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.
"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."
"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 "
"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."
"Today the Chinese have what they call an anti-chemical warfare corps as part of the People’s Liberation Army, with its own special school and research and development sections. It is supposed to have developed considerable anti- chemical warfare expertise."
A soldier’s profession is war. He needs guns, equipment, tanks, society’s support and political direction to fight war. This is what our political leaders don’t understand. And therefore, the crucial necessity to impart 'Professional Military Education' to them.
The Army needs young officers in its combat units and where units are, or else it will be run and led by JCOS and NCOs. Because Officers are not available to train, monitor, administer or to motivate the Jawans. What are the Facts?
This article is based on a letter dated 22 October 2020 sent by the author to the President of India with copies forwarded to the Prime Minister ,Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff and Army Commanders.
A view is that when the US and its allies leave, an Afghan-Pak-Taliban combination could be disastrous for India, and therefore the US should leave an independent, sovereign state of Afghanistan under a democratically elected President. But again, will this concept work?
What are the pending issues between Bangladesh and India? What are Dhaka’s internal challenges which it has to grapple with? What are Chinese and US interests? India’s security concerns and what New Delhi can or should do? And finally, the Future?