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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/2013/20130417/main7.htm
China, Russia spent more on defence; India, USA less
Ajay Banerjee/TNS

New Delhi, April 16
China and Russia have increased their defence spending, while India and the USA have reduced theirs. Also, globally the defence spending has seen the first decline in 15 years, says data of think-tank the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released globally last night in Sweden.

The report details the military spending of 172 countries in 2012 and points at how military spending is rising in Asian countries where tension are on the upswing while 18 European Union countries have imposed a cut.

China remains the world’s second largest defence spender for 2012, shelling out $ 157 billion, an increase of $11.5 billion over 2011. Russia follows at the third spot behind with a spending of $ 90 billion, an increase of $12.3 billion. The USA, despite cuts imposed, is leading the pack with a spending of $ 668 billion, a $ 53 billion reduction over 2011.

Also, for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the share of the USA in global military spending has dropped below 40 per cent.

On India, SIPRI said the spending in 2012 was 2.8 per cent lesser than 2011 when seen in real terms. It was $ 48.2 billion in 2012, down from the $ 49.6 billion in 2011. Globally, the military spending for 2012 was at $1.75 trillion, a fall of 0.5 per cent in real terms since 2011.

A SIPRI statement quoting Dr Sam Perlo-Freeman, Director of SIPRI’s Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme, said “However, the USA and its allies are still responsible for the great majority of world military spending. The NATO members together spent a trillion dollars.

The decline in US spending is mostly the result of reduced war spending, which fell from $ 159 billion in 2011 fiscal to $ 115 billion in 2012 fiscal, and is set to continue its downward course, with only $87 billion requested by the Department of Defence for 2013.

Overall expenditure in Asia and Oceania rose by 3.3 per cent in 2012. With tension rising in the South China sea, military spending has increased in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Spendings in 2012

    China remains the world’s second largest defence spender shelling out $157 bn, an increase of $11.5 bn over 2011
    Russia follows at third spot behind with a spending of $90 bn, an increase of $12.3 bn over the previous year
    The USA, despite cuts imposed, is leading the pack with a spending of $668 bn, a $53 bn reduction over 2011
    India’s spending in 2012 was 2.8% lesser than 2011. It was $48.2 bn in 2012, down from the $49.6 bn in 2011


http://post.jagran.com/nepal-army-to-purchase-essential-defence-equipments-from-india-1365769187
Nepal army to purchase essential defence equipments from India - See more at:
http://post.jagran.com/nepal-army-to-purchase-essential-defence-equipments-from-india-1365769187#sthash.AkcElszi.dpuf
Kathmandu: For the first time in nearly seven years, Nepalese Army would soon purchase essential defence equipment, possibly from India.
   
A cabinet meeting headed by Chairman of the Council of Ministers Khil Raj Regmi, has made a decision to this effect, cabinet sources said.
   
Earlier, the Special Committee for the Integration and Rehabilitation of Maoist combatants had decided to clear the way for the government to acquire necessary weapons.
   
Prior to this, the Nepal Army was barred from purchasing weapons as per the Comprehensive Peace Accord signed between the Maoists and the government in 2006.
   
According to media reports here, during the joint consultative group meeting between Nepal and India held in New Delhi recently, India had agreed to provide necessary military supplies to Nepal as per its request.
   
After then King Gyanendra took absolute power in February 2005, India and the international community had decided to halt supply of military equipments to Nepal to exert pressure for restoring democratic rights. - See more at:
http://post.jagran.com/nepal-army-to-purchase-essential-defence-equipments-from-india-1365769187#sthash.AkcElszi.dpuf

http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/NAT-TOP-is-this-a-real-indian-army-recruitment-ad-4236109-NOR.html

Is this a real Indian army recruitment ad?



New Delhi: Is this army recruitment ad for real? The snapshot of a billboard apparently carrying an army recruitment ad placed at an outdoor location in Shillong is now floating on microblogging site Twitter.

The 'advertisement', a collage of images of female Bollywood actors hailing from 'army families', carries the punchline, "if you want to have beautiful and successful daughters, join the Indian army.

The official website of the Indian army is mentioned at the bottom of the poster.

Many of those who have seen the poster find it fake and completely unlike the advertisements the army and other defence forces usually release in the public domain.


The image has been retweeted by senior Congress member Shashi Tharoor, perhaps in an attempt to draw the attention of the concerned authorities towards the poster.

http://kractivist.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/indian-army-magic-formula-to-have-beautiful-and-successful-daughters-wtfad-afspa-kashmir-manipur/
Indian Army –Magic Formula to have beautiful and successful daughters ?
Dear Indians

Do you want a daughter ? No of course not, why will you want a girl child , she is such a burden and a son will only carry on the family name etc etc… blah blah.

Oh No  !  you dont want to have a  girl child !!!

Well  in shillong specifically and allover india generally, the  Indian army  is giving the incentive, to have a girl child. Wow, this advertisement will go a long way in balancing child sex ratio ?  and it might also give impetus to the ‘ Laadli Campaign, which is in deep shit for now, 42% girls dropped from Laadli scheme over 2 years
So above in the advertisement you see—  PRIYANKA  Chopra, Gul Panag, Preity zinta,  Anushka  Sharma , Celina Jaitley , Simmi Garewal,  Amrita singh, Chitrangadha , Sakshi Tanwar, and it says -’If you want to have beautiful and successful daughters  join INDIAN ARMY”,.

Now , Indians this  is your  chance dont let ti go away.. RUSSSSHHH TO INDIAN ARMY,  if you want to have BEAUTIFUL daughters who will become a hit  Bollywood  or television actresses, and will make you PROUD and will  add to the great  HONOR  of your family, ie   if they save themselves from honor killing.!

Also all women in the ad are BEAUTIFUL as per what is  ingrained in our brains. The super-skinny, super-tall, and amazingly gorgueous figure; The Super-Models and Actresses.The  certain typecast images fed on physical appearances and . If you don’t fit into those notions, you feel terrible – that’s why people are unhappy about their bodies. This advertisement further promotes, the fact  that to succeeed you need to have a hour glass figure ?. How do you define beauty ? Who said “big” isn’t beautiful? Who said curves aren’t sexy?
Who told you to change who you are, loosing the weight that you’ve gained so far. For me Tuntun, Manorama  all were beautiful also. beauty has nothing to do with your body but your innerself , your personality as a whole. For me Sheetal Sathe, Soni Sori, Aparna Marandi, Irom Sharmila are all BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, and SUCCESSFUL as well.

The Fact that  whether you will  have a daughter or son THE MANS SPERM WILL DECIDE, if  you have a daughter, she has to decide her life and what’s success for her ?

This  sexist  advertisement further strengthens  the stereotypes feminist have been fighting.  Women are human being and not relationships , think about them outisde their roles as  daughters mothers and sisters. Valourising women as  daughters, sisters, , mothers, bhabhi, dadi and Nani.  Today women are screaming at top of their voice-- ” I am not your  Mother, Wife, Sister or daughter . I am a PERSON.  So this ad, adds to all the sexists ads which are defining every woman by her relationship to another person rather than as a person in her own right; and that relationship (by implication if not stated overtly) is usually with a man. The self-sacrificing mother who bravely sends her son to war; the devoted sister who pampers her brother, the obedient daughter who makes her  PARENTS  proud, as stated in the ad . Women are  fed up being boxed into traditional roles. They are angry at being told what to wear, how to behave and lead their lives.  Respect women”, we tell our sons, “for they are all someone’s mother, sister or daughter.” Aha,,,,, yes…..  But the childless woman;  and a  woman whose husband is no more or whose  father has died and has no brother to ‘protect her honour’ — well, she’s fair game, isn’t she?  This is the kind of logic we perpetuate when we glorify a woman by her relationship rather than as a person.

I wonder if all these ‘ SUCCESSFUL DAUGHTERS’  have given their permission to be on the Advertisement and if they agree

and gulpanag tweets says so,

    About the join army ‘ad’.Whether in jest or not,I have no problem with it.I owe 100% of what I am to my AF upbringing. Proud of it. @rwac48

    — Gul Panag (@GulPanag) April 14, 2013

I wonder,   if all of them are  proud of  The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act . which is to-date the single most direct instrument violating the democratic rights of the people of the North East and of Jammu and Kashmir. The Act is implemented when an area is declared ‘disturbed’ by either the central or the state government. Since 2 November 2000, she has been on hunger strike to demand that the Indian government repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA), which she blames for violence in Manipur and other parts of northeast India. Having refused food and water for more than 500 weeks, she has been called “the world’s longest hunger striker”.

What is  rationale for  keeping AFSPA ,  thinking that security persons who rape innocent women should enjoy impunity in the name of national security? For whose security was the law enacted, for that of the country or of the criminals in uniform? Whenever some change is suggested in the Act the army seems to oppose it and the civilian government buckles under its pressure. For Eg , when the Jeevan Commission appointed to inquire into the alleged rape and murder of 30-year old Manorama Devi of Imphal in Manipur arrested by the Assam Rifles suggested  AFSPA should be repealed ,the  Government did not even publish the report.

Do you all know of woman called Manorma ?  In 2004, the women of Manipur held a protest after the brutal murder of Thangjam Manorama who was taken into custody from her home by the Assam Rifles under suspicion of having links with rebels. Her bullet ridden body was found a few kilometres away from her home, bearing signs of torture. Twelve Manipuri women came out naked, holding a banner saying ‘Indian Army Rape Us’ to protest against the paramilitary forces of the Assam Rifles demanding justice and taking a stand against the many rapes of other girls. Despite the curfew imposed, the protests by the women continued as they wanted the men responsible to be punished

One of the major rape cases in the history of Kashmir and indeed whole of India is the Kunan Poshpora mass rape incident. A village in northern Kashmir’s Kupwara district, Kunan Poshpora, on February 23, 1991 witnessed incidents of alleged mass rape of 20 women by the Army troops in one night. The incident drew the attention of national and international media. However this was soon forgotten and the womenfolk of the village landed in unending troubles. Women who deserved the respect and honor of the society, were not secure anymore form the cruel face of the armed forces and since that incident, numerous other cases of rape and enforced disappearances have come to fore in the last three decades. Another case which shook the region was the 2009 Shopian rape and murder case which resulted in protests rocking the whole Valley and several families lost their loved ones in the agitation.

Some  more cases of rape and sexual assault against personnel of the Army and central forces in Kashmir:

Case against Harbhajan Singh and Gurtej Singh

May 15, 1994: Rashtriya Rifles men entered the house of a couple and took the husband to Qazigund Hospital. When he returned the next morning, his wife told him she had been gangraped. A case of rape an other charges was filed at Qazigund police station. Responding to an RTI application, the home department said it sought sanction on January 23, 2006, to prosecute the Army men and have not yet got it. In a 2009 affidavit in the high court, the defence ministry said the state was informed that both accused, Nk Harbajan Singh and Rfn Gurtej Singh, had been tried by a summary general court-martial for rape, sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for 10 years and dismissed from service. “A retrial for the same offence will be in contravention to Article 20 (2) of the Constitution,” it argued.

Case Against Major Arora

January 3, 1997: A family comprising a 60-year-old, his two daughters and a grandson were preparing to go to bed at Manzgam, Kokernag, when some soldiers allegedly broke in. They were allegedly led by Major Arora of 5 Rashtriya Rifles. “He slapped me and dragged my younger sister (then 16) into a room and raped her,” the elder daughter told The Indian Express recently. The elder daughter’s husband had joined the Hizbul Mujahideen and the local army unit would often raid her father’s house. The day of the alleged rape, the Army allegedly picked up the father, who remains untraced 15 years on. The younger sister is now married with children, the elder one said, while her own husband surrendered  to the army, divorced her and remarried.

The police registered a case of rape at Anantnag and the government sought the defence ministry’s sanction to prosecute the officer. In an affidavit in the J&K High Court on June 5, 2009, then defence secretary Ajay Tirkey said the ministry received the request in December 2006 and it is “under consideration in army headquarters/Ministry of Defence”. On January 10, 2012, the ministry, responding to an RTI query, said permission was denied on April 21, 2007. “There were a number of inconsistencies in the statements of witnesses… The lady was forced to lodge a false allegation by anti-national elements,” the MoD said.

Case against Major Aman Yadav

December 5, 1999: Army men led by Major Aman Yadav of 28 Rashtriya Rifles, along with a few counter-insurgents, raided a house at Norpora, Kitter Dhaji, in Rafiabad. The officer allegedly raped a housewife, whose husband wasn’t home, while his men allegedly robbed the house. The family later left the village.

On January 4, 2000, based on a complaint by the victim’s husband, Panzala police lodged an FIR, one of the charges being rape. In an affidavit to the high court on June 5, 2009, then defence secretary Tirkey said the ministry received the request for sanction in January 2009 and “the case is under consideration in Army headquarters/Ministry of Defence”. In response to a separate RTI query, the MoD said sanction was denied on September 23, 2010. It has argued the allegations are “baseless and framed with mala fide intentions to put army on the defensive” Intriguingly, the ministry has cited it as a case of torture leading to death. Calling the allegations “mala fide” was effectively an indictment of J&K police, for it was on the basis of the police probe’s outcome that sanction was denied. There was, however, no follow-up government action. In response to an RTI application, police said they closed the case on August 19, 2011, having declared the accused “untraced”.

Case against Captain Ravinder Singh Tewatia

February 14, 2000: Captain Ravinder Singh Tewatia and three special police officials allegedly entered a house at night in Nowgam, Banihal. Captain Tewatia and one of the SPOs allegedly raped a mother and her daughter in separate rooms. A case of rape was filed in the Banihal police station. Two chargesheets were prepared for house trespass, assault, wrongful restraint and rape, and submitted to the Banihal chief judicial magistrate’s court on April 1, 2000.According to information gathered by rights group International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice through RTI applications, the case was split between a court-martial and criminal courts (in Banihal, Ramban and Jammu). The court-martial found Tewatia guilty of rape, sentenced him to seven years of imprisonment and dismissed him from service. He challenged the findings on October 1, 2000. On December, 31, 2002, the high court set aside the court-martial’s ruling. In 2003, the defence ministry filed a letter patent appeal in the high court, where it is pending. The state government didn’t challenge the high court order.

Rape case against  BSF Personnel

April 18, 2002: Personnel of the BSF’s 58 Battalion allegedly gangraped a 17-year-old in front of her mother, relatives and neighbours, all held hostage at gunpoint in Kullar, Pahalgam. Some 15 or 16 men in a BSF patrol party, passing through their village, had been beating up the girl’s uncle and she had tried to rescue him. A medical examination confirmed rape, while then BSF inspector general (Kashmir Frontiers) G S Gill, too, conceded that BSF personnel had committed rape. The girl identified three men at a parade. The same day, a case of rape was registered at Pahalgam police station. The police say that they submitted a chargesheet before the chief judicial magistrate in Anantnag. There hasn’t been any progress since.

Case against Major Rehman Hussain

November 6, 2004: Troops of 30 RR raided the home of a horsecart driver at Badhra Payeen village in Handwara at night. The man’s younger brother said, “The officer went into my brother’s room and pushed him out.” “He dragged my daughter (then 10) into the kitchen,” the wife of the targeted man this correspondent, adding the officer left and returned after an hour. This time, the woman alleged, she was raped in the kitchen.

The police registered a rape case and the district administration ordered a magisterial inquiry. The Army invoked the AFSPA . The accused officer, Major Rehman Hussain, was tried by a general court martial, which absolved him of rape. He was, however, found “guilty of using criminal force with the intent of outraging the modesty” of the 10-year-old girl and dismissed from service. But he challenged the decision in court and returned to service.

Even the  comments by apex court few days back while hearing PILs filed by families of victims of alleged fake encounters in Manipur, are a stinging rebuke of the lack of political will on revoking laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). In this instance, the government’s response to the damning report of the SC-appointed committee set up to probe six such cases in Manipur was that it agreed that such fake encounters should not take place. But mere “taking note” will not do any more. The government must speedily act to revoke this black law from wherever it is in effect, be it the north-east or Jammu and Kashmir. Blanket immunity for security forces has led to murder, rape and other crimes. And when the legal framework vests such crimes with impunity, it vitiates the basic principles of democracy and the rule of law that are necessary for the citizens of these areas to feel part of the national mainstream.

The  Court  also sharply brought attention to another vital fact: keeping these laws, and thereby maintaining an unnatural state where the armed forces are seen as the primary representatives of government, mutates the whole political, democratic system itself.

Now after  getting a glimpse of AFSPA, what the supreme court of india says of Indian army ?

I wonder  if you  all are still proud of Indian Army

This sexist  advertisement should be immediately removed,

It will be great if  women part of the advertisement ask to do so.

best

Kamayani Bali Mahabal

Not proud of Indian Army

Not a Proud Indian

A Person  , A  Feminist and a  Human Rights Activist

April 15th, 2013

http://idrw.org/?p=20906
Indian Army team to visit China to finalise military exercise schedule
Ahead of Defence Minister A K Antony’s visit to China next month, an Army delegation would be there this month-end to finalise the dates of bilateral military exercises expected to be held later this year after a gap of over four years.

An Army delegation under a Brigadier from the Military Operations Branch will visit China in the last week of April to finalise the date for the third edition of the Hand-to-Hand exercise between the two sides, sources told PTI here.

The exercise is expected to be held in September-October time frame this year, they said.

India and China had last held the last edition of the exercise in December 2008 in Belgaum in Karnataka while the first edition was held in 2007 in Kunming province of China.

The two sides had decided to resume their military exercises during the visit of former Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie to India last September.

During the talks, Antony had also accepted the invitation to visit China. The visit is likely to see the two sides further discuss the proposal for a Border Defence Cooperation Agreement mooted by the Chinese side during the visit its Deputy Chief of General Staff last month.

The border defence cooperation agreement proposes to avoid any misunderstanding or flare up along the boundary.

After the visit to China, Antony is also scheduled to visit Australia.

The scheduled visit to Australia was postponed in February this year.

http://newindianexpress.com/nation/India-Maldives-to-join-hands-to-counter-piracy-terrorism/2013/04/16/article1546648.ece
India, Maldives to join hands to counter piracy, terrorism


India and Maldives on Monday agreed to ramp up their defence ties to meet the common threats and challenges that the region posed, including piracy and terrorism in the Indian Ocean region.

Despite the recent hiccups in the diplomatic ties of the two countries, India’s Defence Minister A K Antony conveyed to his Maldivian counterpart Colonel Mohammed Nazim that, “India stands committed to enhance the ongoing defence and security partnership with Maldives.”

During the meeting, both sides noted that defence cooperation between India and Maldives has been growing over the years, to the benefit of both sides.

“As close neighbours sharing common security concerns, there is scope to further develop the relationship in mutually agreed areas,”  Officials of the Ministry of Defence said, citing deliberations during the hour-long meeting.

Ongoing exchanges between the armed forces of both nations in areas of training, exercises and strengthening of infrastructure and capabilities were reviewed by the two ministers. “It was decided to take measures to further enhance such exchanges. Both sides also agreed that there is a need for India and Maldives to continue to work together to tackle security concerns, in the interest of peace and stability in the region,” officials said. Apart from meeting with Antony, Col Nazim also met with Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne, who is also the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee to hold talks on common security interests.

He also met the Indian Army and the Indian Navy Vice-Chiefs, and the Indian Coast Guard Director General. The Maldivian Minister is on a four-day official visit to India during which he would be visiting military establishments in various parts of the country.

The visit has come through just months after there was a war of words between New Delhi and Male over former Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed taking shelter in the Indian High Commission building in February this year following fears of his arrest ahead of the presidential elections in the atoll nation. After an intervention from New Delhi, Nasheed walked out of the Indian High Commission building after a 11-day stay, defusing the  situation that was threatening to mar relations between the two countries. In November last, Maldivian government under Nasheed’s successor Mohammed Wahid had cancelled a commercial deal with the Indian infrastructure company GMR for construction of a modern airport. India provides security cover to Maldives through aerial and maritime patrol of its territorial waters.


http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2013/04/16/150-Lessons-need-to-be-learnt-to-fight-internal-armed-conflicts-Article-.html
Lessons need to be learnt to fight internal armed conflicts
New Delhi, April 16 (ANI): The Indian Army is one of the very few armed forces in the world which has been kept on its toes since Independence, engaged in the task of defending the country against foreign aggressors as also helping the government in maintaining peace and order.

At the dawn of Independence the Indian Army had to look after refugees who came from Pakistan and prevent communal disturbances within the country. Before the country could settle down, the army had to rush to Jammu and Kashmir to defend the state, which had acceded to India, against 'raiders', who were backed by personnel from the Pakistan Army.

The cease-fire in Jammu and Kashmir, which was accepted at the end of 1949, hardly saw any peace. India had to face aggression from China in 1962, in the North East and in Ladakh in the north. Today, the India-China border continues to be sensitive.

There has been no respite insofar as the India-Pakistan border is concerned. India has had to fight three wars with Pakistan in 1965, 1971 and in 1999.

Even though the Indian Army has been deployed to aid the civil authority in various situations ever since Independence, the basic training of the Indian 'soldier' has been to fight the 'enemy' of the country. The Jawan, as the soldier is commonly referred to, generally looks for a 'dushman' while he is deployed.

Therefore, the Indian Army has been reluctant to get involved in managing 'internal disturbances'. Over the years, the Government of India has created what has been called paramilitary forces, including the Border Security Force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Central Industrial Security Force, to name a few. In addition, it has added to the strength of forces like the Central Reserve Police Force.

The Indian Army faced its first major confrontation with insurgency in Nagaland in the middle sixties. As Public Relations Officer of the Defence Ministry, based in Shillong, I had to interact with the media about the activities of the armed forces in the northeast.

I do recall a long briefing that I had from then Major General K. P.Candeth, about the Nagas and the task of the Indian Army to maintain peace in the area. He briefed me about the simplicity of the people of the area, whose loyalties were tribal in nature, but were motivated by 'foreign' forces who were interested in the area seceding from India. Those were the days when efforts were made to establish an accord with the Nagas with the help of Reverend Michael Scott.

Major General Candeth also briefed me about the task that he was facing in reorienting the Indian soldier as far as his task was concerned.

The 'insurgency' in Nagaland was only the beginning. The Mizos followed the Nagas. We have had trouble in Tripura, Manipur and Assam. The army had to deal with the situation in all northeastern states.

In the West, India had to fight internal disturbances in Punjab in the eighties. It was the first phase of proxy-war inflicted on the country by Pakistan. It was followed by 'militancy' that surfaced in Jammu and Kashmir in 1989.

The army had to assist the civil authorities both in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. While the disturbances in Punjab came to an end in the early nineties, the trouble in Kashmir is continuing.

I recall that General K. V. Krishna Rao, who was appointed the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir in 1989, was reluctant to use the army to fight the militants in the state and had conveyed it to then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He resigned as Governor when the Government changed in Delhi. However, when he was sent to the state again in 1993, the army was fully involved in fighting insurgency in the state.

Much credit should go to General B. C. Joshi, who raised the Rashtriya Rifles in the early eighties to fight insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir. He made every soldier swear by the "Ten Commandments" while performing duties in the state, to ensure that he does not treat the 'militant' as an 'enemy'.

The latest, and perhaps the most serious threat to internal security of the country is 'Left Wing Extremism'. Also known as Naxalites or Maoists, left wing extremists have been able to establish the 'red corridor' through Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Andhra, and parts of Maharashtra . They hope to 'liberate' the country through an armed rebellion.

The country has been debating for over a decade as to whether the armed forces should be used in fighting left-wing extremism. There is reluctance to deploy the armed forces to fight the Naxals. The author, Lt. Gen. (Retired) Rustom K. Nanavaty, has pointed out that, as stated in 1952 by the first Indian Commander in Chief, General K. M. Cariappa, the role of the army is to 'defend the country against external forces' aggression and help the civil and state governments in times of need'.

Different authorities have restated the role of the army, but as the author has stated, 'in substance, little has changed'.

Lt. Gen. Nanavaty has pointed out that the army must overcome the traditional reservations and inhibitions regarding its secondary role. As the last bastion of the nation's security, it has a responsibility to respond to the evolving security needs of the state and thereby ensure its continued relevance.

Lt. Gen. Nanavaty has also pointed out the need for training the army as also the Special Forces to enable them to fight left wing extremists and insurgents effectively. The government has created the Special Forces, but they have not received the training needed to fight insurgents, and consequently, have suffered heavy casualties on occasions.

It is time the army is used to train the forces if there is a reluctance to deploy the military, as the state governments is finding it difficult to 'control' the armed forces in fighting the militants. The author has also given an analysis of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which has been a subject of controversy in Jammu and Kashmir and in Manipur.

Nanavaty has underlined the need for synergizing security forces operations and intelligence, as also the use of information dissemination. He has pointed out that there is no effective coordination between the Directorate of Public Relations of the Ministry of Defence, which is the authorized information dissemination agency for the armed forces, and the Public Information Organisation of the Army, which has the task of conducting information warfare to aid the forces on the ground.

There are many lessons to be learnt if the country has to successfully deal with internal armed conflict in the country.

The basic principles, Lt. Gen. Nanavary points out are that the security forces engaged in internal armed conflict must conduct operations with restraint strictly in accordance with law.

There should be synergy in the conduct of operations, the forces should adopt a grid patter of deployment, the offensive operations should be based on intelligence and the forces must have the trust, respect and goodwill of the people.

The Department of Defence and Strategic Studies of Pune University and the Centre for Land and Warfare Studies which supported the research and the publication of the book, deserves to be complimented for persuading Lt .Gen. Rostum Nanavatty , who has had wide experience in fighting anti-national forces both in the West and the northeast to author the book (ANI)

Attn: News Editors/News Desks: Mr. I.Ramamohan Rao is a former Principal Information Officer, Government of India. He can be contacted at the following e-mail ID raoramamohan@hotmail.com.

Book Review.Internal Armed Conflict in India by Lt. Gen (Retd) Rostum K. Nanavatty.Pp 246. Pentagon Press. Rs. 595.



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