USHER IN PEACE BY PREPARING FOR WAR

AUM
MODI BUDGET BOOSTS DEFENCE MORALE
By Brigadier (Retd) Chitranjan Sawant,VSM
Serving soldiers, sailors and airmen are indeed happy with the Budget presented by Arun Jetley, Finance Minister in the Modi government. The budget for the year 2014-15 is indeed a morale raiser for all concerned with the defence of Bharat. Of course, we all know that a modern war is fought not only by the Defence Forces but by the entire nation. Thus the contentment of all citizens plays an important role in raising the morale of the Nation of which the Defence Forces form an integral part. It is reliably learnt that all sections of the Indian society are satisfied with the provisions made in the budget.
MORALE RAISING FACTORS
Mind is the man. When a soldier, that includes his/her counterparts in the other two Services, feels that his comrades-in-arms who laid down their lives defending Bharat are remembered and honoured after they made the supreme sacrifice, his morale goes sky high. He knows that he won’t die unhonoured and unsung. The Nation would remember the brave dead every year on national occasions like the Republic Day Parade, the Army Day and so on. The very thought of Remembrance of the War Dead sends blood racing to the head and heart. The Morale of the man in uniform goes sky high.
The present budget has unequivocally endorsed the concept of a War Memorial to be raised in the India Gate complex in New Delhi and the basic funds have been allocated. Not only that, the BJP led NDA government is the first one since Independence to have taken concrete steps to put into effect promises made by political parties in pre-poll days. The soldier knows that here comes a government that has the welfare of soldiers at heart by putting promises into action. Psychologically speaking, the War Memorial will go a long way in reassuring the defence personnel in uniform that thei bravery, chivalry and supreme sacrifice would not go unwept, unhonoured and unsung.
Maharana Pratap and his loyal war horse, Chetak are still remembered by the common man and students recite poems commemorating their chivalry and sacrifice in school functions. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is gratefully honoured on the Shivaji Jayanti and his master strategy in defeating Adilshahi Sultan and Mughal Emperor to create a Hindavi Swaraj are recalled with great aplomb. The War memorial being built now will sung praises of valour and sacrifice of those who laid down their lives defending the motherland.
The Financial boost being given by the Modi government to both the serving soldiers and the ex-servicemen is commendable. Let us take the Ex-Servicemen, hereafter called the Veterans, and see what the budget proposes to do for them. OROP – One Rank One Pension – that has been the demand of Veterans for a long time. The former Congress led governments were generous in making promises but poor at performance. The BJP led NDA government not only promised to redress the wrong regarding OROP but also taken concrete steps to put the promise into practice. Finance Minister Arun Jetley has allocated a sum of One Thousand Crore Rupees to bridge the gaping divide between pensions of present retirees and those who retires before the cut off date. Indeed it may take some time to realize the dream of OROP but a positive step has been taken forward and there will be no going back on it.
MODERNISATION OF ARMED FORCES
There is no denying the fact that while the GUN is important in winning a battle, it is the Man behind the Gun who is more important. The Modi government is committed to modernize the Armed Forces in all respects. The training has to be in step with whatever is going on in the armed forces of USA, China, Japan, France and so on. The tactics and strategy have to be in keeping with new concepts of war. Indeed we have to retain our base of yore and remember what the Chanakya Niti of Acharya Chanakya was and continues to be relevant to the war of today. The People’s Liberation Army of China takes pride in going back to Sundzu and his treatise Art of War and its application to the concept of war today. At the same time what the western nations evolve in battle has to be commensurate with the battle situation obtaining in our Theatres of War.
Having taken care of the Man, let us take a look at the Gun that he would fire at the enemy to annihilate him. I am sorry to say that the Congress led governments paid scant attention to modernizing the weapon system and updating them for the battle to be fought today. BOFORS – that was the last gun bought more than a quarter of a century ago. Since then no gun whatsoever was bought for the Indian Army’s effective arm, Artillery. Our potential enemy across the Himalayas has a Corps of Artillery equipped with all kinds of modern missiles and guns or howitzers. What a shame for the Prime Minister and Raksha Mantri of last ten years!
Allow me to quote from the print media which says that the contract to buy M777 ultra light howitzers is in final stages. In the Army, it is said that Infantry is Queen of the battle and has to be well armed. There is a Rs 10,000 crore programme to replace entire range of small arms. It means that the personal weapon of a Jawan, an assault rifle will be lighter, more range and fire effective and infuse confidence in the front line fighting man.
Keeping in touch with the no war no peace situation on the India-China border across the Himalayas, the green signal has been given financially to raise the Seventeeth Corps, a mountain strike corps. It will indeed mean more men and more weapons. It takes about Rs 64,000 crores to raise and equip a mountain corps that should be battle ready.
Similarly budgetary provisions have been made to equip our Air Force with the French fighter jet, RAFALE and the Navy with a new line of submarines to augment the depleting underwater fighting arm. It is heartening to note that a second operational Aircraft Carrier will be with the Indian Navy, besides the prestigious INS VIKRAMADITYA, the pride of the Indian Navy.
Peace is the order of the day. To attain lasting Peace, our nation, Bharat has to be perpetually prepared for war. Those armies that sweat in peace during the training do not bleed in the shooting war with the enemy. It is the duty of every Indian citizen to be mentally, morally and physically prepared to make any sacrifice to strengthen the Armed Forces and it is the sacred duty of the Armed Forces to ensure total defence of the motherland now and forever.
Email: sawantchitranjan@yahoo.com Mob. 9811173590

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AUM. I AM 82 YEARS OLD AND BY THE GRACE OF ISHWAR AND GOOD WISHES OF LOVED ONES AM ENJOYING GOOD HEALTH. I AM A RETIRED ARMY BRIGADIER AND HAD HUNG MY SPURS MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A CENTURY AGO. I AM A MEDIA COMMENTATOR AND HAVE BEEN DOING RUNNING COMMENTARY ON THE REPUBLIC DAY PARADE AT RAJPATH NEW DELHI AND INDEPENDENCE DAY CEREMONY AT THE RED FORT FOR OVER FOUR DECADES. I AM HAPPILY MARRIED. OUR TWO DAUGHTERS AND A SON ARE WELL SETTLED IN LIFE. NOW I TRAIN THE NEW GENERATION IN THE ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING.
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