Failed civil uprising but sparks do simmer !—part 8
Events in Pakistan after 09 May 2023 have been moving at breathless speed . A large number of Imran supporters have left him and his party Pakistan Tehreek -i -Insaaf (PTI) . Imran has been totally isolated. Many, not all, have been arrested by the authorities, estimated between 5-7000.
Book Review: Cmde. Ranjit Rai & Aritra Banerjee's Reflection on India's Naval Journey
"The Indian [email protected] Reminiscing the Voyage' is a concise yet richly detailed volume. Despite its brevity, the book captures the Indian Navy's past and present while also providing a glimpse into the future of India's security landscape."
Enid John: An Unstoppable Journey From Dreams To Reality
"Enid John, a fauji wife, a mother, a woman of multifarious talents, and an aspiring model, continues to inspire us. She stands as a living testament to the power of dreams and the magic that unfolds when we have the courage to chase them."
The US Must Take Control Of Pakistan's Nukes
India must engage with the West, especially the US and find ways of getting it to secure the nukes of Pakistan. It can’t leave 165 nukes of a completely rogue and destabilised regime unsecured. If Pakistan could build its nuke arsenal covertly, it can very well sell a limited stockpile the same way
Pakistan in Turmoil: USA Not Out of the Game—Part Five!
"India must remain vigilant. What is currently happening in Pakistan is only a trailer of the storm that is likely to hit. Simmering discontent within the army will weaken it, and harsh measures taken by Gen. Munir to curb dissatisfied individuals might backfire."
Uniformity In Dress Of Senior Officers Will Break Tradition, Pride & Elan Of Regiments
"How can so exclusive and age old tradition be changed under the guise of 'indianisation' of the Indian Army? If there is one entity in India that is more Indian and even more ‘desi’ than anything else, it is the Indian Army, along with the Navy and Air Force." - Opines Gp Capt AG Bewoor
Numerous Incidents and Accidents Reported: HAL Upgrades ALH Dhruv's Control Rods to Steel
The absence of stringent quality control measures increases the risk of component failures, thereby highlighting the need for HAL to implement robust quality assurance protocols to ensure the safety of its aircraft.
Pakistan: Is The Collapse Imminent? - Part Two
"China would stay away, if prospects of IK storming to power remain positive. However in the long run, damage done to its army, would tell upon the political health of Pakistan. If Pakistan collapses, the crown of blame would go to IK." Opines Col. Rajinder Kushwaha
IPKF Debacle And Lessons Learnt: Part 1
"By the time IPKF withdrew in 1990, we had lost 1200 officers and men. And for what? The aim, if indeed there was one, was never written or espoused by the Defence Secretary who is the single person in-charge and responsible for the defence of India" Opines Gp Capt AG Bewoor
Preventing More Tragedies: It's Time to Retire India's Accident-Prone MiG-21 Fighter Jets
"It is imperative that the Indian Air Force takes necessary measures to reduce the number of accidents and enhance the safety of its pilots and crew. Only then can India's military aviation achieve the safety standards expected of it."
Dissolving 62 Cantonment Boards: The Debate Continues
"Doing away with Cantonments is a step in the right direction" - Col RS Khandpur "There should be no laments for a legacy that's outlived its time"- Maj Gen Raj Mehta "The problem will be in carving out the military stations from the Cantonments" - Brig Pradeep Sharma
Argentina Can Consider JF-17 Over Tejas For Air Force Upgrade Due To Proven Technology And Lack Of British Components
HAL's inadequate product support often leaves its customers without timely assistance when facing issues, resulting in a lack of responsiveness and potentially causing significant operational disruptions.
Implications Of Dissolving 62 Cantonment Boards: A Debate
"Were cantonments being badly managed and will municipal corporations do a better job? This itself is debatable!" - Maj Gen Rajan Kochhar "It is far better to have purely military stations and let the civil areas come under the municipal authorities" - Maj Gen Rana Goswami
India's Military Programmes: A Waste of Funds on Hopeless Endeavors
"The MoD's long list of failed projects is endless, but a select few serve to highlight the financial waste and technological overreach that unfortunately applies not just to HAL, but also to the eight other Defence Public Sector Units (DPSUs)."
Women In Indian Military - Debate Continues
"The word 'Debate' in an article is enough to steer the conversation on two extremes. The responses need to be fact based and objective and not subjective. Additionally, these responses need to be backed by data and not anecdotal" - Opines Capt Shilpa Saxena
Tackling The Reality Of Kashmir Terror
"Denial is the biggest danger. Until Kashmir and Pakistan exists there is no peace. Until Islam is the motivator there can’t even be a solution. The security forces in the valley should leave policing to the police and the PMF. Get out to maintaining borders and prepare for conventional operations."
Why HAL's Safety Record is at Risk: Reasons Behind the PSU's Ongoing Struggles
"HAL's aircraft will play a critical role in India's military operations in a volatile geopolitical environment. If HAL is unable to address its challenges, the country's defence sector could suffer significant setbacks" Opines Girish Linganna
Poonch Terror Attack
"It is in Pak military’s DNA to disallow any normalisation between India and Pakistan. Pakistan public has been stuffed with so much hatred of India over the last 75 years, that they only ogle venom against India. It serves Military purpose." - Opines Col Rajinder Kushwaha
Suicides & Fratricides: The Army’s Need for a Comprehensive Psychological Approach (Redux-2)
"The killings of four army personnel on 12th April at Bathinda military cantonment by their junior colleague caused consternation in military circles. Study of 2017 by Col PK Royal Mehrishi at behest of then COAS Gen JJ Singh reveals cures for such unfortunate deaths in the Army"
Cohesion & Op - Synergy Already Exist In Indian Military!
"I am afraid there are no 'SILOS' from which Indian Military is operating during peace and war. Such beliefs are borne out of presumptuous imagination based on inputs given to PM by Military Officers and other self proclaimed experts." Opines Gp Capt TP Srivastava
Review Of Role Of Women In Indian Military: A Debate
"Women officer candidates ought to be adjudged in all military aspects in total parity from Academy days right up to Lt Col. There cannot be partiality for or against. Similarly postings must also be similarly handed" - Opines Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma, former Adjutant General
Role Of Women In Indian Military Needs Critical Review
"Women are not meant for this role physically, emotionally, psychologically or socially and except small deviations which might get absorbed/ accommodated anytime man has ventured to control or go against nature, he has had a heavy price to pay." Opines Brig Sanjay Sangwan
Debate: Has The IAS Failed The Nation? Have The Armed Forces Performed Better? How To Improve Both?
"Higher leadership which is selected by the ignorant politician and advice of an IAS officer. They tread with caution appease the politician at the cost of organisational interests. Many a times even national interest" - Opines Brig Pradeep Sharma
Going Beyond The Nicobar Choke: Part 2 Debate
"China is India's prime adversary, we are not China's main adversary; it is USA. Indian Military is divided and lacks synergy. Militarily weaker and developing nations can follow a strategy of denial" - Opines Lt Gen Harbhajan Singh, 1st Course JSW/ NDA
The Great Nicobar Choke: A Tri-Services Debate
"Do international trade vessels heading East fly only the Chinese flag? - How does one identify which ships are to be embargoed? Military to military is one story - blockading international trade may need a second look" Opines Air Mshl Sumit Mukherjee
Relevant Subjects For Studies, Projects & Dissertations At Officer Training Institutions & Civil Defence Universities
Dear Sir, Kindly peruse two u/m (att) documents: Subjects for Dissertations, Projects & Studies for Officer Training Institutions by Col Vinay Dalvi, Chapter 2 of book 'Mission Victory India'
Historical Reasons For Russia - Ukraine War & Way Forward
"32-33 years back there was a competitor of NATO, called Warsaw Pact (WP), mainly Eastern Europe nations. It had 8 members. When USSR disintegrated in 1990, an agreement was reached between Russia and USA that NATO would not expand Eastward towards Russian borders"
A Visit To Remember: A Tribute To Lt Col JJ Fonseca, The Pioneering Army Sports Specialist
The visit of Mrs Blossom Fonseca accompanied by her son Bob brought back vivid and nostalgic memories to both of them. It was my pleasure and privilege to conduct them around AIPT campus to recall and revive their nostalgic memories of 6 by gone decades!
Philippines Navy Trains To Use BrahMos Missiles In India; Navy Chief Adm. R Hari Kumar Felicitates Personnel
The acquisition is considered a significant boost to the Philippine Navy's maritime defence capabilities and complements the efforts of their surface assets in patrolling Philippine waters.
IAF: Strategic Fire power Doctrine - A Response
Howsoever powerful one may be the battle can be won by fighting jointly. Each service has to make its plan unitedly and individually. Other than complete marine warfare, the command of the battle is retained by the land forces who have to ensure the victory.
The “Glaciers Issue” & General Musharraf
"The Indian Army undertook actions in 1984 because Pakistan had resorted to cartographic aggression. The actions our forces undertook were quite unique; involved considerable loss of life in the initial actions, in repelling Pakistani assaults, and in the subsequent retention of positions."
Col Haripal Kaushik, VrC, Arjuna Award: The Gentleman Soldier Sportsman
Men may come and men will go but their deeds live on, as shall those of Col Haripal Kaushik, VrC. Those of us whose lives Col Haripal touched are truly blessed. May the noble soul rest in eternal peace because he deserves no less!
The Reality Of India-China LAC: A Debate Triggered by 'Crumbling State Of Denial' By Lt Gen PC Katoch
"China has become bold enough to tinker with the LAC as and when the Chinese Communist Party Chief wants to score a point before the Politburo. The Chinese are actually practicing the dictum' offence is the best form of defence"
Technology - Driven Future Wars: Part Two
Indian think tanks have to gear up towards this new concept of Designer Wars in the emerging scene of COWS. The flab must be cut down and concentrate on LAMA (Lean and Mean Armed Forces) to engage enemy in a 'Non- Contact dual' , where BVR or smart weapon system would play an important role.
Future War & Integration Of Armed Forces!
We have to take initial steps . “Forward planning” must become our defence analysts “ military culture”. Let us not pick up weapons from the “ Arms Shelves” of the world and fit them into our war machine but dictate our needs and accordingly orientate.
Reviewing & Redefining Combat Leadership
Build Military leaders that encourage free thinking, contrarian ideas, impeccable leadership and an indomitable spirit. It is important that officers and their capabilities are clearly defined through various scientific means in the first year of his service.
Is The Indian Military Ready For War ?
Is war with China a military war? The relevant question is this. It’s an all out national effort, it’s a nation at war. Economics, energy, water, international dynamics, nuclear neighbours, imports and exports, local markets, Indian businesses and finally collusive.
Debate On Theaterisation Continues
"India ,so far, has been dithering and the reason could be only few, either we don't have the competence at the top to produce such a document or we don't have the will to do so deliberately and a third one is that we don't have neither the will nor the competence to produce it."Opines Col LJ Singh
Reality Of A Military Defeat Of 1962 India-War, Part 2
What made Nehru to ask the Indian Army to 'throw out the Chinese' from Thagla Ridge (their own area), an area five kms across the McMahon Line? It was only to pacify the public opinion. The govt had become a prisoner of its own facile pronouncements and drawing of boundary lines unilaterally.
‘Golden Handcuffs’ Brilliant Indians Serving Interests of other Nations: Implications for National Security
‘Golden Handcuffs’ have an extremely serious military implication for future. Equipment wise Indian Military is in regressive mode. Ill equipped brave soldiers will not be able to meet the challenges of huge technologically advantaged adversaries.
'Reality Of A Military Defeat Of 1962 India - China War 'By Parth Satam For EurAsian Times Countered Strongly By Angry Veterans
"The world is full of postmortem experts. Mainly from the multitude who never fired a shot nor were ever under fire. Should be consigned to the dustbin of history"
Systematic Malfunction In Deciphering Chinese Intent
The military is an instrument of national will. They come into the picture first for border control and last for manifestation of an intent, that is forced into a contact battle. Between that is the space for diplomacy, confidence building and cooperation.
Why Should Armed Forces Officer Selection System Be Reviewed? A Debate
"As they go up the ladder, the closeness with troops and junior lot of officers becomes thinner and appeasement of their IO/ RO as well as environment gains precedence over everything else. Now one can clearly see the I,ME&MYSELF "
Military Administrative Tribunal (MAT)
In a highly pyramidical structure, supercessions are to be treated as a norm. It is not a stricture on your performance. Berths on upper floors of service hierarchy are very few. Only the most competent from a group of otherwise competent people shall occupy those and rightly so.
Remembering & Reviewing 1962 Indo - China War After 60 Yrs - Debate Part 3
We should stop war mongering. We need to extend a sincere honourable plan for disengagement with the Chinese. Draw MOUs where war is not an option and peaceful co-existence is. We should let the MEA do it’s job while we maintain the sanctity of our borders.
Henderson Brooks Report & 1962 Himalayan Blunder
Why do you want to see the HB report when enough revelations have been made in Himalayan Blunder by Brig. JP Dalvi? We must also know that Terms of Reference of Henderson Brooks investigations were very limited. Therefore he could not have done full justice to it.
Nothing British About The Indian Army
Many a time the Indian-ness of the Indian army is questioned. Mostly by people who either envy it, are jealous of it, think they have too much knowledge about it, or just that they couldn’t be part of it. I remember the Onida advertisement, ‘Neighbours envy, owners pride’.
The Laboured Progress Of India's Defence Reforms
While the IAF was justified in taking umbrage at being described as a “support arm,” by the previous CDS, it is undeniable that as far as armies and navies are concerned, air power plays a “support function,” albeit, vital and indispensable.
Why Indian Army Did Not Settle For The Kashmir Issue In 1971 Or Earlier?
India delayed its intervention which allowed so called “Tribal Raiders” to reach outskirts of Srinagar . It was at the behest of Sardar Patel a timely decision was taken while Nehru was unable to respond positively to Maharaja of Kashmir, HariSingh’s appeal .
The Agnipath challenge For India’s New Chief Of Defence Staff
Capacity development in the army has been adrift. For reasons beyond comprehension, the MOD and the Government have lost focus. Those in the know of things feel that the acquisition and procurement pipelines are getting clogged.
Future Force - Need For Restructuring The Indian Armed Forces With An Indigenous Doctrine
If an organisational design is needed to fulfil the need of “integration”, we must design a de-novo organisation to achieve the aim of the Armed Forces to apply military force in an integrated manner.
Flight Of Fancy
The Agnipath Scheme regretfully only caters for truncated training. It excludes skilling through weapon/ tactical courses. Limited time availability forecloses the benefits of education as a way of life for Agniveers. It thus puts a serious question mark on their operational usefulness.
Stability And Security Of Bangladesh In India’s Interest
Bangladesh is of crucial importance to India for reasons of security. It is also important to China for strategic reasons. China has offered construction of a fast speed train from Dhaka to Chittagong. Bangladesh has a defence cooperative treaty with China while India has none.
Himalayan Blunder - Book Review By Vikram Karve
Himalayan Blunder tells you of the debacle that happened when ill-equipped, unprepared, confused and demoralized soldiers were rushed into battle against a strong adversary in an ad hoc manner because military decisions were influenced more by political prophecy rather than by military strategy.
Agnipath - Playing With Fire
This scheme will make the Armed Forces the largest “unemployment generator” in the country. Each year, from 2026 onwards, we will release anything between 35,000 to maybe 60-75,000 young men and women, who had been earning a decent salary, into a world of uncertainty.
Agnipath, Between The Lines
Seeing the detritus of burnt trains, wrecked buses and social turmoil, often seen in the wake of many recent pronouncements, one is left wondering whether dissenting opinions are tolerated and contrarian advice accepted or given any weightage in our high-level decision-making forums?
Agnipath- The Ayes Have It
The Armed Forces must be prepared for a spate of legal cases in the times to come, especially as the organization has provided absolutely no clarity regarding the methodology to be adopted for deciding who will be the lucky 25% who will get absorbed in the regular cadre.
Infantry And Its Cradle
"The versatile but quiet Infantryman has remained isolated in far-flung areas. In fact, he was even neglected within the Army. But the TV and diverse media have brought him closer to every Indian heart. In the process, his status and rightful image has been restored."
Soldiers On Foot: Need For Better Gadgets & Guns
"The Infantry remains the main arm of the Indian Army, constituting one-third of the total forces. With changing military tactics and to keep pace with high - tech warfare, the infantryman's equipment needs to be upgraded so that he has the right weapons "
Tour Of Duty Scheme: Explained
"We may as well be walking into a similar trap though engendered by completely different thinking and at variance with the 1962 embarrassment. The Military top brass who will be heralding this phenomenon will most likely not be there to suffer the consequences of the adverse fallout of the ToD."
Forcing IAF To Accept LCA MK II?
"The first lot of LCA was handed over to IAF after IAF was ‘FORCED’ to grant (rather accept) 28 concessions to HAL. It may be of interest to mention that PAF and PLAAF pilots are unlikely to grant any concessions to IAF pilots flying LCA involved in air combat with JF-17s or J-20s."
National Security: China Factor In Indo-Pak Relationship
"India be very sure of it before thinking of talks over Kashmir with Pakistan. This is part of the ‘Outsourced-War–Strategy’ of China. We must accept the fact that not only Pakistan Army but China also now would not allow any solution between India and Pakistan on Kashmir."
DRDO’s Youth Edition To Develop Cargo Drones
"Due to a lack of adequate infrastructure and the site's isolation, internet, satellite networks, radio, and other forms of communication are restricted. There may also be numerous delays due to terrible weather conditions, low bandwidth, and a number of other issues."
CDS – The Guessing Game
The grapevine is that the Government has decided not to disrupt the chain of succession in all probability announce the name of the CDS on 30th April or before of Gen MM Naravane as the second CDS. The choice is in line, as he would be senior to all the three service chiefs.
Tour Of Duty Needs Deliberation
"Three-year tenures would need five cycles of induction and five-year tenures would need three cycles to make up the required numbers. The training duration of 44 weeks for a recruit would remain and hence greater numbers will need to be recruited and trained."
Agniveer & Tour Of Duty: The Crying Need For A Lean & Mean Army!
"So the old soldier is dead, the new but intelligent fighter is born. Therefore cry not my friends, each age has its own theories of war — which is the only permanent feature of human history. A lean & mean army is the order of the day!"
Seeking a National Military Policy
Recently a set of youngsters in Mathura got into trouble for cheering for the Pakistan team. On the other hand, two Pakistani soldiers received military honours on the basis of notes of commendation written by Indian Military officers. What should the military make of this?
Clarity Of Vision, Contrarian Views & Need To Enable Free Thinking
How many of our officers actually understand conventional war. Joint operations and integrated applications? We might be brilliant in those PowerPoint slides and cavalry type articulation. But that won’t win us the next war."
MVI Recalls Interview Of Late General SF Rodrigues (Ex-DGMT, VCOAS & COAS) On PT, Excellence & Combat Readiness In The Army
This special MVI feature story is to highlight the contribution of late General Sunith Francis Rodrigues, former Chief of Army Staff based on the personal interaction with MVI's Editorial Director, Colonel Vinay B Dalvi (Retd) in August 2020.
‘Sporting’ Summit In Beijing: A Trilateral Playground For China, Pakistan & Russia
Winter Olympics in Beijing has offered a godsent opportunity for Imran Khan to express his woes and raise anti-India tirade personally to two vital members of P-5 nations. Is the 'all-weather friendship' of India and Russia in danger of being diluted under Chinese pressure benefiting Pakistan?
German Navy Chief's Unfiltered Comments On Ukraine Crisis At IDSA Event Triggers Diplomatic Row & Leads To His Resignation!
Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach was asked for an obvious explanation by the German Defence Ministry, for which the official said that the views expressed by him in the event were “personal.”
Old Soldiers Fade Away (Redux)
"Reports suggest that irrespective of the outcome of the election the good general has been assured an appropriate reward. In other words, a deal has been struck. He has also been used; not the individual but the institution of the Chief. The motive is personal."
CDS General Bipin Rawat Helicopter Crash - An Account From Ground Zero
"The commandant DSSC was waiting at the helipad, the communication was in place. When the helicopter did not reach at its designated time it was learnt that one helicopter had crashed. This information was given to the police by some local civilians."
Pegasus Scandal – What Lies Beneath?
"As a responsible Democracy with an encouraging and expanding tech-ecosystem, we should logically be the ones to participate if not lead on how to get a semblance of order in the global arena in this highly volatile, no holds barred, free for all, unregulated market."
Lest We Forget: Boutros Boutros Ghali, United Nation's Sixth Secretary General
"In my view, Boutros Boutros Ghali was one of the leading international statesmen of the immediate post-Cold War period. It was an honour and privilege to have served with him in pursuit of the noble cause of maintenance of international peace and security."
Grey Zone Warfare: The Massive Black Out In India
"The Chinese are known for officially hacking sensitive sites world over including ours due to the type of relationship we have with them. Pakistan, North Korea and many countries world over are indulging in bloodless hidden cyber war against adversaries."
Women In Armed Forces: National Security Vs Fundamental Rights
"What we all need to understand is, that the real question is not 'gender discrimination' but purely a case of putting the right person at the right place during the war, especially in the combat zones. The Army has nothing against the lady officers, nor does it consider them inferior to males."
Career Progression in the Army
"Selections to higher ranks kick in from colonel level which is the first select rank. Unfortunately, 50 to 60 percent officers miss the chance to be promoted at the very first step of the selection ladder mainly due to lack of vacancies, not capability and relative merit."
Breach In The Citadel
"I write from the standpoint of a soldier, who believed in ‘Naam, Namak aur Nishan, which calls upon a soldier to strive for the good name of the country, respect the salt partaken and ensure the National and Regimental flags always flutter even at the peril of one’s life."
Angular Personalities of the Defence Services
"What is Angular Personality? They are generally difficult people who are capable of making the life of others difficult. They are capable of screwing the happiness of even a matured majority. You will find this miniscule 5% lot spread over the country."
New Era of RPVs UMAs & Drones (Replugged)
"It is apparent that after this piece was published over three decades back, neither the DRDO, MoD or Service HQs took any notice of it or did anything about it. Otherwise, by now we would have progressed much in this field and not lagged behind as at present."
Did You Know That Indians Brought Victory To Allied Forces In WW2?
"If Indian soldiers fighting under Union Jack had not disrupted Japanese advance, they would have easily run over the Indian subcontinent and established a link with the German Army deployed in Iran. Winners of WWII would have been different then."
Small Step, Giant Leap: Armed Forces Approach on Women Integration
"In my opinion, Women Induction in Army, way back in 1992, was a very impromptu decision. It was taken without working out the modalities of changes that it would entail in terms of policies, infrastructure, and work culture."
Girl's in NDA, Are we Ready?
"My intention to pen down this is to bring in perspective that the phases when decisions oscillate between appointments, organisations and institutions, there are young souls getting impacted every moment. I had a backup plan, and it worked for me. But, not all are so fortunate."
Who Will Win if the Military Loses?
"The Indian Armed Forces are at a crossroad. Taking the wrong turn simply because the road looks smoother may have disastrous consequences. The harder, but more appropriate one would come at a cost, probably a personal one for the decision makers. Can they, do it?"
Engaging Talibans: Is it an Option for India?
Since independence India has not been in a better position to hold a friendly dialogue with a 'genuine' Afghan government. Taliban or its derivative is a reality, which will govern Afghanistan in foreseeable future. Taking lead in engaging with them might be a better option than waiting.
Indian Army Grants Time Scale Colonel Rank to Women Officers
The five women officers selected for Colonel Time Scale rank are Lt Col. Sangeeta Sardana from the Corps of Signals, Lt Col Sonia Anand and Lt Col Navneet Duggal from the Corps of EME and Lt Col Reenu Khanna and Lt Col Ritcha Sagar from the Corps of Engineers.
Aghanistan – Towards an Islamic Emirate
"Afghanistan has always been a simmering pot of tribal violence. The militias of the various tribal factions did not come to the rescue of ANDSF primarily because the regime was also the most corrupt, inefficient, and unable to govern. Tribal affinities, loyalties and habits die hard."
Afghan Government Collapse? Sure, it was Part of a Deal!
The whole world is surprised as to how the Afghan army of 3-3.5 lakhs soldiers, trained and equipped by the USA with sophisticated US weapons has given in to the motley crowd of 75000 Taliban fighters. It is more devastating to know that collapse has taken place within a fortnight.
Taliban: The Raging Idiots
"Why would the Taliban want to form a government? It surprises me that the Taliban would want to legalise and stabilise their philosophy of existence by axing their main strengths, that is fear, chaos, being unattributable, unaccountable and unpredictable, to form a government."
Meritocracy: A Bane or Boon, An Incentive or a Threat?
Is there a need to even look into the time tested and proven structure? Or is it that MoD has no work to do, hence planning to find frivolous and unwarranted work to make their existence valid? Any change for the sake of change is a retrograde step, always and every time.
Producing Champions in Sports - A Scientific Perspective and Managerial Problems
Is it possible to produce a champion in a sport sheerly on the strength of the external inputs? Can a champion be genetically cloned? Why have some of them become accomplished, but never brilliant? Are humans born with talents that make them particularly suited to certain pursuits?
A Birds Eye View of Submarine Propulsion – Past, Present & Future
This paper explores both the roots and the future growth in battery technology to increase the underwater endurance of conventional submarines and does some crystal gazing on the future developments in underwater propulsion.
13 Kumaon 74th Raising Day: An Ode to the 'Bravest of the Brave'
"The War Cry of the Battalion is ‘Dada Krishan Ki Jai’. On this 5 Aug 2021 auspicious 74th historical Raising Day, all Kumaonis pay homage to warriors and martyrs and take a solemn Oath and pray to Unit Deity ‘Dada Krishan’ that we will perform our duties with honesty and loyalty."
Wild Ambush in Mizoram’s Wilderness!
"Our Unit got inducted in Aizawl with operational role all over Mizoram as the reserve Battalion in the thick of Mizo insurgency spearheaded by Laldenga, who was a Havildar in the Indian Army and later worked as an Accounts Clerk in the Assam Government."
A Tribute to Captain Vikram Batra (PVC) - Amazon Prime Video Launches the Trailer of Shershaah on Kargil Vijay Diwas
The war drama which will launch ahead of the Independence Day weekend, on August 12, celebrates the unflinching courage and valor of Kargil War Hero, Captain Vikram Batra (PVC)
Kargil, Hollowness & Pakistan’s War Path
The Kargil Conflict is a saga of supreme valour and grit displayed by young Indian soldiery, and its wholehearted appreciation by the people of India, thanks to the live media. But there rests in the conscience of many observers, a sense of loss, another story.
Kargil Brigade Commander, General Amarnath Aul Recounts the Cost of Vijay
Mission Victory India's Aritra Banerjee spoke to Lieutenant General Amarnath Aul (Retd), who served as the Brigade Commander of the 56 Mountain Brigade which oversaw major combat operations during the 1999 Kargil War.
Kargil Chief Air Ops Officer, Air Marshal Narayan Menon Recounts 'Safed Sagar’
Mission Victory India's Aritra Banerjee spoke to Air Marshal Narayan Menon (Retd), who served as the Air Officer-in-Charge, Jammu and Kashmir, during the 1999 Kargil War and led the Indian Airforce’s Operation Safed Sagar for which he was awarded the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal the same year.
Two LeT Terrorists Gunned Down in Shopian
During the search operation as the presence of terrorists got ascertained they were given repeated opportunities to surrender, however, they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter said security officials.
A Trilogy of Tragedy: America, Afghanistan & Pakistan
"US withdrawal from Afghanistan, at this stage, is considered to be at cross-purpose of its long term and strategic objective. It has not only conceded space to China in Afghanistan but also aided China to move one step further towards its objective of Global supremacy."
Victory India Magazine: July 2021 (Anniversary Issue)
Team MVI is pleased to publish its first anniversary issue. This edition houses 18 articles sub-divided into 5 sections. The issue examines contemporary issues, post pandemic ESM healthcare, struggles faced by disabled officer cadets & documents the bravery of the famed ‘Born To Battle’ course
Imperative of Placing our Operational Achievements in Perspective
"Let us be quite clear. The 1971 operations in the Eastern theatre have been the only real military victory our Armed Forces have achieved since Independence. In the Western theatre in 1971, it was a well-executed replay of 1965."
Brigadier Rajiv Williams Recounts the True Cost of Vijay!
Mission Victory India spoke to Brigadier Rajiv Williams, Yudh Seva Medal (Retd), who had served in the 'Special Media Cell' during the 1999 Kargil conflict with Pakistan and later commanded the famed 56 Mountain Brigade after the 'Limited War.'
Asymmetrical ‘Israeli-Palestinian Wars’!
‘Asymmetrical warfare, unconventional strategies and tactics are adopted by a force when the military capabilities of belligerent powers are not simply unequal but are so significantly different that they cannot make the same sorts of attacks on each other’.
A Simple Military Need: Integrated Theatre Commands
Integrated theatre commands are a necessity, to harness the potential of a military and ensure aggressive dominance. In the bargain accrue protection of sensitivities. In the age of modern technology, war cannot be cast into a singular dimension of application.
Mumbai University Sets Sail with its Novel ‘Centre of Excellence in Maritime Studies’
CEMAS is starting three interdisciplinary programs in the academic year 2021-22 Masters programs in M.A. (Maritime Studies), M.Sc. (Maritime Studies) and M.Com. (Maritime Studies) and will be offering PG Diploma in Maritime Logistics and PhD programme (maritime Studies) in the future.
Born to Battle Golden Jubilee: Author & Analyst Col Rajinder Singh Kushwaha Talks about Service, Loss & the Evolving Face of War
Mission Victory India flags off its fourth personality profile as part of its ongoing series celebrating 'Born To Battle Course' veterans by interacting with Col. Rajinder Singh Kushwaha (Retd)
Born to Battle Golden Jubilee: Former IMA Comdt, Lt Gen. RS Sujlana Speaks about Strong ‘Martial Traditions’ & ‘Fallen Comrades’
Mission Victory India flags off its third personality profile as part of its ongoing series celebrating 'Born To Battle Course' veterans by interacting with Lt Gen. RS Sujlana (Retd).
Born to Battle Golden Jubilee: Maj Gen. Rana Goswami Shares Nostalgic Memories & Gives a Message to the Youth
Mission Victory India flags off its second personality profile as part of its ongoing series celebrating 'Born To Battle Course' veterans by interacting with Maj Gen. Rana Goswami, VSM (Retd).
Born to Battle Golden Jubilee: Sword of Honour & ’71 War Veteran Lt Gen. Dalip Bhardwaj Talks about “Course Spirit”
Mission Victory India flags off its series celebrating 'Born To Battle Course' veterans by interacting with Lieutenant General Dalip Bhardwaj, PVSM, VSM (Retd), the ‘Sword of Honour’ of the famed course who went on to rise up the ranks as Director General Mechanised Forces.
NCC as 'General Elective Course' Introduced in 24 Colleges under University of Kashmir, Mumbai University Likely to Follow
NCC as a Credit Course is designed with an intent to transform NCC training into a curricular activity from an extra – curricular activity, thereby providing academic credits to students undergoing NCC Training.
Vice Adm MS Pawar Retires after Nearly Four Decades of Distinguished Service & Recounts Life in Dress Whites
"As I transit to life after 51 years in uniform, including 11 years at Sainik School Korukonda and the National Defence Academy, I do so with the utmost satisfaction - of having kept a taut watch on deck in weather fair and foul..."
With No Holds Barred - A Frontal Attack on the Parliamentary System of Democracy in India
"My writing here comes from an Indian, who is as much of whatsoever each is expected to be and is. It comes from my guts and is intended as an attempt at catharsis, on the utter self-inflicted disaster served to the people by the State of India."
Israel-Palestine clash: India's Experience in Resolving Long Conflicts can Help Benjamin Netanyahu in Unequal Power Dynamics
‘Muscularity’ never ends insurgencies, it needs sincere engagement, compromise within the expansive contours of the constitution and the ability to look beyond domestic political considerations
Re-calibrating Strategies to Combat Maoists’ Violence
“Statistically, while 7 percent insurgencies are known to have been resolved by employment of military force, 43% of insurgencies were resolved by a political solution, backed by a strong military muscle. This is exemplified by India’s fight with left wing extremism that ceases to end.”
Army Officers & Professional Military Education: Need for Focused, Systemic Change
The idea of new systemic of PME is to broaden perspectives of officers and not to make great scholars out of military leaders. Education can imbue officers with critical thinking skills and strengthen abilities to contribute to solutions of complex issues.
Indian Leadership Versus Chinese Virus
"Think back. What did our PM do when he went to Ladakh. He demonstrated leadership as also instilled belief and confidence in the nation and troops there. That is what he needs to do again. Instil belief in a shaken nation. If everyone is together we will come out of it."
PM Modi Reviews COVID-19 Management Preperations by Indian Armed Forces
CDS Bipin Rawat briefed PM Narendra Modi that all medical personnel from armed forces who have retired or taken pre-mature retirement in the last two years are being recalled to work in COVID-19 facilities within proximity of their present place of residence.
"Need for Expert Medical Guidance for Military Selection & Training," Says Col. IVS Gahlot, Former CO, MH Khadakwasla
Col. IVS Gahlot (Retd), a former CO, MH Khadakwasla spoke to MVI on the need to incorporate the advice of military medical professionals as part of the selection & training procedure for soldiers & officer cadets.
Necessity of Professional Medical Advice & Guidance During Training
"It is my personal observation that there is a serious lacuna in our training system where the professional advice and guidance of the dedicated medical authorities is either not being sought or optimally utilised, resulting in avoidable relegations."
Indian Navy Helps Rescue Missing Indonesian Submarine
On 21 April, an alert was received by Indian Navy through the International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office regarding the missing Indonesian submarine. The submarine was reportedly exercising in a location 25 miles North of Bali with a crew of 53 personnel.
‘INS Karanj is the Best Submarine & Crew in the World’
Captain Gaurav Mehta, the Commanding Officer of the indeginous submarine Indian Naval Ship Karanj sheds some light on its construction, its crew, and the life of a submariner in detail in this exclusive interview with Priyanka Chandani
QUAD in Indo-Pacific & Russia: New Strategic Developments
"QUAD is India’s necessity today to counter China, and of course the United States will act as a big brother until India acquires the capabilities which the US has today. Until India’s Aatamnirbharta brings it at par — it will be bullied by all and sundry."
Does The SSB System Need Overhaul? In Conversation with Brig. Rajbir Singh (Retd)
Brig. Rajbir Singh (Retd), a former SSB Psychologist & Technical Officer spoke to MVI in part-3 of this ongoing interview series on the Shekatkar Committee recommendations calling for a closure of the DIPR & its SSB system.
"SSB Selection System is Pretty Well Defined," Says Veteran Defence Journalist & Former Resident Editor Gomantak Times, Shashwat Gupta Ray
"For someone who has experienced the SSB selection system upfront and cleared it in first attempt, including medical, I will say that the selection system is pretty well defined."
"To Denigrate SSBs as Dysfunctional would be a Disservice" - A Former Flag Officer's Response
"Similar seems to be the recommendations of the Shekatkar Committee. Devoid of statistics or any worthwhile case studies which gives a correlation between cause and effect, it seems to have arrived at a conclusion to shut down the institutions."
Soldiers Courage in Galwan Valley Beyond Words of Appreciation: Parliamentary Panel
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence overwhelmingly expressed its gratitude towards each and every soldier and officer "martyred" or injured in the incident and also to their families, it said in the report tabled in the Lok Sabha.
WNC Reaches Out to Fisherman Community as Part of 'Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav'
The Indian Navy's Western Naval Command reached out to the fishermen community as part of the 'Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav' in an effort to strengthen the bond between coastal security agencies and fishermen operating in the enviornment.
Indian Strategic Thinkers: Copy Cats of Western Strategic Thoughts!
Most of the Indian strategic experts act as scare mongers. They paint unrealistic scenarios. They give too many capabilities to India’s adversaries. China and Pakistan are made to look as invincible monsters who would eat up India within the twinkling of the eye lashes.