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Rabindra
Rabindra
1 year ago

Assam Rifles is synonymous to the Indian Army (IA) despite being a MHA Force. It complements and supplements the efforts of the India Army and this aspect has been very clearly brought by Brig Chatterji in this article. That they easily enmesh themselves in the active operational environment of the Army is due to the fact that they train in a system which is copybook of IA with training imparted by Training staff who are exclusively trained only in the Army training institutions across the country. Add to this is the ethos and spirit of Assam Rifles which is no… Read more »

M r pattar
M r pattar
1 year ago

A well analysed piece. Having served as a bde Cdr with 8 AR BBS and covering both info China and India Myanmar borders as well as CI in Titan changlang any changes will ruin the ethos of this wonderful organisation. Hope good sense prevails
If not then the army must stop depicting officers and let the MHA raise a cadre of offed and handle their muck

Rabindra
Rabindra
1 year ago

In addition to the points mentioned in my earlier comment , the major casualty of an inefficient AR in North East will be the peace that exists in North East India today. This peace has enabled these insurgency ridden NE states to develop and to get integrated with the rest of India. This i success story is that of AR , IA and India. In case the security situation deteriorates due to in efficiency of AR ,foreign nations inimical to India will capitalise on this situation and India and its Armed Forces will have a major task to try and… Read more »

Brig Yogesh Kapoor
Brig Yogesh Kapoor
1 year ago

Compliments to the authors for bringing up an issue that is on the throes of critical decision making by the CCS. The arguments meted perhaps clearly delineate in which basket the decision needs to fall. From the genesis of the Force to its present day organisation, the Force has grown both in numbers and in experience. In its contemporary role, it could be ascribed to stand by its motto of being the ‘Sentinels of the North East’ and for very good reasons. To them must go the credit of quelling the tribal unrest and insurgency and maintenance of law and… Read more »

Sohan Singh Negi
Sohan Singh Negi
1 year ago

Being a Para Military Force organised on military line and entirely headed and commanded by Army officers from company level to DG level The Assam Rifles shoud be kept under MoD like ICG and SFF.

Sohan Singh Negi
Sohan Singh Negi
1 year ago

Being a para military force organised on military line, headed and entirely commanded by Army officers from company level to DG level The Assam Rifles must be kept under MoD like ICG and SFF.

Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
1 year ago

All your concerns have one answer-Our NSA was an IPS.

Arjun Singh Patwal
Arjun Singh Patwal
1 year ago

The draft comment on issue of dual control of AR n tug of war between IA n MHA to get this force into their hand for all purposes written by Nitin A. Gokhale and Brig SK Chatterji (Retd) above is quite understandable but the actual need of hour in missing in this column. There is no problem as such as being discussed in above mentioned column written by both the renowned writers, but to understand the ground reality in terms of hardship of its membership; being less paid and less opportunities for rest and recoup in commensurate to their contribution… Read more »

Negi
Negi
1 year ago

I have served in AR over 39 years. Over the period of time have seen so many hardships while working in from one mountain to another with meager resources. Never complaint, but now time has come if I say over riped; ” that decision must be taken to avoid so many issues which as a solider I can’t bring to public”. People will oppose siding it to one fold bcoz their Deep interest is jeopardizing neglecting the welfare of 184 years old Force. One sided force will produce great results let it be rear area security during hot war scenario… Read more »

Aquarius
Aquarius
1 year ago

Great debate, AR must have organic operational and functional control under Army due to nature of deployment and joint training.

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