Thursday, March 27, 2014


I am not an expert in matters relating to Defence, but I do read as to what is being generally reported in certain section of media.

In the last few years, Armed Forces seem to have been sidelined on many issues, including hierarchy, though; Armed Forces have always been leading from the front.

In the last about a decade and the first time in independent, India under current Defence Minister!!
Army Chief has rebelled.
Ex-Air force Chief has been charge sheeted.
Naval Chief has quit before completion of his term.

The story of young officers laying down their life leading from the front is also among the common theme running across most recent naval mishaps. Lt Commander Kapish Muwal and Lt Manoranjan Kumar also died heroically aboard INS Sindhuratna.Commander Kuntal Wadha, chief engineer-designate of INS Kolkotta who was killed in accident recently. (TOI)
India has the second largest standing Army in the world, though it is miserably short of hardware. As per norms, we should have War Wastage Reserves for 40 days of intense fighting whereas India has it only for less than 20 days. According to a statement by the COAS (TOI 24/3/14), India will have 50% WWR by 2015 and will complete it by 2019.What has the Govt been doing for last ten years remains a mystery.
China and Pakistan must be readying the best defence strategies against a weakening Indian defence forces. Gwadar port in Baluch has been handed over to China by Pakistan. China completes encirclement of India, Coco Island, Burma, Hamanthota, SriLanka and now Gwadar.

Pakistan still claims part of J&K as its territory.
China still claims Arunachal Pradesh as its territory.
Islamist outfit Shahadat-e al-Hikima, formed in Feb 2003, has been propagating West Bengal as a part of Bangladesh.

We have believed in a lot of crap for years about Aman-Ki-Asha and Hindi –Chini-Bhai-Bhai. Some in Pakistan must be feeling that one “AMAN” might exploit “ASHA”. We must be naive to believe that Pakis or Chinis believe in these slogans. They do not.
Interestingly, or shall we say, surprisingly, India’s China policy is driven by Ministry of External Affairs and China Study group and not by the Military.
In the midst of all this, Indian foreign minister terms Chinese intrusions as “ACNE”
India’s integrity is being undermined by three global networks that have well-established operating bases inside India: (i) Islamic radicalism linked with Pakistan, (ii) Maoists and Marxist radicals supported by China via intermediaries such as Nepal, and (iii) Dravidian and Dalit identity separatism being fostered by the West in the name of human rights……(.Breaking India )by Rajeev Malhotra
Let us hope, in coming days and years, Indian defence forces get complete support from the Government in power.



anilkurup59 said...

Yes the scene is certainly disconcerting and worrying. The Cong howl and bray that Antony is the most honest and clean defence minister we ever had. May be yes. In fact no one will disagree. But inefficiency, inability, negligence , cowardice and weak- knee are not valiant substitute for dishonesty.

Things we hear on news channels are appalling.
Certainly any adversary will prepare to exploit on our weakness and underbelly.

The map in your post speaks volumes of danger that is in store for the country. The corridor between Sikkim and Bangladesh is a few minutes by air and less than a day by road. It would not take much effort if the Chinese decides to cut off the effectively NE will be lost

I feel that if the contention over Kashmir is taken care much of our problems with Pakistan on the western front is done with.

Alka Gurha said...

The country is comatose in every department including foreign affairs and defense. There is no consistent foreign policy and the scams have hampered modernization. A timely post.

SG said...

People who govern us do not establish foreign policy in the interest of the nation. They do it for their personal interest.

Anita Desai said...

An extremely relevant and significant issue. Very well described. Hope the change in our governing guards will take the bull by the horns.

Insignia said...

As I said on FB; the map did give me a shiver. But thinking about it; India is surrounded by hostility. And to make matters worse; China is influencing every other India's neighbor. Scary.

And the people forming the government have their own vested interests

Vishal Bheeroo said...

A very interesting perspective Sir and wonder how India always lag behind when it comes to talk touh.

Purba said...

I think this is one of the reasons we are all looking at Modi as our next PM. It's time India showed some muscle.

Rachna said...

I think there is a policy paralysis in all quarters. I do look forward to a strong leader not afraid to lay down a strong foreign policy.

indu chhibber said...

Whenever i read about the paucities in our defence preparedness i shudder to think how our enemies must be planning to cash in upon our weakness.This whole lethargy is costing valuable lives.

BK Chowla, said...

You know what is most shocking?It is the same Govt for last ten years has been swearing by national security.

BK Chowla, said...

Alka Gurha,
I am sorry to state that in last ten years or so,Indian foreign policy has been Islamanised.
Its a pity

BK Chowla, said...

What can one say of a foreign minister who calls Chinese intrussions as ACNE?

BK Chowla, said...

Anita Desai,
thank you for visiting

BK Chowla, said...

Insignia, my opinion,we are going thru a very serious phase in Indian history regarding national security

BK Chowla, said...

Vishal Bheeroo,
Thank you for your visit here.
Look forward to seeing you again

BK Chowla, said...

Honestly,I hope Modi is allowed by allies to perform

BK Chowla, said...

I have always maintained that ,thogh,India is polio free but Indian Govt is paralysed

BK Chowla, said...

Indu Chibber,
Of course.Any intelligent enemy must be planning its move against India