A major tragedy was averted on Sunday at Uri. Security forces were fully on guard when a bunch of fidayeens launched an attack at Uri similar to one that took place last year in which 19 soldiers were martyred.
The Uri attack was a grim reminder that security cannot be lax at anytime. A year has gone by since that horrific attack in which 19 soldiers were martyred. A group of four terrorists on September 18 infiltrated the Army Brigade headquarters in Uri near the Line of Control and carried out the attack.
It was sweet revenge that the Indian Army took when it chased and gunned down Ishfaq Padder a Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorist in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. The Armed Forces were on the look out for this terrorist who was wanted in the killing of Lt Ummer Fayaz who are mercilessly killed in May. The 22 year old brave officer had gone home on leave and some locals gave out his information which terrorists used to kill him. The officer was martyred at Shopian.
The approving of the first phase of reforms relating to the Indian Army based on the recommendations of the Lt General Shekatkar committee has been hailed as the best since India got independence. The long and short of these recommendations coming into force would mean India will have a leaner and meaner Army.
The decision by the Union Government to announce a massive restructuring of the Indian Army will provide a boost the Army’s combat potential. This exercise would see 57,000 soldiers being re-deployed in combat roles. This is a move being hailed as the first such exercise in Independent India’s military history.
When India negotiated with China on the Doklam standoff, it began on a position of strength. China went on a rhetoric, but India asserted during the back channel talks that it would talk peace, but not at the risk of compromising. While the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval opened up the first round of talks with China, a major role was played by the Indian Army which gave India an upper hand to assert its stance.
The Government decided to carry out a series of reform initiatives in the Indian Army. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said that 65 out of 99 recommendations of the Shekatkar Committee pertaining to army have been accepted. The panel was appointed to recommend measures to enhance combat capability of the armed forces.
I am wedded to my uniform was what Lt Colonel Srikant Purohit had to say after walking out of jail. The Lt Colonel who has been in jail for 9 years in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blasts case was granted bail by the Supreme Court earlier this week.
There is no proposal to scrap the Sahayak system in the Army, the Government has said. The clarification by Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre came in the Lok Sabha in response to a question.
The Indian Army faces a shortfall of 40 per cent types of ammunition to fight a 10 day long war. The compliance report of the Comptroller and Auditor General made a mention about the same and placed its findings before the Parliament on Friday.