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New Delhi – 7 Days Itinerary

On 16 June 2010 one of India’s foremost English writers Manohar Malgonkar breathed his last at Jagalpet in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district. He was 97. With his passing away the last remaining links with the Raj are slowly wearing away.

Sanjay Gandhi. He was a man accused of being an extra constitutional authority by his opponents. He was the younger son of Indira Gandhi and was a dynamic man. Perhaps that is what unnerved the opposition. He was the first man who realized the problem of India was population growth. The Indians at the time of independence were 33 crores and by the seventies had blown to 70 crores. He was the first leader to realize that this bloated population would sound the death knell of India.

In such a scenario Field Marshal Slim’s British Indian Army Result has not got its due for facing the Japanese Army. Though pushed back through Burma the British indian army exams fought valiantly against a heartless enemy. Thus this army is often referred to as the forgotten army as it was poorly equipped and had much less resources than their counter parts in the west. Yet it fought valiantly.

He was the first and only Indian prime Minister who projected Indian power outside the shores of India. Look at the puny men who followed him like Dev Gowda, IK Gujral and Manmohan Singh, not forgetting Charan Singh and Rao (he was sentenced to a 2 year jail term for bribing MP’s) and you will realize that Rajiv deserves mention as a great Indian who projected Indian power abroad. It was during his time that the heavy guns like the Bofors came to army and IL 76 was inducted into the IAF. He saw to it that the Army got more teeth.

General Marshal sitting in USA had felt that an allied assault may not have the desired effect as Kesselring could easily escape beyond the Alps and set up a line of defense there. But Kesselring’s request to Hitler to withdraw did not have the desired result and he had no choice but to hold the Gothic line. There were heavy casualties among the allied troops who failed to breach the Gothic line. It was not for want of bravery but for some strange reason where the Italian campaign had low importance. In that case the men who die in that campaign perhaps died in vain.

The experience of the US army in deploying women in a combat role in Iraq was not a big success. In fact in the first gulf war an Iraqi attack carried away a couple of women recruits with resultant effect. In addition the Tailhook incident when 14 women naval officers were stripped and molested by US airmen cannot be wished away as an aberration. It shows the frailty of a woman as a soldier and combatant. We must not forget that an AK 47/56 or the American rifle along with a knapsack can be heavy weight for a woman to lug around. It would be wrong to expect then to match the fire power of an opposing enemy.

When I landed on the atheist networking, I was on Google, and it recorded “647,000 for atheist social network.” The majority of these sites at the top of Google’s search were nothing more than some Christians arguing with a bunch of Atheist. I couldn’t help but wonder why a Christian would do that. If your God is too weak to defend Himself, He has a problem. I do not have to defend God – nor can I possibly protect Him. My God is too big for a mere human to shield.

There are excellent Army course at Bengdubi near Baghdogra and a new course has just been commissioned at Bhatinda. The Army has certainly taken to Golf in a big way and we must thank the English for this.