"The Taiwanese have warned that any more violation of their airspace will invite retaliatory action. There are reports which say that a Sino-US armed conflict is getting more real. China is more isolated than ever. Internally, Inner Mongolia continues to fester. Tibet is getting revived."
"What worries China, it seems, is the harshest winters of Eastern Ladakh at 16000-17000 feet and the inability of its soldiers to bear this. Soldiers coming from ‘One-Child-Families’ are pampered and urbanised, who have enjoyed luxury amenities, which makes them soft."
"Whatever China set out to do with India, the opposite has happened. China is now entangled in its secondary theatre when the primary one in South China Sea is frothing. Any major action on this front will have repercussions there."
“Without a doubt, armed forces must continue to be relevant as tool of CNP even in the COVID-19 scenario and not resort to gimmicks to retain their relevance. The Armed Forces must consistently redefine roles and activities by determining how to best accomplish their purpose.”
"In early August, the newly inducted Mountain Division, including Tibetan troops of the SFF, was fully acclimatized. They had begun reconnaissance and validated their offensive plans which were so secret that even the holding formation troops were unaware of what was going on."
"The capture of Spanggur Spur by 7 Vikas (SFF) and taking 45 PLA prisoners (unconfirmed) is an example of joint Indo-Tibetan revenge against China. Liberation of Tibet movement, anticipated after India and US abandon one China policy, will be Xi’s another nemesis."
"If no amicable solution is reached, the standoff would develop into a long haul resulting into logistic build-up for the winters, and deployments of all arms in sufficient numbers to maintain a balanced posture."
'Tenzing Norgay' Awardee Col. Sarfraz Singh spoke to MVI's Aritra Banerjee about his dare devil achievements in the highly specialised field of adventure sports, in his first interview since receiving the highest national honour.
ASI was raised as part of the Indian Army’s ‘Mission Olympics’ program on 1 July 2001 with an aim to train the vast reservoir of talent in the Army to win medals in the Olympics in seven disciplines: Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Diving, Fencing, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
Former Director General Military Training (DGMT) and Current Director of the Think Tank Centre for Land and Warfare Studies (CLAWS) Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Ahluwalia speaks to MVI's Aritra Banerjee on the need for PT reforms in the Indian Army.
Post Indian Pre-emptive Op on Southern Bank of Pangong Tso Lake: A Status Report of Sino-Indian Conflict!
"The PLA has some basic problems with soldiers. Chinese know that Indian soldiers are far more superior in the art of war and bravery. What they lack by way of advanced weaponry, they very well make it up by their raw courage. This is the dilemma of PLA Leadership."
"India is like a blind elephant that is rushing into the forests; it crushes weak trees, demolishes branches, crushes whatever comes in front of it, dashes against huge trees, stumbles into pits and ponds and gets up and pushes again till it finally slumps out of exhaustion and falls asleep."
"The institution of the Military remains steadfastly ‘voiceless’ about its own opinions, as mandated by its traditional, constitutional, and moral ethos that has increasingly found unsolicited ‘voices’, for the historically apolitical institution."
"Mechanised forces should be suitably integrated with planned Mountain strike corps. Time has come to smell the coffee and Mechanised Forces should not be lagging in this aspect and should carry out due diligence of its fighting capabilities."
"Procrastination by our military and civil bureaucracy has been the thief of our territory. Enough of paperwork. Keep the draft DPP aside and get down to business. We do not need a DPP! We need a tank! We must build a tank now with what we have and can."
"The APTC Officer shortfall must be made up with a selection of high quality, dedicated and committed officers that would be an asset to the Corps and the Army. Quality of officers must be given overriding priority rather than just filling vacancies." -Maj Gen VK Madhok-
"It is high time India makes a statement not recognising the Chinese claims on the South China Sea and stress on its importance as International Waters to facilitate world trade, sustain the global economy and ensure peace and prosperity."
"One must not think that India is not at war. It is already fighting an ‘invisible war’ and ‘irregular war’ on its internal front, launched by China and Pakistan respectively. These are the preferred strategies of waging a war in the 21st Century."
"Chinese forces are not only demonstrating an unprecedented aggressiveness along the LAC, but also imposing its dominance in South China Sea, Taiwan and a few other nations, and India needs to discern China’s intent and the larger strategic signals emanating from Beijing in the geopolitical domain."
"For a few of us who had the opportunity to serve under his leadership, it was not surprising to see that he had left an indelible impression on a large cross section of the strategic community too and that is evidenced in the tributes to him forwarded by eminent people from different fields."
"It is time that we shed the veil of secrecy and compartmentalization surrounding Foreign Policy and involve the talent India has in our deliberations to enable the framing and articulation of a pro-active, positive and futuristic Foreign Policy."
"It is pertinent to have a relook at officers' selection by the Services Selection Boards. Ironically, even after knowing the glaring discrepancies, neither the recruitment directorate nor the Defence Institute of Psychological research has moved in addressing the lacunae."
"To demand a ‘fact-finding body’ when the situation is still volatile belays good judgement. Besides finding facts ‘the body’ will find faults with individuals who are currently handling a volatile and critical situation."
"The Galwan clashes and subsequent mobilisation of troops on both sides of the LAC has brought into public domain the weaknesses in our ability to defend our Territorial Integrity with reference to the Indo-Sino land borders."
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"Invisible soldiers masquerade as overground politicians, media personalities, defence analysts and business men. They are the ‘soul traders’ for money. Here, one is reminded of a CIA agent’s observation of Brigadier Yousuf Mohammed."
"At the strategic level, the government must moot a sustained process of engagement with China at the highest politico-diplomatic echelons. The negotiations should seek multi-dimensional Sino-Indian modus-vivendi; encompassing the full gamut of bilateral issues."
"The motto of Bihar Regt is ‘Karam hi Dharam.’ Col. Santosh Babu died performing his sacred duty in the line of duty. He developed a close rapport with the men that they followed him to the adversary’s camp unarmed. They haven’t laid down their life for nothing."
"From obsolete equipment to WW II recruitment techniques. What can India do to have a Military ready to fight future wars of the 21’st Century? We need to urgently focus on the following in Military Psychology to prepare our Military to win!"
"Readers will of course wonder how Chindia; the clever marketing buzzword of 2008 vintage has come down to street-fighter like slugfests and stone throwing with both sides soldiers carrying weapons sheathed and with barrels pointing downward; having last fired weapons in anger 45 years ago"
"The Army owes loyalty to the Constitution rather than a political party. It is for this reason alone that the President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. The Army has a responsibility to give the correct information to the Indian people."
"What was the apprehension in admitting that intrusions had taken place and appropriate response was being planned? It would have not brought the government down. Intrusions are inevitable where gaps are covered by patrolling and the enemy has the initiative."
"If heads are to roll, it must start with the Ministry of Home Affairs, who controls the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)? Have the Chinese suddenly appeared in these areas in the month of May? It seems that the ITBP, who are responsible for the LAC in the region, have not done their job properly."
What is China’s Intent? The Answer is in the Regional Diplomatic Scenario & the New Cold War with the US
"India’s domestic politics under PM Narendra Modi; it’s tilt towards the US; and a brief hark back to history, during the first war between India and China in 1962 is the prism through which this rather extreme Chinese move should be judged."
"This has recently led to a spirit of 'Ramboism,' expressed in terms of Wolf Warrior conduct. Wolf-warrior conduct of the PLA is based upon two Chinese blockbuster movies by the same name, which more and less displays the Rambo culture."
"Realizing the never-ending technological ripostes it would trigger in countries developing advanced delivery systems (missiles) to foil the BMD in an escalatory arms race, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABMT) was signed by the US."
"In recent times there has been a spate of deplorable incidents that have regrettably brought dishonour and disgrace to our Armed Forces. This lends credence to the belief that we are not any more that feared, professional and integrated fighting force."
"The informed intelligentsia and the media which shapes opinion needs to be more supportive of the Army, by raising the level of debate regarding modernization of equipment, conditions of living, pay, perks and salaries of the soldier."
"As we are locked in another stand-off with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Ladakh, while the world marvels at its staggering technological, economic and military transformation, I see lessons there itself – for even an adversary can be great teacher."
"It is a known fact that China has always seen India as a weakling. This notion has existed since 1962. No wonder, Chinese official Government news paper, Global Times had sarcastically observed a some years back that India was like a beautiful woman..."
"Why would youth like to join Army as jawan under ToD with uncertain future and not prefer to join the police forces? Another government proposal, as commented upon by a veteran Army Commander, is to induct 100 officers and 1,000 jawans per year under ToD with six-months training to man borders."
PLA’s Vicious Antics Damaging Pride, Fighting Spirit of Indian Soldiers. Time India Prepares Befitting Response
"China had been witnessing our soldiers being periodically stone-pelted in Jammu and Kashmir by paid mobs, and even when they opened fire in self-defence with injuries to own personnel and government property destroyed,"
Looking Beyond Relegations: The 25-Year-Old Battle to incorporate ‘Mandatory Physical Tests at SSBs’
“The Indian Army conducts Physical Fitness Tests of 100 marks in the selection of recruits, but there are no mandatory physical tests in the officer candidate screening during SSB." –Extract from Paper Published in the Army War College Journal 2020
"International military circumstances are changing drastically due to recessing economies and disruptive technologies. Currently all armed forces are like single shot guns. Fully loaded and cocked. If fired, all these onetime wonders cannot be reloaded during the Pandemic."
"There are complex factors at play in this long developing narrative between India and China which witnesses high notes of potential peace when political leaders meet at informal summits and war drums when the armies clash at the heights along the Line of Actual Control ."
"One day a terrorist can get the better of you and may be that's what may have happened...The battle is all about being smarter than your adversary and you will have bad days sometimes. That is part of this game. This does not dictate the need to change our leadership ethos."
Posterity can only tell whether the Chinese had really launched the Third World War with Covid-19 as its biological weapon? Without firing a single bullet, it has ensured that all its adversaries are reeling under economic depression with millions dying and billions losing their livelihood.
"The primary task of the special forces is across the border, not within the country. Counter-insurgency tasks can be easily carried out by the Rashtriya Rifles, the infantry, and the Assam Rifles in the northeast, with SF used very selectively within our borders, if at all."
The combat deaths of such large numbers of our young soldiers is unacceptable by any account. Pakistan loses just a few expendable brainwashed terrorists while we continue to light the pyres of dozens of highly trained, motivated and super-brave young officers and men.
For nearly forty years, we secretly collaborated with Israel, principally on weapons programmes without ever publicly acknowledging the partnership. The Israelis however have grown weary of this tiptoeing and want to go official, with all-out strategic embrace, including military exercises.
Proposal to Change Nomenclature of Candidates Hoped to Finally Get them ‘Disability Pension’ & ESM Status
Trainee Officers (Cadets) boarded out from military academies after sustaining permanent injuries during training are given measly ‘Monthly Ex-Gratia Payment’ which is lower than even the lowest civilian government employees and Jawans (Sepoys).
"Is placing it away from HQ IDS by design? We may propagate that India is raising SOD on the lines of US SOCOM but there is little understanding that aircraft and helicopters integral to SOCOM are specially modified for special operations forces."
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"In essence, what we are seeking is the best utilization of our resources to achieve our objective of territorial integrity. How do we maximise the taxpayer’s money? True, it calls for uncommon coordination between the controllers of these resources."
This is an PDF version of a PowerPoint presentation presented by Mission Victory India, Director Col. Vinay B Dalvi on the incorporation of Sports medicine in military training at SAICON, held in New Delhi.
"How we select, nurture, train and groom our soldiers and officers with respect to their physical fitness factor. The prevailing culture or norms must be analysed to bring out shortcomings if any in our processes of selection and training."
"Having personally been a victim of the special promotion board in 2003 for consideration to the rank of Air Marshal and having personally fought the case and won in the Delhi High Court in 2004, I think I am better placed than most to comment on how the system works."
The Services (especially the Army) have been functioning with a shortage of approx. 20–30% in the officer ranks alone since the 1970s. All the efforts to find a solution have failed primarily due to lack of a cohesive understanding between the users and the scientific/research wing of the MoD.
The system is in vogue for over sixty years now without change both in procedure and tests except minor addition of screening test that was introduced in 1998 in Army selection Boards and later adopted by Air force and the Naval Selection Boards.
Smart Turnout is, in fact, a regimental term, meaning ‘to look your absolute best, and have a stylish appearance about one’s self’. Wearing uniforms and coats can make people more conscious of their duties and encourage them to pay more attention to their jobs.
"This approach paper gives a true and holistic view of all the processes of 'selection and training' and bring out all their deep rooted flaws and serious shortcomings, together with sure and lasting solutions.”
Pensions of Armed Forces Veterans stand on a different footing. The state having employed the soldiers on hazardous conditions, subjects them to very strict code of discipline and curtails their fundamental rights of freedom of expression as well as association.
The present issue relating to ‘disability pensions to senior officers’ is only a part of the bigger problem and hence must be reviewed and tackled holistically to address all intricately linked issues that have been adversely affecting the quality of our military leadership.
Teaching Military Strategy, Leadership Theory & Military History could be achieved in the last two terms of the NDA since the first four terms were actually used to break the civil attitude of the boy who came and take him up to the inter-science level in academics.
The unfortunate death of two first term cadets at IMA on 18 Aug 2017 has once again brought the focus on the dire need to change and modernize our primitive training methodology at our premier Officer training institutions.
Combating insurgency for decades in J&K and North East is taking its toll in India with the Army paying for it dearly not only by losing its honour, morale and reputation but more importantly its overall fighting capability and efficiency for a futuristic two front conventional war.
Menial Jobs, Poor Rations Affect Jawans, but Army does Little to Boost Morale, Says 2007 Internal Report
Why is it that so many Indian jawans are either killing themselves or their fellows? Reason: Employing jawans for unsoldierly tasks, poor accommodation and sanitary facilities, administrative and cultural issues, subpar clothing and rations...