NOT LONG HAUL

India Today - - THE BIG STORY -

At the root of the army’s rot is the lack of an ef­fec­tive po­lit­i­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tive vi­sion. The army con­tin­ues to re­main plat­form-cen­tric, in­sist­ing on in­di­vid­ual weapon plat­forms such as tanks and how­itzers, rather than be­com­ing mis­sion or ca­pa­bil­ity-cen­tric.

The Min­istry of De­fence in­structs the army to re­main pre­pared for a fullscale war last­ing up to 90 days. In case of a si­mul­ta­ne­ous two-front war with China and Pak­istan, the army is also tasked with “de­feat­ing Pak­istan” and “hold­ing China”. The de­fence min­istry be­lieves that such a wide am­bit will let the army pre­pare for a full spec­trum of con­flict, in­clud­ing lesser con­tin­gen­cies. In re­al­ity, the lum­ber­ing army is strug­gling to keep up. At a time when modern armies are re­tool­ing them­selves into leaner fight­ing ma­chines for lo­cal con­flicts, the In­dian Army still en­vis­ages fight­ing bat­tles on a large scale. Pak­istan con­tin­ues to be an ob­ses­sion. Next month, the army is to un­der­take a mas­sive mil­i­tary ma­noeu­vre, Su­dar­shan Shakti, in the Ra­jasthan desert near the bor­der. It has been 25 years

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