Category: JOINTMANSHIP AND THEATRISATION
Are We Theatrising?
Lt Gen Prakash Menon and I had a fruitful discussion on the contours of theatrisation. It was an initial discussion of sorts based on the inputs from open sources that a decision has been taken in the recent combined commanders conference that Theatre Commands will in place by 24-25.
CIVIL MILITARY FUSION: A MODEL FOR INDIA
In case India has to modernise and rise as a power of consequence, the necessity of Civil Military Fusion for India is undisputed. By Lt Gen PR Shankar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)* This article was published in the CENJOWS Journal, SYNERGY- Feb 2023 on theme “Civil-Military Fusion in Defence: The Way Forward” @ https://cenjows.in/pdf-view/?url=2023/03/3.-Civil-Military-Fusion-A-Model-for-India-By-Lt-Gen-PR-Shankar-Retd.pdf&pID=19302&pg=1 (Pages 52-67)…
Indian Army : The Nation Builder
By Lt Gen P R Shankar (R) This article is published in ‘Samman’ which is being released on 14 Jan on the occasion of the Veterans Day 2023. It is a tribute to the Indian Army, all the veterans and serving personnel who have contributed to building India into a power of consequence. Happy Pongal,…
Decoding 'Normal' between India and China by Tara Kartha and Lt Gen P R Shankar (R)
Also Published as India-China SCO ‘cold war’ shows we have different ideas of normality—military or economic @ The Print Perhaps it is time to take a page or two from the Cold War textbooks, suitably translated into an Asian language of choice. TARA KARTHA and LT GEN P R SHANKAR (RETD) File image of PM Narendra…
Pre -Independence Day Musings in the Absence of Chief of Defence Staff By Lt Gen P R Shankar (R)
On 15 August 2019, our Prime Minister announced, from the ramparts of the Red Fort, that India will have a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). It was truly a historic announcement. Ever since the Kargil Review Committee recommended establishment of the post, no government took the decision on appointment of a CDS. No Government brought this…
ARMED FORCES NEED A BALANCED HEAD AND STRONG LEGS by Lt Gen P R Shankar (R)
Refs :- https://static.pib.gov.in/WriteReadData/specificdocs/documents/2021/oct/doc202110501.pdf https://www.gunnersshot.com/2022/04/agnipath-insiders-view-from-outside.html https://www.gunnersshot.com/2022/04/agnivirs-of-agnipath-bottom-up.html https://www.gunnersshot.com/2022/04/the-curious-case-of-missing-cds-by-lt.html https://www.gunnersshot.com/2022/02/where-is-indias-second-cds-by-lt-gen-p.html Many articles have appeared on the post of the CDS being still vacant. Many articles have appeared on the proposed tour of duty concept of enrolment of soldiers for short tenures of three and five years. The CDS and Tour of Duty have a seminal connect in the defense,…
The Curious Case of the Missing CDS by Lt Gen P R Shankar (R)
In Dec 21, soon after Gen Bipin Rawat’s untimely demise, I was asked by the editor of Speculator Times to write about his successor. He said that inside information suggested that an announcement of the new CDS would be made shortly. He wanted to be the first on the button to maintain his pole position…
Where is India’s Second CDS? by Lt Gen P R Shankar (R)
AMUL’S CONGRATULATORY AD ON INDIA’S FIRST CDS Late Gen Bipin Rawat was a determined and resolute driver of Theatrisation and Jointness, even if it meant ruffling some reluctant feathers. He was also very clear that the way forward was Atmanirbharta and was a very committed driver of indigenization. He was at the forefront in rendering…
The Army Needs a Serious Rethink By Lt Gen P R Shankar (R)
The Financial Express, reported that the capital budget allocation for the Indian Army has reduced from Rs 36, 481.90 to Rs 32,102 crore ( down by 12.2%). Even worse, Indian Army was able to spend just around 40% of its allocated budget. During the mid-year review itself the Army’s capital budget had been reduced. The…
DISCUSSION WITH MR SREE IYER ON THE NEXT CDS
There is lot of speculation on the choice of the next CDS. Rumours are flying thick and fast as also articles are being written in favour of one or the other. In this video we bring out the span of the CDS and what it involves in choosing the CDS.