EDI­TO­RIAL

SP's LandForces - - INTERVIEW - Lt Gen­eral (Retd) V.K. Kapoor

As a re­sult of the slow growth of the In­dian econ­omy in re­cent years, the de­fence bud­get was cut by a whop­ping ` year 2012-2013, and ac­qui­si­tions of new weapon sys­tems were put on hold. This year, to start with, an unin­spir­ing de­fence bud­get al­lo­ca­tion was done which showed a mea­gre in­crease of only - upgra­da­tion of in­fra­struc­ture in the north­east along the bor­der with China. The mod­ernistion of - duce our pur­chas­ing power. The cap­i­tal bud­get al­lo­ca­tion this year is ` 86,740.71 crore. If we as­sume that 60 per cent of the to­tal al­lo­ca­tion will go to­wards the pay­ment for past com­mit­ments, ` 34,696.31 crore. If we deduct an­other 20 per cent be­cause of the fall in the ` are there­fore look­ing at a bleak fu­ture for the de­fence pre­pared­ness of the na­tion.

The other stag­ger­ing news con­cerns the “Hi­malayan Tsunami” or the disas­ter in Ut­tarak­hand - leys lead­ing to the four dhams namely Kedar­nath, Badri­nath, Gan­gotri and Yamnotri, and Hemkund Sahib. The de­struc­tion has been so enor­mous that the state is still not clear about the num­bers killed and the num­ber of peo­ple miss­ing.

The Army op­er­a­tions in the 40,000 sq km of the area was led by Lt Gen­eral Anil Chait, Army Com­man­der, Cen­tral Com­mand, who has now com­mand and con­trol team, in keep­ing with the well for­ward to make prag­matic as­sess­ments based on the sit­u­a­tion on the ground in or­der to Chait forms a part of this is­sue. The armed forces - ciency and ded­i­ca­tion. They launched one of the - - ing the stranded pil­grims by air as well as on foot by build­ing bridges and re­con­noitring tracks on - -

The ar­ti­cles in this is­sue in­clude Am­bush on the LoC; Part II of Moun­tain Strike Corps; In­dia’s coun­tries; Se­cu­rity of Cen­tral Asian Re­gion; Op­er­a­tion Surya Hope, the res­cue op­er­a­tion in Ut

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