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Lt Gen P R Shankar , PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retired)

Lt Gen P R Shankar , PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retired)

Lt Gen P R Shankar is a retired Director General of Artillery. He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy Khadakvasala, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Army War College, Mhow, Naval Post Graduate School, Monterrey and National Defence College, New Delhi. He has held many important command, staff and instructional appointments in the Army. He has vast operational experience having served in all kinds of terrain and operational situations which has confronted the Indian Army in the past four decades.

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Col A Bhagra
Col A Bhagra
3 years ago

An excellent indepth analysis of the current Chinese military threat and what the Indian polity and Armed Forces need to do.
I wonder if such articles actually are sought after and analysed by the Army especially the strategic thinktanks in ARTRAC and College of Combat, College of Air Warfare, NDC etc to evolve some new doctrines for the Army and AF to counter these emerging threats

Chitta Rohini Kumar
Chitta Rohini Kumar
3 years ago

Very well analysed.

Satish
Satish
3 years ago

Nice article sir. congratulations for the article many more to come.

Lt Gen K R Rao, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
Lt Gen K R Rao, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
3 years ago

Saddled with our preoccupation of counter insurgency operations, such an article dwelling in to the aspect of current deficiencies focussing on the Eastern borders, highlighting the issues of synergy is always refreshing. A well researched and balanced work. The author has correctly appreciated and endorsed the necessity of correct blend of all arms and inter and intra service cooperation at the higher defence planning which does appear to be getting skewed due to parochialism and empire building. Some of the representations by non flying in Air Force earlier and some in the Army in the recent past are in public… Read more »

Sandeep sharma
Sandeep sharma
3 years ago

An excellent article giving deep insight into the present structure of IA and the future essential requisites for the nation as well as defence forces

Brigadier Sunil G Gokhale (Retired)
Brig SG Gokhale VSM
3 years ago

Lt General Shankar has highlighted the “Writing on the Wall”, I hope our political leadership, bureaucracy and the three services pay heed to the analysis of the General. Our deployment on the Indo Tibetan border needs to be result oriented and not Bull Frog posturing. For starters, let us implement meaningful structural reforms of the Higher Defence Organisation which hopefully will be a catalyst for ringing in many other critical requirements, such as a enunciation of a national security strategy and modernization of our forces.

Rajat Kumar
Rajat Kumar
3 years ago

We have the third largest military in terms of numbers, fifth largest defence budget and the dubious distinction of being the worlds largest importer of military equipment. Therefore, we are a well resourced military.

Need of the hour is to enhance our military effectiveness. Appointing a CDS and creating integrated theatre commands is an idea whose time has come.

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