With a poor economy, poor weaponry and civil unrest amongst minorities, schedule castes and Adivasis or Tribal’s the envisioned integrated theatre command of the two Generals will remain a mirage. – Simranjit Singh Mānn
The Indian Express Dated 22nd October, 2020
Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann: Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that the Army Chief General M M Naravane is looking ahead for an integrated theatre commands. It is good to look ahead. But at the present moment the Hindu states economy is very weak and has remained thus since 1947. It does not have any trustworthy defence industry. Most of its weaponry is purchased from other countries. Some is obsolete.
In the import of this weaponry great kickbacks and bribes are taken by the politicos, bureaucrats and military officers. This means that there is no patriotism across these purchasers. At present the Hindu state cannot manufacture infantry rifles, for which an order of 72,400 rifles has been placed with an US firm – SiG Saure. This state cannot manufacture high altitude uniforms and jackets for its soldiers. This is a pity as we saw the army battling Communist Chinese on high altitudes with their bare cotton uniforms. This took place in 1962. What did the Hindu state learn from this debacle? It has now ordered winter clothing from the USA though winter has already set in where the soldiers are atop peaks above 16,000 ft. above sea level.
Since the Hindu’s have never had a state in history save for the mythical and legendry state of Ayodhya, they have no vision or military history. When the enemy has trespassed the boundary, now the Hindutva leaders have woken up and ordered rifles and winter clothing from abroad. Looking back at history, only when the intruder from the north had reached Panipat, the ruling authority in Delhi woke up then.
As far as the thinking of General Naravane about integrated theatre commands is concerned, it would be best to inform the military that during World War II the Allies had only two theatres of war. One was the European theatre which included North Africa and Mid Asia. The other was the Pacific theatre.
In these two command theatres were the combined military forces of the USA, UK, Commonwealth countries and military trained forces from countries that were occupied by Nazi Germany. These Allied forces were backed by a strong defence industry, which was producing the latest weaponry of the time.
Now does THIS (Theocratic Hindu Indian State) have all such armies of the Allies and the arms manufacturing punch? At this stage the Hindu state is not managing to keep Communist China’s PLA deep into its territory in Ladakh. This Hindu state cannot manage the security of its borders. It has invited the United States, Japan and Australia to jointly show its strength in Naval exercises in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. By doing this the navies of US, Japan and Australia will keep war out of their respective sea shores. What will the Hindu state gain? Will Communist China, Russia and other countries with which these two powers have alliances form a rival block to Quad?
Countries that form theatres of integrated commands keep the enemy away from their respective sea shores. The US has the Monroe doctrine and similarly Australia and Japan by joining Quad will keep the intruders away from their respective shores. What strategic military thinking is behind the Hindu Indian states invitation for Quad Naval exercises in its own backwaters? This needs to be explained.
General Naravane has openly in the past issued a threat to Nepal when it issued a renewed and revived map of its states boundaries. In the not to far past General Bipin Rawat made a statement regarding terrorism and its nexus with Punjab. Any military personnel would know that Nepal produces the best infantrymen, the Gorkha’s and so does the Punjab – the intrepid Sikh special forces fighter.
If, which is a fact that the Hindu Indian states economy has been weak, resulting in making its military into a poor modern fighting machine, our party has doubts that the envisioned integrated theatre commands will remain a mirage.
Simranjit Singh Mānn,
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar),
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