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A ‘Middle’ on Military Meetings

Preamble Before the Television age, the newspapers were our only source of information on the current events. The morning began with a cup of tea and the ‘paper’ For many of us, the ‘middle’ article on editorial page was a great attraction. I, for one, read them with very intently. In due course of time I began to write such …

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Milestone Fifty!

  The Editor’s Foreword It is said that ‘Time Flies like an Arrow’.  This proverb implies that time travels at a very high speed, and also that it can move only in one direction: forward. Therefore, just as the arrow cannot return to the bow, yesterday can never come back. As for the speed, I notice that this is relative, as Einstein …

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MY ADORABLE PARENTS by Rashmi Oberoi

  Foreword This is the story of Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi and his erudite soul-mate, Daulat. It is written by their daughter, Rashmi, who is a well-known writer, in her own right. Oberoi (XVIII NDA, G Sqn) was commissioned in 1961, and lost a leg in the 1965 war, when he was barely 24 years old. He braved the loss of his limb …

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‘AN INSPECTION IN THE LAND OF THE KANCHENJUGA’ By Brig KN HARIKUMAR

An Introduction to ‘Peace-time Soldiering’ The Second World War (1939 – 45) went on for so long, that when, at long last it ended, the soldiers had forgotten their peace-time routine. And then one day, a commander called all his officers and said,  “Well, gentlemen, now that the war has ended, let us get down to some serious soldiering!” He …

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‘AN INDIAN ROPE TRICK IN HIGH ALTITUDES’ BY BRIG KN HARIKUMAR

  Foreword I joined the unit in December 1981. We were located at ‘Mile-Five’ on the Gangtok-Nathula Road (GNR) and the unit was situated at an altitude of about 7000 feet. My predecessor, Lt Col (later Maj Gen) AP Palta had created a very well knit and efficient team, and he gave me some very useful guidelines. There were no skeletons …

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AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN DAY BY Wg Cdr J THOMAS

Editor’s Note When an aircraft takes off smoothly, performs all the manoeuvres properly and then makes a perfect three-pin landing, the pilot gets a pat on his back, and proudly enters it in his log book. No one cares to remember or even acknowledge the ‘behind the scenes’ effort of the maintenance technicians. Not many of us in India know that in …

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Per Capita Soldiers in India

Has the Armed Forces pension bill become unaffordable? In 1984, a High Level Committee headed by the then Rajya Raksha Mantri Shri K.P. Singh Deo was set up which conducted thorough study of the problems of ex-defence personnel for the first time. It made more than sixty recommendations. All except two were accepted by the government. And these two were: ‘One …

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‘PHOOK’ THEORY AND ‘THE HOLY BOOK’

“The sharp edge of a razor is difficult to pass over; thus the wise say the path to Salvation is hard” (From a verse in the Katha-Upanishad ) Prologue It is well known that leading men in battle, in the face of fire is a daunting task. What is not so well understood is that commanding a large unit or …

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Lifeline Through the Sky – Ladakh 1962

1…2…3……43 ! Lifeline Through the Sky – Ladakh 1962 By  J  Thomas Around 1960  Sqn Ldr Chandan Singh was a  flight commander in 43 and he opened up valley routes  for operation to Kargil, Leh, Thoise, Fukche and Chushul airstrips and to many DZs.  Soon after, the C-119G Packets operated in strength and the AN-12s entered the scene.  Fukche and …

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Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (The Universe is one Family)

Editor’s Note This piece has been written by a former Army Commander,Lt Gen Yogi Sharma, in the first person singular. It is a poignant story of his discovering his life partner in a distant land. Fifty-five years ago, when  communications were not as good as they are now, the step which they took to reach out to each other must have …