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    Anonymous

    have heard a lot of muck about bharadwaj. especially when he was goc delhi area. how in hell did he make it army commander. just goes to prove that most of the crooked ones make it to the top. i hope he’s not in the reckoning for chief? oh sorry, that’s vk singh!

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    Anonymous

    My opinion is seniority doesn’t come from the number of years but from the intellect. If he really is worth for the position then the integrity of Prakash chand is questionable other wise he has a point in resisting

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    sniperz11

    Even Patton served under Ike, his junior by quite a few notches, even by Rank.

    Thats not the issue here… the question that we should be asking is why there are so many skeletons in the Promotion closet. This isn’t a solely Army issue; its happened across services.

    But why is the Army doing it the most? Corruption and lies of this magnitude at the top levels is concerning, especially if it puts the lives of the soldiers in the hands of officers who may not be the best to preserve them or gain victory – We need more Sundarjis and Pattons, not Andersons and Fredendhalls.

    If Gen. Bhardwaj got to his present position due to exceptional talent, great! But if he was promoted inspite of ineptness, I’m scared.

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    Anonymous

    Whatever guys, but both are PCs….all said and done!!

    Not just their initials but also “Purane Chutiye”

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      MJS

      Mind your language when addressing the Army. Kindly show respect irrespective of your views.

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    Anonymous

    Once you pick up the rank of Lt Gen in General cadre you are lined up to become army commander when vacancy for the appointment occurs and you have two years of residual service.The question of selection by competence doesn’t come in at that stage- it is just the age factor. Lt Gen VKS and Lt Gen PCB (Jun 1970) were appointed Army Commanders on 01 Mar 08 as none of Lt Gens of Dec 1969 had two years residual service on the day the vacancies for the appointment occured.I think it is very fair to move out Lt Gen PCK to a post in staff where he doesn’t have to serve under any body commisioned after Dec 1969. It is just a courtesy to avoid embarrasment when you have lost out the appointment due to age factor and not competence

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    Anonymous

    Well said, sniperz11.

    Eisenhower (Lt Col) was a full 2 ranks below Patton (Brig Gen) few years before WW II. Patton not only serverd under Ike without complaining, but also served under Omkar Bradley, who was also his junior. This kind of show of open defiance is a disgrace in the Military and Lt Gen Katoch ought to be reprimanded for this.

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    left wing nut job

    Promotion should be based on competence and class rank (lineal number). Age should not automatically equal competence, intelligence and wisdom.

    The Indian military in particular and Indian society in general needs to move away from the notion of “elders know best” mentality.

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    Anonymous

    in the olden days, officers graciousyl resigned when they were superceded. Now they cling to their post with the hope they will get promoted – sad!

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    Anonymous

    I LIKE THIS COMPARISON OF COMPETENCE VIS-A-VIS LOSING A PROMOTION BECAUSE OF AGE. PCK DID NOT MAKE IT TO AN ARMY CDR AS HE DID NOT HAVE TWO YEARS TO COMMAND AN ARMY. IF PANAG CAN COMMAND AN ARMY FOR JUST 10 MONTHS BEFORE RETIREMENT AFTER HIS SHIFT, WHY CAN’T PCK DO IT FOR MORE THAN 20 MONTHS THAT HE HIS BALANCE WITH BEFORE RETIREMENT. WHY THE TWO YEARS CLAUSE AT ALL. I THINK PCK’S RESENTMENT IS JUSTIFIED.

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    Anonymous

    I have served under both officers during OP Pawan in Sri Lanka. They are both good officers. However, PCK is a more no-nonsense officer, and PCB is more of a politician.

    Regardless, the policy of residual service v/s capability is ludicrous. All promotions should be based on command capability, and I can tell you, that PCK would have been the clear choice of the two.

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    Anonymous

    You Guys are all so ignorant. I have known both these Officers for the last twenty years. There are both from the Special forces and it takes balls to do what these guys have done. They were’nt in special ops because they were required to be there – they were there because they wanted to be there – evey heard of elite units???? Anyways PCK and PCB are the smartest officers I have come across – and no matter what you think – reading things and forming oppinion is a lot easier than being there ! I wish them all the very best ALWAYS….

    Cheers
    KU

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    Anonymous

    It’s really sad that people like you post such articles n’ call in for all those crappy comments.

    Remember one thing, being an India, learn to be proud of your country. A guy who does not respect his country does nto deserve to stay in here.

    Do you also publice problems goin’ on in your family.

    It’s human nature, I don’t think anyone would be comfortable workign under his subordinate. Would you be?

    But never mind, it’s not your fault, I guess your mom dad probably did not teach you those basis attecates one needs to have. They’re the once to be blamed.

    Never mind.
    You please do it for your kids. ATlest the next gen would be okay

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    sandy

    it is sad to read comments from people who do not know these officers. they are both extr good officers infact pcb is the most decorated offr of para regt.they are best of best anywhere. i say this cos iserved under both of them in war and peace.

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