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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 …

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Reaching out from a wheel-chair

As far as I remember, I received the first e-mail from Brig PT Gangadharan  (whom I will fondly now refer to as ‘Ganga’ and also to save space) in 2005. I had never met him in service, and his mail came as a ‘forward’. At my request, he put me on his mailing list, and I have been regularly receiving …

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SINO-INDIAN BORDER : THE WAY FORWARD By J THOMAS

Editor’s Note Fifty years after the 1962 war with China, a great deal is being said and written about the event. Tomorrow happens to be the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of our course mate, 2/Lt T Achyutharayalu, of the Sikh LI, who made the supreme sacrifice at Sela. He was a classmate of Joseph Thomas in School. To mark this occasion, Thomas has written a brief …

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FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BOLD

Preamble This is a brief story of the life and times of Lt Gen (Retd) C Sundara Rao, PVSM. He retired as the DEME in 1973. To the lay reader, it may seem that he was extra-ordinarily lucky. He was fortunate to be commissioned when the war was on; blessed to be in the EME when the British officers were leaving, and with that …

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QAYAMAT KA DIN

Originally posted on 16/07/2010 : JAANE KAHAAN GAYE VOH NDA KE DIN!!! We all enjoyed ourselves at the Academy. The pictures which I have of that period tell the tale better than the best words which any of us can write. But I suspect, we did not know it when we were living in Khadakvasla or Dehradun. I do not …

Na Shivale(temples), na Kalisa (Churches) na Haram) Mosques jhoote haiN

Originally posted on 02 March 2011 : We are all agreed that our politicians, bureaucrats and the policemen are corrupt.  Senior army officers are also in the news for being indiscreet. Recently, Mrs Zamir sent me a link to a clip from the Pakistani serial “Hasb-e-haal”  It is a commentary on the societal issues across our Western border. It is …

US MILITARY GALLANTRY AWARD FOR SAVING LIVES

Originally posted on 14 Dec 2011 : Military awards gallantry medals to soldiers of conspicuous valor. This morning, I read in the papers that Maj KS Kalsi of their medical corps has been decorated with the “Bronze Star Medal” for saving lives. The US system of awards is different from ours, and therefore a direct comparison is not possible. However, …

A tale of two land forces: Army and Police

Originally published by Vijayvaani on 26 March 2009 A tale of two land forces: Army and Police If India is united and intact today, it is because of its military and in spite of our frenzied polity. I dare you to name a colonel or a general who is either communal or a zealot. Marching Shoulder to Shoulder On Republic …