Sep-Oct 2016

  • NOT QUITE KOSHER
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2016

    After the euphoria of the successful surgical strikes of 29 September, a rather sour note crept in the country’s political discourse, driven by fears within the opposition parties that the ruling dispensation would reap political dividends from the huge public support that the firm response elicited. In a tragicomic farce, some leading lights in the […]

  • LOC – MEMORIES
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2016

    A year after Staff College at Camberley (UK), I got the highly coveted field posting as Brigade Major (BM) of Poonch Brigade. It was even then considered a difficult yet prized initiation to soldiering ; A baptism by fire! Those were the days when the BM was the prima donna of a field formation, lording […]

  • THE CAMEL AND THE TENT
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2016

    A recent article in The Economic Times stated “Air Force RFI surprises everyone” and went on to postulate that a RFI issued by the Indian Air Force projects the requirement for a single-engine light to medium multi-role fighter. As a consequence of this RFI, a rather grim conclusion stares one in the face – “Does […]

  • WAR WIDOWS NEED HELP – BUT WITH DIGNITY
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2016

    The controversy over Pakistani actors being cast in an Indian film as related to Karan Johar’s pre- Diwali production “Ai Dil Hai Mushkil’ (ADHM) had many familiar elements that reflect the uglier face of Indian politics and the manner in which sanctity for the law of the land is placed on the back-burner for short-term […]

  • LEVERAGING SPACE FOR STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL USE IN THE INDIAN CONTEXT
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2016

    Background Military force projection is deeply interlinked to strategy and tactics. It applies to both since the precise distinction between strategy and tactics is getting increasingly blurred. A strategic mission can yield tactical effects, strategic manoeuvres may enable fulfilment of tactical objectives also and vice versa, strategic forces also enable tactical gains, and so on […]

  • INDIAN AIR POWER ASSETS FOR COVERT OPERATIONS
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2016

    The ‘surgical’ strikes by the Indian Army after the Uri terror episode generated, literally overnight, a multitude of literature and spawned a large number of ‘analysts,’ each giving his or her theories on what the Indian Army did across the Line of Control (LoC) on the night of 28/29 September. In some initial reports from […]

  • STATE OF HELICOPTERS IN INDIAN DEFENCE FORCES
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2016

    The operational diversities of the Indian Armed Forces coupled with extremity and variety of terrain (from sea level to high altitude) underline the need for state of art, modern technology helicopters capable of operating both by day and night in a complex battlefield environment of future. As per reports the armed forces are looking to […]

  • ROOKIE PILOT
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2016

    With the onset of the 1965 war, and not having finished my Fully Operational Syllabus, I was therefore only qualified to do air defence missions. Due to severe lack of experience, my Flt Commander did not detail me for any live missions against the enemy. I was disappointed and eager to actively participate in the […]

  • THE TABLE FOR ONE
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2016

    Eternal Wait for the Soldiers Who Never Returned This story is not about a person or an event. The story is about a solitary dining place at the Cadets Mess at the National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadakvasla. Set up in December 1954, NDA is the first tri-services academy in the world. It trains cadets […]

  • MAA KE HAATH KI DIWALI
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2016

    It’s that time of the year when myriad beautiful memories of Diwali from my childhood come surging to me and leave me misty eyed. I can still see it all, as if I am right there; my little siblings and I running around the house calling out to our mother… The day would start by […]