Articles By Lt Gen NS Brar

Politics and the Military

Politics and the Military

By: Lt Gen NS Brar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Sep , 2019

History bears witness that a strong, sovereign and independent state has always been backed by a strong army, in today’s context military, yet paradoxically, the military is a threat in being...

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Creating the CDS – Not the What but the How

Creating the CDS – Not the What but the How

By: Lt Gen NS Brar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Sep , 2019

Two recent announcements by the government – creation of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) for the armed forces and merger of public sector banks – though diametrically opposite in context, have...

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CDS – A Long Way to Tipperary

CDS – A Long Way to Tipperary

By: Lt Gen NS Brar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Aug , 2019

Irish soldiers marching off to the Western Front in World War I sang It’s a long way to Tipperary, it’s a long, long way to go; a longing for home but underlying the near certainty of death or...

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Poppies and Marigolds

Poppies and Marigolds

By: Lt Gen NS Brar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Nov , 2018

The year 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War I. ‘The War to End All Wars’ or ‘The Great War For Civilisation’ did not achieve what the belligerents or its protagonists...

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When Soldiers Ask Questions

When Soldiers Ask Questions

By: Lt Gen NS Brar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Sep , 2018

The country is at war, make no mistakes about it. Many eyebrows will be raised asking ‘Where is the war?’ Von Clausewitz had many aphorisms, of which the most famous is “War is...

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The Men Who Saved Ladakh

The Men Who Saved Ladakh

By: Lt Gen NS Brar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Jun , 2018

The land is so barren and the passes so high that only the best of friends or fiercest enemies would want to visit us. – A Ladhaki saying Ladakh, the crown on India’s map, was the transit...

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Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

By: Lt Gen NS Brar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Aug , 2016

The recent attempted ‘coup’ by the Turkish military has brought back into focus the question of equation and balance between the legitimate government and its armed forces and reinforced the...

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The Naga Imbroglio and Conflict Resolution

The Naga Imbroglio and Conflict Resolution

By: Lt Gen NS Brar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Jul , 2016

The passing away of Isak Chisi Swu, co founder of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), on 28 June has brought back into focus the issue of settlement of the ‘Naga Problem’. He...

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Military Muscle and Flab

Military Muscle and Flab

By: Lt Gen NS Brar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Jul , 2016

The NDA government on assuming office and the defence minister on being appointed have repeatedly expressed the desire to curtail defence expenditure. The perception being that major savings can...

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Legacy of the Great War

Legacy of the Great War

By: Lt Gen NS Brar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Jan , 2016

The War to End All Wars or The Great War For Civilisation did not achieve what the belligerents or its protagonists had imagined. In due course it very appropriately came to be labelled as the...

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