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Nitin A. Gokhale

Nitin A. Gokhale is a media entrepreneur, strategic affairs analyst and author of more than half a dozen books on military history, insurgencies and wars. One of South Asia's leading strategic analysts, Gokhale started his career in journalism in 1983. In the past 36 years, he has led teams of journalists across print, broadcast and web platforms.

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  1. saffron bandit

    Yes whilst I agree with you that some sections of the media have gone ballistic re their “ill informed/uneducated” comments on this issue I dont think you can ignore the fact that where there is smoke there must be a fire. I come from an army family and I can tell you the whole system of sahayaks/batmen is being abused left right and centre especially by star officers. Go to to any Command/Flagstaff house and you will see plenty of batmen serving drinks in the drawing room, serving food at the dining table , walking the dogs, watering the lawns ,tending to the vegetable gardens -there is no shortage of manpower- the abuse takes place mainly at the Flag rank, and to a lesser extent at the regt /battalion level. Yes maybe on the front line the buddy system works well and is needed but why in peace stations and esp at Command /Flagstaff houses. Mr Gokhale, please use your contacts and get an invitation to spend a night at a Command House and you will see what i am talking about. Jai Hind !

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