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    Mr. Ra

    I have hardly seen that a good orator is also a real good executive. I hope I am wrong this time.

    As for as the quantity and qualities of his aspirations are concerned, they may need another 50 years more to get accomplished. Hope he fulfills them within his own tenure.

    Wishing him all the best for a chain of successes.

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    Congratulations and May God bless you and India in its endeavors.

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    Blog quality heading south…

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    All prayers to give General Bikki the wisdom and courage to protect and save India in the light of the fact we have politicians who will sell us ouy at the first oppurtunity.

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    that asshole was a scum and corrupt , A UN report just came in that that bikram singh was the commander of the Indian troops on the UN mission in Congo , Indian troops sold their arms to rebels for gold and ivory , rebel leader was a frequent visitor to the army base . The UN report also alleges that Indian troops were also involved in thefts .

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    After reading all the angst against Gen Bikram Singh's appointment as the army chief, one gets the feeling that these articles are somewhat anti-sikh.
    Surely generals before Gen JJ Singh and now Gen Bikram Singh, have had greater powers that have played a role, while the Sikh officers have suffered.
    This anti sikh feeling of the sarkari establishment, specially of the Congress perhaps stemmed from the distrust the sikh princes earned because they sided with the british and tried their best to keep their lands and kingdoms from being assimilated into Sardar Patel's land reforms plan.

    Such has been the Congress's distrust of the sikhs that no sikh general could rise to the top post all these years. This inspite of the fact that the sikhs have been the single most valourious section of the Indian Army, winning almost half the PVCs ever awarded.

    There have been regional blocs in GOI in the past, which have always influenced top appointments.

    MMS is now in power, and only a historical wrong is being corrected.

    No offence meant, and Sikhs are as patriotic as any other indian, but there have been political forces which have promoted regionalism in the past, and the sikhs have suffered. What else can one expect from the bloody civilian netas except to regionalize and try and politicize even the armed forces hain ji?

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    Just a PR exercise by the army PRO. Similar to the one when our new VP joined.

    Shiv please don't fall prey to such PRO

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    Gen.Bikram Singh in his exclusive interview has said that China is not our enemy rather a competitior. Then the question arises that who is our enemy. Thousand acres of area in ladakh and arunachal are under illegal occupation of China and still they are not our enemy. Then according to him what is the definition of an enemy. If India has no enemy then there is no need to maintain a standing army.

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    jaguar tiger

    This is is in reply for that coward anonymous person who wants to take side of BIKRAM SINGH but afraid to reveal his identity,by raising "SIKH COMMUNITY" card you have shown what low level person you are, we do not respect sikh or any other religion, we respect the person, his thoughts, his karmas, and as far as i remember i respect BHAGAT SINGH. This general and X-Gen J. J Singh are a shame for Indian Army . They both have played a dirty game of communal-ism and religion politics. I am ashamed that people like Bikram Singh, J J Singh and people like you live in this country, you have just ruined the martyr of the Sikhs who gave away there lives for this mother land. AND ITS GOOD YOU PUT THAT SHAME FULL COMMENT BEING ANONYMOUS(National shame) how can Mr. SHIV allowed this comment. Mr. Shiv you are equally responsible for this.

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    the terminator

    Let us not bring in ethnicity, race, regionalism into the Armed Forces. Members of the Armed Forces do no see their colour or creed in the midst of firefight. An Indian serving the country does not see himself as representing the rajputs, jats, sikhs or any other subgroups in India. First and foremost he is an Indian and let us leave it that way.

    Only when it comes to promotions all these ramifications come to the fore and it is brought up by vested interests in the Armed Forces and the corrupted politicians who have nothing better to do.

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    Historical wrong being cleared up? Are you kidding? The sikh punjabi lobby in the Army has existed for ages and has been running things for recent years with MMS, its politicking is overt..VP Malik, NC Vij, JJ Singh, Deepak Kapoor, Bikram Singh, Dalbir Suhag…and of these one was pretty vapid (Malik), Vij was a seat warmer, less said about JJ and Deepak the better…and now, Bikram and Suhag are also embroiled in controversy…the Congo stuff is a huge blot on Bikram Singh.. and Suhag's NE sojourn is reportedly per media pretty dirty.. so the UPA or rather the Congress has finally corrupted the last institution that remained apart, the Army…this is just like 1962 all over again, with the politicians interfering with Army appointments..this is how Nehru foisted Kaul on the Army, and Menon tried to browbeat the Army..and India lost the war..its shameful

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    My greetings to being appointed to the office of the chief of army staff. Now let's get cracking shall we ?
    Hope the bar will be set only higher and not lower. Lot's of anticipation and expectations from you sir to perform.

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    @Anon 5.46 PM

    Contrary to your claim that Sikhs have been discriminated in the armed forces, actually the armed forces, particularly the Indian Army has been dominated by the Sikhs and other communities that sided with the British till this day. The Indian Army has pretty much retained it's colonial past.

    You only have to look at their numbers to know the reality. Prosperity of some states and even a country depends purely on the number of recruits from these places.

    It is due to colonial mindset of our Army's top brass that 7 regiments of Nepalese are still continuing to this day whereas Nehru wanted to disband these regiments right after India's independence considering their role in quelling India's independence movement.

    As far as Gen Bikram Singh is concerned, I am sure he has risen up purely by his own mettle and not due to blessings of any politician.

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    The Indian Army is bigger than anyone one person who leads it. Let's keep it at that.

    Different perceptions & perspectives apart, the Men in Uniform have a job to do. I wish the Insittution all the very best.

    God bless India!

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    to all and sundry,

    there is no sikh lobby in the army!..the army is purely voluntary…and those who do well do well almost invariably on the basis of their sheet grit and courage etc…

    if sikhs have done well it is because they serve voluntarily and show their mettle when they serve..instead of talking of lobby etc..we should respect the fact that sikhs are the 'steel' in the army..and the enemy knows it…

    sikh regiments (along with gurkhas, jat and a few others) are the most feared from the enemy's perspective…and there is a reason for that….lest that not be lost upon us…

    btw, sikhs serve in many 'mixed' regiments also…many serve without turbans…so most of us never get to know if they are sikh…their representation and overall % strength in the army is huge given the overall small sikh population in india…lets respect that…they serve so we can sleep in peace…

    lets honor and respect all those in the armed forces…and drop this crap about favoritism for he new army chief….there is none…its all merit…

    jai hind…


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    i wd like to join in the chorus of welcome. General Bikram singh has a formidable track record. This itself is a big boost to the nation's morale. It is heartening that the General has listed effective human resources Mgmt as a priority. Hopefully, he will introduce modern methods of management in the defence organizations. Perhaps he may like to address the issue of remoteness and inaccessibility between men in uniform and the non-military civil society.

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    i wd like to join in the chorus of welcome. General Bikram singh has a formidable track record. This itself is a big boost to the nation's morale. It is heartening that the General has listed effective human resources Mgmt as a priority. Hopefully, he will introduce modern methods of management in the defence organizations. Perhaps he may like to address the issue of remoteness and inaccessibility between men in uniform and the non-military civil society.

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    Anon 7.13 PM

    Our enemies i.e. Pakistanis and Chinese, are not "afraid" of "Sikhs, Gurkhas, Jats etc." as modern warfare is not won by boots on the ground but by formidable technology.

    Our Army was unable to recapture the hills we had lost in the initial phase of the Kargil war. It was the Israeli laser guided bombs which saved our asses.

    If you talk about valor, then the Tamils are no less formidable when it comes to military prowess. Just check out what their ragtag militia of kids and women did to our's and SriLanka's Army.

    Lobbies are there in almost every institution in South Asia let alone in India. One's caste, community, ethnicity etc. definitely have a bearing on promotions etc. This is the very reason why since independence we have "reservations".

    And in a highly corruption plagued govt institution like Indian Army, denying the reality i.e. existence of lobbies based on caste, community etc. is like burying one's head in the sand.

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    anony 9:53pm

    don't talk shit. if the tamils are so brave why dont they join the indian army in greater numbers?….what's stopping them?..same for folks from other states…..?…..its an open army..anyone can join….

    the LTTE that you referred to is not a good is a militant/insurgent/terrorist orgn…recruits join not coz they are brave..but coz they are indoctrinated into the LTTE creed…u cant compare insurgent groups with a professional army. period.

    btw, the laser guided bombs didn't capture the hills in just made it easier for the troops to capture the hills….i personally know folks in the infantry who were there in kargil…on the hills…at the end of the day it is the troops on the ground who have to win the war…..u know nothing about war……if u want an example of this just ask the yanks in afghansitan and iraq…their bombs made it easier to initially push back the enemy…but now look at them…..their troops are cowards and hence they cannot win in afghanistan and iraq since the war there is now about folks on the ground…..

    so don't write "as modern warfare is not won by boots on the ground but by formidable technology."

    it should be "modern warfare is facilitated/assisted by formidable technology…but it is still won by boots on the ground".


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    to 9:53 PM,

    Let me add:

    Yes, the LTTE massacred the Indian army in operation pawan..but that was because a) the LTTE was not 'ragtag'…they were a formidable insurgent group with better equipment (e.g. AK-47s etc. versus our obsolete SLRs)for close quarter battles – as you encounter in an insurgency type situation, b) they were masters of guerrilla warfare…our army was not really trained for it…..and c) this is most important – our army was fighting with one hand tied behind its back…i.e. we could not use our full military force, could not fire first etc..had very limited and constrained rules of engagement etc…..the same is not true of the yanks in afghanistan or in iraq..the yanks fire javelin anti-tank missiles even at a single insurgent sniper!…but still they cant win there…the same thing happened to the yanks in vietnam….and to the soviets in afghanistan……troops on the ground are required to hold and 'win' the war…technology can only help you destroy the enemy..but it cant 'win' the war. period.

    also, to cite the LTTE to indicate that becoz the LTTE exists it shows that the tamils are brave is akin to saying that because the Lakhsar exists muslims are brave…that's crap…insurgent groups take a very special type of recruit…generally those without families or loners or those who dont socialize in society etc…..then indoctrinate/brainwash them completely into laying down their lives for the insurgent cause… is a very different situation wherein a 'normal person' joins a professional army voluntarily and there is no indoctrination etc….

    yes, the LTTE was formidable…but that has nothing to do with mainstream tamil society.


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    @Anon 5.08 PM

    Getting angry are we?? Sign of desperation. They can't join bcoz the so called "Indian" Army won't recruit them. It is as "open" as uber corrupt Govt of "India", which is ruled by a select coterie of bureaucrats, politicians and businessmen belonging to a particular region of the country. It is "democracy" only for the namesake. Why is more than 80% of the country witnessing some kind of internal revolt?? Which part of the country is calm?? Those are the regions and it's people who are the real power center and the people who decides how and who runs the country and this also applies to the Indian Army.

    What is the difference between and "insurgent" group and so called "professional" army? Aren't they both fighting for a cause and for the people they represent??

    So why couldn't the "troops" capture the hills without the bombs?? After the bombs blast away every life form within a radius of few 100 meters, even a babe can capture any place.

    Ask Yanks about wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?? This is precisely what I was talking about!!! You are simply contradicting yourself. LOL!! It was easy to blast away the regular army aka "boots on the ground" of Saddam Hussain or Mullah Omar but another thing to fight the "insurgents" of Muqtada al-Sadr or that of Jalaluddin Haqqani. It was the same "insurgent" Viet Congs who made them "cowards".

    The same cowards could track and hunt down Osama thru tech. It is the same technology that helped US to win the Gulf Wars although they had vastly smaller number of "boots on the ground".

    Learn history…….stooopid XD

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    to anony @ 9:13 PM

    I think you should refrain from commenting on this blog – you clearly are someone who sits behind a desk and reads time magazine and copies punchline statements from it…without having any knowledge of weapons, or warfare….and by doing this do dishonor all those who serve in uniform.

    Where ignorance is bliss it is folly to be wise.

    enjoy your ignorant state

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    Please distinguish the Sikhs from the Punjabis. Sikhs are Punjabis, but all punjabis are not sikhs.
    Punjabis include hindus (Arya Punjabis and Sikhs)

    Punjabi lobby exists, and is well known, but sikhs have never had a lobby. And I agree with the earlier poster that sikhs have served the nation fearlessly but have not been represented at the top post.

    Distinguish the sikhs from the punjabi lobby please. It is like saying all south indians are from madras.

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    "Jaguar Tiger", the only difference between you and Anon is that his name is Anon, and yours is what it is, you are both anonymous for all we know.

    Don't shoot the messenger, learn to be a little more tolerant.
    Anon is entitled to his viewpoint. Listen and understand why he says what he says. I for one agree with what he/she has said. There is an element of truth in what has been written.


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