Public Policy

Give them their due

The hero of the Bangladesh war, Lt Gen J F R Jacob, once commented, only partly in jest, that today’s generals do not even enjoy half the authority that he had once enjoyed as a major. The general should know, having served as an army commander and much later as a governor of Punjab and […..]

Low pension makes soldiers rue their fate

How much do we really value our jawans? Very little, in terms of the pensions paid to them. The claims of those who say that they care for the Indian soldier would ring hollow if they stopped to consider the miserly pensions paid to retired soldiers. Naik Dharam Sharma, who was employed in the elite […..]

NCC Spreads AIDS Awareness

Kolkata: Thousands of National Cadet Corps (NCC) members in Kolkata are at the forefront of West Bengal’s AIDS control programme. Roughly one lakh cadets have been mobilized for this unique initiative, and distribute special audio cassettes and textbooks to spread awareness. Seeing their success, even UNICEF, for the first time, has decided to tie up […..]

Govt Mulls Flexibility in Army Structure

The government has confirmed that it is now examining a radical proposal to directly transfer Army officers to para-military organisations like the BSF and the CRPF after five to seven years of service. The proposal aims at reducing the age profile of the Indian Army and giving and alternate career option to Army officers. If […..]

NSG in Spotlight After Temple Attack

The terrorist attack on the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar led to the death of 30 innocent people, but also brought the nation’s focus back on the Black Cats – the country’s elite National Security Guard – who ended the siege. While the skills of the elite NSG were on display in Gujarat, also on display […..]

Trishul Unacceptable to Armed Forces in Present Form

In a serious setback to India’s missile programme, the defence services have told the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) – the organization that oversees all weapons being developed in India that the Trishul missile does not meet its requirements and is unacceptable in its current form. This is a missile project that has taken […..]

Major Restructuring of Army is Need of the Hour

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There is more to the manpower shortage in the Army than meets the eye. The current shortage of 12,586 officers is among the lower ranks of the Captain and Major, which form the backbone and first line of defence of the Army.