Indian Army Day: Road to reform?

January 15, 2010


January 15 is celebrated as India’s Army Day each year. Sixty-two years ago on this day, the first Indian officer took over as Commander–in–Chief of the army.

Lately, the Indian army has been under constant scrutiny. From modernization of equipment to the moral character of the organisation, many believe the army is facing too many problems at the same time.

In the recent past, there was a media frenzy about Chinese incursions and violation of Indian air space along the Line of Actual Control and also speculation whether the army would fight the growing left-wing extremism in its own country.

N. Manoharan, Senior Fellow, Centre for Land and Warfare studies, wrote in an article that reforms in the military sector are imperative for India to make a leap from a regional power to a leading global power. They are also vital to achieve the primary objective of securing the country from external and internal adversaries, he said.

Do you think the Indian Army has too many concerns to deal with? Is it time for the army to review the many aspects of the organisation?

The theme for Army Day this year is ‘Indian Army partners in nation building’.

Is the Indian army at a stage where it can help with nation-building? Should it have started contributing to nation building much earlier?


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I think there are many issues haunting our Army as on date.

We are a great Nation and an equally great Army. While sure such big organisation has to have flaws and bad hats, good still outnumber such cases hands down. Question that troubles is that how can such immoral characters rise to such position. One can imagine plight of those men whom they commanded and officers whom these guys judged for parameters such as integrity and loyalty. Thats where I feel they have cheated and should never be pardoned. Here stakes cannot be measured since there must have been instances when men would have given supreme sacrifice thinking that what these commanders were asking them to do was best for their country.. Army..or Regiment.

Posted by viga | Report as abusive

The writer seems ignorant in the least and misinformed in the worst.

The Indian Army has since the birth of the Indian Republic supported and done wonders as an aid to civil authority, be it earthquake, Tsunami, elections, rescued people from floods, quelled riots, build schools, bridges, infrastructure, actively pursuing reforestation, besides fighting 5 wars, the last of which continues!

Please get your facts right before you spout hackneyed and mealy mouthed text about an institution that India should be proud of more than any other. te/frmTempSimple.aspx?MnId=LTc+E78ByuI=& ParentID=W4Xw5DL5GkM= te/frmTemp9P6C.aspx?MnId=kuAowWP2J/U=&Pa rentID=W4Xw5DL5GkM=

Posted by IndiaSpin | Report as abusive

I think this question is weird. Armed forces have been at the forefront of our nation in every way and day. Any time there is work to be done which needs discipline the nation turns to them.
Also the Armed forces are the only Orgn which hands punishment to the guilty in a quick timebound manner. Case in point the Tehelka episode. the only guys who were punished were the Army officers who accepted Whiskey bottles and some female company whereas all the politicians and bureaucrats got away without any stigma.
So I find it ludicrous when Media ( one of the most corrupt and indisciplined force0 casts aspersion on the Indian Army.
Why has there been no punishment of the Media in the case of the false sex scandal run by so called teacher in Delhi MCD school?

Posted by IndianBeginner | Report as abusive

Dear one,

I think Armed forces are best in India as far as the general soldiers and officers are concerned.
The black sheeps are the Topcops who were moneyminded during service and took to arms dealing after retirement.They are known to everybody but has nexus with politicians so they malign the image of rest who just sacrifice their lives at the young age to serve country.If at all we can have people like Field Marshall Manekshaw,the others become happy to put their life for India.

Posted by arvindgupta153 | Report as abusive

a recent article on the same topic do comment on the website
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Posted by sultanofdelhi | Report as abusive