July-August 2017

  • PROTECTING THE FLAG
    Posted in: July-August 2017

    In August, bail granted to Lt Col P. S. Purohit, an Intelligence Corps officer, accused of complicity in the bomb blasts that took place in Malegaon, Maharashtra on 8 September 2006 was widely covered in the media. So also were the riots that erupted in Panchkula, after a self styled godman, Gurmeet Singh aka Ram […]

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    Posted in: July-August 2017

    Sir, The article on China’s Three Warfares Strategy appears a one sided narration. All that is enunciated about China’s capabilities and war fighting methodology is true but I don’t see such a scenario of one sided superiority ever fructifying. Besides India, China has too many and capable hostile nations in the neighborhood as also at […]

  • A LOOK SOUTH POLICY?
    Posted in: July-August 2017

    In this era of intelligence gathering and inputs, deep analyses and appreciations, political one-upmanship and diplomatic intrigue, one wonders if the Doklam incident (if it can be termed so, in retrospect) really came as a surprise to the government of India as well as to the military? If it did, one would put it as […]

  • INSIGHT TO THE DOKLAM STAND OFF
    Posted in: July-August 2017

    At the end, much maturity has prevailed in the Chinese Foreign Office and the PLA, who ultimately understood the principled Indian stand in Doklam. By now Doklam is a household word in the country. Rightly, both the armies have pulled back to status quo which prevailed before the confrontation began. Let us take an insight. […]

  • INDIA’S FIRST FLAG HOISTING CEREMONY
    Posted in: July-August 2017

    When India became independent, the National Flag was hoisted for the first time at 6 p.m. on 15 August 1947, in the open lawns of Princes Park near India Gate. The ceremony was organised under the aegis of Headquarter Delhi Area, commanded by Major General Maharaj Shri Rajindra Sinhji, DSO, who also commanded the parade […]

  • A SLICE OF HISTORY: CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE AT RAZMAK, PAKISTAN
    Posted in: July-August 2017

    On 15 September 1998, at the Convocation Hall of the Roorkee University, a frail old man was helped on to the stage to deliver a talk to the serving soldiers and veterans of the 4th Battalion of the Brigade of Guards (1Rajput) who had assembled to commemorate the bicentenary of the battalion’s raising on 15 […]

  • THE TRICOLOUR OVER HAJIPIR
    Posted in: July-August 2017

    The infiltration of Pakistani regular soldiers into India as part of Operation Gibraltar started on 1 August 1965. The forces tasked to operate in the Kashmir Valley were designated as 1 Sector and those tasked to operate in the Jammu region as No 3 Sector. The former was placed under the command of Brigadier Fazle […]

  • THE FLAG OVER CHORBATLA
    Posted in: July-August 2017

    Richard Engel said, “Everyone knows what can happen to soldiers who are in front line units.” On 26 May 1999, Major Sonam Wangchuk, was ordered to move along with an adhoc company of Ladakh Scouts to Handen Brok, a remote post in Batalik Sector. He was asked to reinforce the post and be prepared to […]

  • A TOUCH OF GREATNESS
    Posted in: July-August 2017

    Sometimes I feel that I am a really lucky fellow. One is then reminded of that old song, “Some years are good, some are bad…” Well 1971 was such a good year for me. June saw me passing out from the IMA, barely managing to do so after I was put up for relegation for […]

  • 70 YEARS AFTER INDEPENDENCE: CAN INDIA AND PAKISTAN LIVE IN PEACE
    Posted in: July-August 2017

    India and Pakistan just celebrated their seventy years of independence; during the occasion, there was an individual introspection of the last seven decades in both the countries. One wishes, that there is an introspection jointly of the last seventy years of our bilateral relations — what we have achieved, and where we have failed. The […]