“Weaknesses can only be overcome if you accept the strategy…If you don’t accept the strategy, then you will let your weaknesses limit you,” says the Army chief
Over the past two decades, six of eight army chiefs have been from the infantry and the other two from the artillery division.
A day after the surgical strikes, the Ministry of Defence issued a letter that dramatically reduced pensions for soldiers disabled during military service.
After the Kargil war in 1999, the brass had opposed attempts by the Sangh parivar to use the army for political purposes.
India’s close-mouthed approach is allowing Rawalpindi to save face by denying the strikes altogether, saving itself from having to explain India’s ingress into its territory.
There is disquiet within the defence ministry about the acquisition, with officials concerned about subsequent scrutiny by constitutional authorities like the Comptroller and Auditor General.