It was welcome news for those concerned with national security, especially the maritime one, that INS Vikrant 2, India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier had successfully completed its five-day sea trial or its maiden sea voyage. Built at a cost of Rs 23,000 crore, it finished sea trials ahead of its planned induction by August 2022.
Repeated attacks on the forces by Maoists have shown that counter strategies haven’t worked. Without a proper security doctrine, clear leadership and good intelligence, this war will see more bloodshed.
China’s expansion in the South China Sea has riled many nations which have come together to form groupings such as Quad and a future Indo-Pacific one. The recently concluded Malabar Exercise was also part of this strategy.
While the move to have people volunteer for a temporary period in the armed and paramilitary forces will help India have reserve personnel, it is too short a time to train them to acceptable standards.
Coordination between the US and other members of the Quad group is aimed at sending a firm message to China that its aggressive expansionism in the Indo-Pacific region Ladakh, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific is coming to an end.
India’s ill-preparedness to operate effectively in the mountains has often led to disastrous results. But a dedicated Mountain Strike Corps will be capable of evicting the Chinese from Ladakh and securing its future.
Giving women permanent commission in the Army needs to be hailed but it would be prudent not to involve them in direct armed conflict in case they are captured as PoWs. Let this not be done to please a certain lobby