Articles By Sumit Walia

Lt. Saurabh Kalia: The Patrol Leader

Lt. Saurabh Kalia: The Patrol Leader

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Jun , 2019

This is the story of a young officer, all of 23 years and his five brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for us. They did not get martyrdom in a best thinkable way, that is, fighting the...

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Surgical Strike Day Celebrations !!!

Surgical Strike Day Celebrations !!!

By: Sumit Walia | Date: 16 Oct , 2018

On 2nd May 2011, US Navy Seal Team 6 conducted Op Neptune’s Spear. They flew in two helicopters from Afghanistan and raided a secured safe house of Osama Bin Laden deep inside Pakistan. The...

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First Param Vir Chakra

First Param Vir Chakra

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Oct , 2018

The Independence of India came with the pain of partition and the 1947-48 Indo-Pak war. Soon after independence, Pakistan attacked Kashmir with tribals from the North West Frontier Province (NWFP)...

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Deconstructing the Rafale Ambiguity

Deconstructing the Rafale Ambiguity

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Oct , 2018

Are we really paying three times extra for each Rafale? Has a private company being favoured at the cost of a public sector enterprise? These questions have been keeping our TV screens, mobiles,...

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The President's Body Guard - A History

The President's Body Guard - A History

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Sep , 2018

This article covers the history of the President’s Body Guard. PBG is the oldest surviving mounted unit and the senior most regiment of the Indian Army. President’s Body Guard (PBG) is the...

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Pakistani Kargil Planners – How could they be so naïve !!!

Pakistani Kargil Planners – How could they be so naïve !!!

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Jul , 2018

“Sir based on the wisdom and experience of my entire professional career, I could guarantee the success of the operation“. This is what Gen Musharraf said to his PM Nawaz Sharif in a meeting...

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10 Para (SF) - Mustaffa of Desert Warfare

10 Para (SF) - Mustaffa of Desert Warfare

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Jun , 2018

‘Mussoorie main honeymoon manane walon ko pata chale ki IMA mein loha ban raha hai’ — This is one of the many punch lines that Drill Instructors of Indian Military Academy (IMA) frequently...

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Finally, we are back to square one! MMRCA competition has just been restarted!

Finally, we are back to square one! MMRCA competition has just been restarted!

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 May , 2018

In the first week of April 2018, Ministry of Defence issued an RFI (Request for Information) to fighter aircraft manufacturers including the six companies that took part in Original MMRCA...

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Yellow Boys - Skinner's Horse

Yellow Boys - Skinner's Horse

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Apr , 2018

Skinner’s Horse: – One of the most distinguished cavalry regiments of the Indian Army was raised by legendary Lt. Col. James Skinner in 1803 at Hansi. Regiment was raised as Local Horse,...

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Origin of Cavalry in Indian Army and the Silladar System

Origin of Cavalry in Indian Army and the Silladar System

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Vol 26.1 Jan-Mar 2011 | Date: 10 Apr , 2018

The story of modern cavalry of the Indian Army started in 1796 when the Honourable East India Company (HEIC) raised first of the three, European styled, native cavalry regiment in Bengal Army. At...

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Major (R) Surendra Poonia, VSM - The man behind the marathon (Soldierathon)

Major (R) Surendra Poonia, VSM - The man behind the marathon (Soldierathon)

By: Sumit Walia | Date: 28 Feb , 2018

Soldierathon – an initiative to bring a common Indian closer to his Armed Force. As explained earlier, it was a small idea suggested by President Dr Kalam and became a gigantic task for Major...

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Soldierathon: Run for Our Soldiers

Soldierathon: Run for Our Soldiers

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Jan , 2018

`Soldierathon`- the unique name &it’s posts on social media on the social media caught my attention last week. On checking, I found that it was an initiative taken by Maj (R) Surendra Poonia –...

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14-16th Dec 1971 - Inside Enemy Camp

14-16th Dec 1971 - Inside Enemy Camp

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Dec , 2017

Late night 14th December 1971, Peshawar, West Pakistan. General Yahya Khan, then President of Pakistan was giving a party in his newly constructed house. There were a few selected guests and a...

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Indo-US relationship – Watch your step

Indo-US relationship – Watch your step

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Nov , 2017

The Doklam standoff between India and China kept the Indian strategic community busy for almost three months. There were few statements form the US Congress/Senate, Trump administration & US...

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Armed Forces for Civilian Departments: Last Resort or Inevitable Trend?

Armed Forces for Civilian Departments: Last Resort or Inevitable Trend?

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Nov , 2017

Just because the Army is very capable, professional, disciplined force, which has the expertise to complete such tasks at short notice and with-in exceptionally short time lines, they should not...

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MiG-35, F-16, Gripen or Better Choice?

MiG-35, F-16, Gripen or Better Choice?

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Aug , 2017

More Rafale jets for the IAF and the IN will reduce logistics burden and increase operational cooperation. Getting the Kaveri and the Uttam fixed in next three or four years is do-able and can...

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Head hunters in Kargil – Naga Regiment

Head hunters in Kargil – Naga Regiment

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Jul , 2017

Sahab, suna hai ye sar kaat ke le jaate hai aur insan bhi kha lete hai` (Sahab, we heard that they cut off the head of their enemies and are cannibals) – This was not a terrified Pakistani...

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Who made North Korea a nuclear power? Dr A. Q. Khan?

Who made North Korea a nuclear power? Dr A. Q. Khan?

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 May , 2017

North Korea is in news again. It is threatening South Korea, the United States and the entire world with its nuclear and missile arsenal. Most in the world arenot much worried. They consider it as...

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Capt Bharat Verma – A Personal Remembrance

Capt Bharat Verma – A Personal Remembrance

By: Sumit Walia | Date: 14 Feb , 2017

Long before Prime Minister Modi gave a vision of ‘Make in India’ initiative to make India global hub of manufacturing, Capt. (R) Bharat Verma was the first person who in 2005-2006, advised...

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F-16 for India Air Force…Really?

F-16 for India Air Force…Really?

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Jan , 2017

Background In 2007, MoD (Ministry of Defence) issued a tender to purchase 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA procurement programme). Objective of this procurement was to bridge the gap...

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