Indian Army Prepared for any Escalations at the LoC says, General Bipin Rawat

In the backdrop of increasing ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control since the removal of Article 370 in the month of August the Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on December 18 said, “the situation along the Line of Control could escalate any time and the Indian Army is always ready for escalation matrix.”

Crux of the Matter
  • Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy had informed the Lok Sabha that 950 incidents of ceasefire violation along the LoC from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir were reported during August 2019 to October 2019. 
  • News sources suggest that Pakistan’s Border Action Teams (BAT) are attempting to target Indian security personnel on a regular basis along the LoC. 
  • The BAT generally comprises special forces personnel of the Pakistani Army and terrorists. Pakistan is carrying out BAT operations at an interval of 3-4 days.
  • General Rawat’s term ends on December 31 and he is likely to be appointed India’s first Chief of Defence Staff. Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane will succeed him. 
  • The situation in Jammu and Kashmir has been brought under control to a large extent and the security situation in the state is being closely monitored by the military. 

The Line of Control refers to the military control line between the Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir—a line which does not constitute a legally recognized international boundary but serves as the de facto border. Originally known as the Cease-fire Line, it was redesignated as the “Line of Control” following the Simla Agreement, which was signed on 3 July 1972. The part of the former princely state that is under Indian control is known as the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistani-controlled part is divided into Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit–Baltistan. The northernmost point of the Line of Control is known as NJ9842. More Info

Veteran Military Leaders of India Discuss the Requirement of Chief of Defence Staff

A panel discussion at the third Military Literature Festival held in Punjab talked about the need for the post of a Chief of Defence Staff in India. Considering the contemporary times, India needs a CDS and will get one in the coming days, said former Defence Secretary Shekhar Dutt.

Crux of the Matter
  • Lt Gen (Retd) Aditya Singh, Air Marshal (Retd) Manmohan Bahadur, former defence secretary Shekhar Dutt, advisor to British High Commission New Delhi Brig Gavin Thompson and Lt Gen (Retd) Sanjeev Langer were the panel members who discussed the importance and role of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in India.
  • Panel members agreed to the proposition that an apex body to assist ‘jointmanship‘ is required. CDS is aimed at providing joint military advice to the conflux of security services.
  • CDS would establish co-ordination between the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.
  • The position of the CDS would be a four-star official, who would be considered senior to the other three four-star officials of Army, Navy, and Air Force.
  • Comparing with security models of USA, France, China et al., Lt Gen (Retd) Sanjeev Langer proposed to depute armed forces permanently into the Ministry of Defence and let the CDS manage the conflux and its aspects of training, joint planning, modern warfare, budgeting, defence equipment purchases, et al.
  • A CDS will be in charge of devising warfare tactics and operational plans for Armed forces. Previously it was handled by the head of the Ministry of Defence.

Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) is a proposed position for the combined chief of the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy. It was first officially suggested in 1999 following the Kargil War through the recommendations of the Kargil Review Committee. The official call was made public by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech on 15 August 2019. It is speculated that whereas the Defense Secretary will be the main “defence” advisor, the CDS will assume the role of being the main “military” advisory, acting as the single-point military adviser to the government and Prime Minister. India is the only large democracy which does not have a single point military advisor; with all P5 countries having one. More Info