indian army



The day my father went to war

I distinctly remember that morning of late May 1999. The whole family was up earlier than usual for two reasons. One, I was going to Lucknow from Bareilly for appearing in some competitive entrance examination. And other was that my father was going to war. From Guwahati to Bareilly It…




Indian Army and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles

[This article was researched upon and published originally in 2017 on my earlier blog. So, some information is dated as DRDO has achieved important milestones with many domestic anti-tank guided missile programs.] India has selected the Israeli made 3rd generation, Fire and Forget (F&F) Spike-MR anti-tank guided missile for equipping…


On Army Chief Selection, Seniority and Merit

The elevation of Lt. General Bipin Rawat to the post of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) after superseding two other Army Commanders’ senior to him has created the quite expected controversy. There are as many arguments out there against this act of the government as there are in its favor….


Artillery Divisions in Indian Army – An Analysis-Part 2

Introduction In last post on the topic of artillery divisions in the Indian Army, I tried to spell out my understanding on the philosophy behind having artillery division and the likely equipment profile in current scenario. Another aspect of the artillery divisions in the Indian Army which has not yet…


Artillery Divisions in Indian Army – An Analysis-Part 1

Introduction The Indian Army saw advent of its first Artillery Division in the form of 40th Artillery Division, which, if I remember correctly, was raised in late 90s. Since then, Indian Army has raised two more such formations with fourth artillery division having been cleared by Cabinet Committee on Security…


Photo Essay – IA Canal Crossing Operations

Happened to come across some more images of Indian Army undertaking canal crossing operations. These are also from various exercises conducted by the IA over last couple of years. 1. T-72 entering the bridge over a canal. 2. BMP-2 crossing  the bridge over a canal. You can see the pontoon bridge…