Lt Gen A B Shivane, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
Commissioned in the 7th Light Cavalry, Lt Gen Shivane retired as DG Mechanized Forces and is presently appointed as Consultant with MoD/OFB. Gen Shivane has been General Officer Commanding of an elite Strike Corps and commanded 50 Armoured regiment during Operation Vijay and Operation Parakram, an independent armoured brigade and the elite Armoured Division. He has also served in counter insurgency operations in Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir and has been on a UN assignment. His other prestigious appointments include AQMG Mountain Division, GSO1 IS (Ops) in Kashmir, Commander Independent Armoured Brigade, BGS Strike Corps, ADG PP, GOC Armored Division and GOC Strike Corps.
A nation can only be strong if its defence against threats that challenge its national interest and sovereignty have the resilience to deter and defend.
China presents a multifaceted challenge to India “Today”. Relations with China while being managed from competition to cooperation, have all the potential to flare up to a future confrontation leading to conflict.
In military parlance, wars are fought to ensure lasting peace, and deterrence is an instrument towards the furtherance of that peace. Today's changing strategic environment remains volatile and uncertain, but deterrence remains fundamental to national security.
You light up the sky as stars so bright, You laid your life for a nation's' fight, You never blinked at those treacherous heights, Every breath in...
From AMX 13 to the amphibious PT 76 - Light Tanks never let us down. Rather they provided the cutting edge in all past wars where they were deployed. It hence belies reason why India has T-72, T-90 and Arjun tanks - but no light tank in her inventory?
It must be clear that China needs India more than India needs China, particularly in the next decade or so. India’s youthful population and growth, indicate the accumulation of the world’s largest middle class and its economic trajectory. The challenge lies in managing China both in peace and war, which requires collaborative military, economic, informational, diplomatic, and political levers.
As Sun Tzu says in the Art of War - “He who wishes to fight must first count the cost” China mustn't underestimate India - politically, diplomatically, economically, or militarily. India is number four in the world just after China in the GFP (Global Firepower Index) 2020. GFP ranking is based on each nation's potential war-making capability across the land, sea, and air fought by conventional means.
The dragon is a mythological powerful and benevolent symbol of the Chinese culture. Chinese dragon traditionally symbolizes potent and auspicious powers. Interestingly, dragons are also found in Indian mythology where Indra battled the dragon for 360 days and ultimately killed him. It was a typical “Good Prevails over Evil’, fable. It remains to be seen if and how far the traditional Indian folk-lore of taming the Dragon is relevant today?
Armoured fighting vehicles AFV’s are expected to be the largest segment of the future global armoured vehicles markets. Future Armoured vehicles would be powered by active protection systems and stealth technologies that can destroy incoming weapons, and make vehicles harder to locate, target and destroy while reducing the need for heavy armour
“Naam, Namak and Nishan” - The “Fauji” will continue to stand tall in the line of duty and never fail the nation and You. For him the sacred prayer lies in his scripture, to be a Soldier Above All. So be an Indian worth fighting for!!
It’s time to review our ‘one size fits all’ strategy. The need of the hour is to have a mix of medium and light tanks to effectively meet the emerging threats and fight the next war differently.
During the last few years 119 contracts involving Rs 1,16,523 crore have been signed with Indian vendors and 68 contracts involving Rs.1,24,291 crore have been signed with foreign vendors for procurement of aircraft, helicopters, artillery guns, missiles, radars, rockets, simulator, ammunition, and component-level repair facility for tanks.
Ashwathama was so overwhelmed with rage when he came to know that Duryodhan was seriously wounded and was about to die that he along with Kripacharya and Kritavarma attacked the Pandava camp in the middle of the night