EVEREST EXPEDITION TO MT TRISHUL
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2015

    The NCC Girls Expedition toTrishul 1 was flagged-off by Lt Gen A Chakravarty, VSM, Director General National Cadets Corps from New Delhi. The team led by Col Gaurav Karki, comprises of 15 NCC Girl Cadets and three officers. It willattempt to scale the Peak from 17 Sep to 22 Sep 2015. These 15 girls were […]

  • SOLDIER OF FORTUNE (THE UNTOLD SPECIAL FORCES STORY)
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2015

    There is inevitably a strange, almost laboured disconnect between the urgent, distinctive ‘pop’ of the speeding bullet as it whizzes past you and the apparently languid, disarmingly slow movement of those around you. A sardonic, yet glowing affirmation of Einstein’s theory of relativity, if you will. Those who have been in active combat and had […]

  • LESSONS FROM THE 1965 WAR
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2015

    No war takes place in a vacuum. There are indicators strewn all over, but the rhetoric of peace sometimes blinds decision makers to the possibility of conflict. Such indeed was the case in 1965. The hyperbole that emanated from Pakistan in the early sixties was of such decibels that it should have set the alarm […]