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AlanCohen,USArmyveteran
WrittenMar26,2013UpvotedbyJonDavis,SergeantofMarines.FoughtinIraq
duringOIF.Amateurmilitaryhistorian.

GlobalFirePowerranksthem4thintheword.
GlobalFirepowerMilitaryRanks
Only,theUS,RussiaandChinaareaheadofthem.

Therearesomecaveatsaboutthislist.
ItincludesanassessmentofNavalandAirstrength,soitisnotjustjudginganArmy.
Itratesyourmilitarybasedonbeingabletodefendandbeingabletogoontheoffensive.
RussiaandChinabothoutranktheUSondefense,buttheyarelessabletoprojectforce
forward.Ifweinvadethemwelose.Theyprobablycouldn'tevenstartaninvasionofthe
US.

Finally,itisanassessmentofthemilitary'sabilitytofight,nothowwellitwillactually
fight.TheAmericanexperienceinVietnamshowsthatjustbecauseyouarewayaheadof
youropponentinmaterialthatdoesn'tguaranteeavictory.

Isawanotherstudythatlookedatvariousmilitariesthroughouttheworldanditcameto
somewhatdifferentconclusion.TheUSwasnumber2,Russiabeingnumber1asatthat
timetheRussian'shadmanymoreNCO'sandmidlevelOfficerswhohadbeenincombat.
Idon'trecallwhereIndiawasonthelist,butGreatBritainandIsraelwerehigherthanks
toconstantcombat.RussiaAfghanistanandMuslimseparatistsinthesouthGreat MoreRelatedQuestions
BritainFalklandsandNorthernIreland.IsraelPLOandeveryoneelse

TheIndianArmyislarge.AsGraemeShimminpointsoutitisnowgettingfirstrate QuestionStats
militaryhardware.IknowtheyarebuyingequipmentfromtheUSandIsraelandatthis
856Followers
pointarecapableofbuildingtheirown.Thatalonewouldbesufficientformostcountries.
ButIndiahastwoproblems.Thefirstistheirnorthernneighbor.I'mnotsureiftheborder 1,565,333Views
disputeshavebeenresolved,butasbigandbadassastheIndianmilitaryappearstobemy LastAskedOct16
moneywouldbeonChinaifitcamedowntoawar.(However,Vietnamwasabletorepel 2MergedQuestions
theChinese,sowhoknows)Thesecondproblemisnonalignedstatus,duringthecoldwar
Edits
makesyouanunknownquantity,NoonehasfoughtalongsideIndianssinceWorldWar
II.NoonehasseenanymilitaryactioninvolvingIndianssinceKorea.
Wedon'tknowhowgood,badorinbetweenyouactuallyare.
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JonDavis,SergeantofMarines.FoughtinIraqduringOIF.Amateur
militaryhistorian.
WrittenMar25,2013

Inallhonesty,thewholetimethatIwasintheynevercameupinconversation.Tothe
Westmostofusdon'treallyknowwhatthenationhasdoneonalargemilitaryscaleinthe
lastcentury.ThetruthisthattheconflictsoftheWestandthoseofIndiahavenotbeen
thatintertwined.Becauseofthatthereisn'tthatmuchcommonknowledgeaboutthem
floatingaround,fewbigbattlesandfewinterestingunitswithcolorfulhistoriestogather
interest.

IsupposeittheIndianmilitaryissomewhatofanenigma.Thecountryisonthecuspof
beingasuperpower.Theyhavealengthymilitaryhistoryandauniquemilitaryculture.
Theyhaveahugepopulationandhaveexperiencedacoldwararmamenttomatch
Pakistan'seffortsfordecades.Allthistosay,theymusthaveamilitaryandprobablya
prettygoodone,butfewoftheAmericanmilitarymembersatthelowlevelseverreally
thinkaboutwhetherisagoodorbadforce.
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GraemeShimmin,amateurmilitaryhistorian.
UpdatedJan24,2015

WeneedtotakeIndiancapabilitiesmoreseriously.

WhatmanypeopleinthewestimagineIndia'sArmytobelike.

There'sageneralassumptionintheWestthattheIndianArmyis(asoneforum
contributorputit):

Athirdrateforceusing1970sSovietarmsandtactics.

Ithinkthatideaiswelloutofdate.

Personally,IregardtheIndianArmyasacompetentone,withahistorythatvergeson
greatness.

PreIndependenceFoundations

SaywhatyoulikeabouttheBritishinIndia(that'sacompletelydifferenttopic)butwe
shouldallrecognisethattheBritishhadbuilttheIndianArmyintooneofthebiggestand
bestintheworldatthetimeofindependence.Itwasusingstateoftheartequipment,
organisation,trainingandtactics,andithadjustdefeatedtheJapanese,winning30
VictoriaCrossesintheprocess.

Allthatpride,history,experienceandcompetencewaspassedontotheindependent
IndianArmy.

The1971War

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ThisisthejeweloftheIndianArmy,theblitzkriegattackonEastPakistancouldnotreally
havebeenbetteredbyanyotherarmy.

ModernIndianArmedForces

IntheoccasionalexercisewiththeUS,theIndianforcesverymuchholdtheirown,
althoughtalkofthem'beating'theUSisexaggerated.TheCopeIndiaseriesofexercisein
particularhavegiventhepatrioticIndianmuchtocheerabout,withtheUSAirForce
afterwardsadmittingitunderestimatedIndia'scapabilitiesandtactics.

Equipment

MuchoftheIndianArmy'sequipmentisnotoftheveryfrontrank,comparedtothebest
ofWesternequipment,andmostissueswiththeIndianArmydoconcernmodernisationof
itsequipment,whichisnotcomplete.

However,theexistingequipmentislikelytobeadequatetothemissionsitmayberequired
tocarryout,andthewayIndiaisbuildingitsownarmamentsindustryislikelytopay
dividendseventually.

TheFuture

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IwouldexpectthatinfuturetheIndianarmywillcontinueitsriseandattheleast
maintainitspositionasthepreeminentforceinthesubcontinent.
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NoamKaiser,Alittleover20countriesvisitedsofar,butthequalityis
whatmatters.
UpdatedSep10UpvotedbyTimHibbetts,A6E,F/A18Cpilot,OperationalLevel
ofWarPlanner

Thanksforaskingmetoanswerthisone.

IcanonlyanswerfromtheperspectiveofanIsraelimilitaryprofessionalofcourse,andI
guessthatalongsidesomeofthewonderfulanswersgivenalready,suchasthosebyJon
Davis,NigelMountford,GraemeShimminandAlanCohen,thiswilladdtoaglobal
perspectiveofhowtheIndianArmyisperceived.

Asyoucanveryclearlyseehere:
NoamKaiser'sanswertoHypotheticalScenarios:IwanttoattackIndia.How
canIdefeattheIndianArmy?
andhere:
NoamKaiser'sanswertoWhatdoIsraelisthinkofIndia?
IholdwhatbothIndiaandwhatiswidelyregardedastheworld's4thlargestandone
ofthe10mostpowerfulandadvancedmilitaryforcesintheworldwithgreat
esteem.
Andaswillbeevidentfromthisanswer,thereisaspecialallianceandcooperationbetween
myNationandIndiaonthedefensivefront.

(FormerIndianChiefofStaff,GeneralBikramSinghwiththeFormerIDFChiefofthe
GeneralStaff,GeneralBennyGantz,duringavisittoIsraelonMarch2014)

Thismilitaryiscomprisedof1.3Millionenlistedsoldiers,andanother900,000inreserves.
Enlistedmilitaryiswelltrained.
FancyuniformsandnicedrillsforYouTubeareallverynice,butwhatseparatesquality
forcesfromothersisexperiencesomethingIndianArmypersonneldonotlack.
LikeIsrael,Indiaresidesinaverycomplexsurrounding,requiringitsmilitarytobeever

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vigilantandprepared.
Ithasanimpressivetrackrecordbyanyone'sstandards,gainedover3warswith
NeighboringPakistanovertheKashmirterritories,1waragainstneighboringChina(1962),
aswellasduringseverallimitedregionalconflictserruptingfromtimetotimetothisday.

(SomeofIndia'sfinest,carryingtheIsraeliMilitaryIndustriesM21Tavorassaultrifle,
issuedtosomeIndianarmyunits,alongsidetheSovietAK47andAmericanAR15)

Reservesarewelltrainedandwellequippedtoogranted,nottotheextentIsraeliDefense
Forcesare,
butunlikeIDF,reservesdonotaccountformostoftheIndianArmy.

WhileIhavenothadthepleasureoftrainingalongsideIndiancounterparts,mypeers
whichhave,describeIndiangroundforcesofficersas"Serious,tough,verywelltrainedin
theirmilitaryprofession".

India'suniquepositioningallowsitsarmytoenjoysomeofthebestofwhatbothWestand
Easthavetooffer.
Agoodcaseinpoint(inadditiontotheaforementionedassaultrifles)isitsformidable
groundforces.

Takethearmorcorpsforexample,whichIcanespeciallyrelateto,beingpartoftheIsraeli
one:4,000tanksstrong,mainlybasedonsoviettanksrangingfromtheT90,andT72,to
improvedversionsoftheolderT55's,thecorpsalsooperatetheselfproducedArjunMBT
MK1tanknottooshabbyatall(andMK2isnowbeingmovedintoproduction).

AdrawbackoftheIndianarmyisitsAPCs(Armoredpersonnelcarrier),thoughithas
thousandsofthem,theyareofoutdatedmodels,butImustpointoutthisissomething
manymilitaryforceshaveneglectedoverthepastdecades.

(Asananecdote,Israelitselfhasthesameissueandhasrecentlydevisedasolutioninthe
formoftheNamer ,buttheIDFitselfhasn'twidelyequippeditselfwiththoseand
naturally,neitherhasIndia,whichhasn'tequippeditselfwithanyWesternmadeAPCs
yetatall)

India'sNavyisaforcetobereckonedwithtoo.

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(TheKolkataclassGuidedMissileDestroyer)

Comprisedof2aircraftcarriers,withanavyairbranchmadeofmarinecompatible,Mig
29s,1520missileboats,armedwithIsraeliIndianMRSAMmissilesandequippedwith
overathousandcruisemissiles,somecapableofcarryingnuclearwarheads,dozensof
othershipsaswellasseveralsubmarinessomeofwhichreportedtobewithnuclear
launchcapabilities,andaglobalpresence(IndianNavyharborsinmanyalliedports,
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MiraZaslove,American,whohasbeentoDelhi8timesasakid
UpdatedNov2

HaveyoueverseentheAmericanmovie300 ?

300isbasedontheBattleofThermopylae (480BC),aschronicledbytheGreek
historian,Herodotus.TheplotrevolvesaroundtheGreekKingLeonidas (Gerard
Butler ),wholeads300SpartansintobattleagainstthePersian "godKing" Xerxes
(RodrigoSantoro )andthePersianinvadingarmyofmorethan300,000soldiers.

WhenpeoplethinkoftheSpartanforces,theyoftenthinktheepicbattleof300.When
otherCountriesthinkoftheIndianArmedForces,theymayremembertheepicbattleof
Saragarhi.TheBattleofSaragarhi istheamazingbattleof21Indianmenofthe36th
SikhRegiment whoheldback10,000AfghanandOrakzai invaders.TheseIndian
fighterswerealmostsuperhumanwithatremendouswarriorethic.

(Source:BattleofSaragarhi )

ThebattletookplaceinSeptember1897intheTirah regionofNorthWestFrontier
Province (nowinPakistan ,whichthenformedpartofBritishIndia ).Theoutpostat
Saragarhiwasacriticalcommunicationsrelaypositionthatplayedacrucialroleinthe
firstlineofdefenseofIndiaagainstthetribalwarriorsofCentralAsia.

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(Source:BattleofSaragarhi )

Onthemorningof12September1897,signalmanGurmukhSinghlookedoutintothe
horizonandsawamassiveseaof10,000regimentalbattleflagsapproaching.Withalotof
heavyartillery.

From21SikhsattheBattleofSaragahri :

TheCommander,SeargantIsharSinghcalledhisgarrisontogetherforanemergency
meeting.Standingbeforehiminthetinycourtyardofthissmall,mudandstone
garrisonwastheentiredetachmentofthe36thSikhsassignedtothedefenseofthis
criticalstrategicoutpostall20menofit.Calmly,honestly,withnofearinhisvoice,
thenoncommissionedofficertoldhistroopsthattheyweremostlikelythelastandonly
bastionofdefensebetweenthatteemingthrongofbloodthirstywarriorsandtheheart
ofIndiathese21soldiersweretheonlythingevenremotelyinapositiontoslowing
downacoordinatedtacticalstrikethatwasguaranteedtotaketheBritishandIndian
defendersbysurpriseandwreakhavocacrosstheland.

Healsotoldthemthateventhoughheknewhowmuchlayatstakehere,hewasn't
abouttoorderhismentotheirdeathsinahopelessbattletheyhadnochanceof
surviving.ThemenhadachoicetomakestandhereanddefendIndiaagainstthis
invasion,holdbacktheassaultaslongaspossible,anddievaliantlyinbattle,or
abandontheirpositionandretreattothenearbyFortLockhartwhereamoresizeable
Britishforcewasstationed.Heputittoavoteamongthemen.Sincetheywereallgoing
tofight,serve,die,orfleetogether,theyneededtostandasone.

Alltwentymenvotedtostay.

TheOrakazaichargedEmperorXerxesstyle,lookingtooverrunthedefendersbyhurling
waveafterwaveoftheirownmenatthewalls.The21defenderskickeddowntheladders,
anddrovetheattackersback.

WhenadditionaltroopsreachedtheburntoutinteriorofSaragarhipositionlater,they
found21deadSikhsandsomewherebetween180and800deadtribesmen.Nearlyevery
singleSikhriflemanwascompletelyoutofammunition.Theyhadstartedwith400rounds
each.

(Source:BattleofSaragarhi )

The21defendersofSaragarhiwereslaintotheman,buttheyhadheldtheirpositionall
dayandwellintotheevening,delayingthemassiveonslaughtjustlongenoughforthe
armytoreinforcetheposition.AfterSaragarhi,theOrakazaimovedontothenearbyFort
Gulistan,butthedelayatSaragarhihadcostthemtheelementofsurprise.

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WhenthestoryoftheSikhsatSargahiriwasrecountedtoParliament,itreceiveda
standingovationfromeverymemberoftheBritishgovernment.All21Sikhsreceivedthe
IndianOrderofMerit,thehighestmilitaryawardavailable.Saragarhiwasalso
commemoratedbytheBritishArmedForcesintheUKforthefirsttimeatRoyalMilitary
AcademySandhurstinNovember2013.SaragarhiDaywasmarkedonthebattlehonour
dayon12thSeptember2014atSandhurst.

WhenotherCountriesthinkoftheIndianArmedForces,theymayreflectonanother
importantthemeofepicbattleofSaragarhi.TheIndianArmedForceshaveandwill
ferociouslydefendtheirlands.Althoughtheyarerarelyifevertheaggressor,otherNations
wouldbenaivetothinktheIndianarmywillnotfiercelyfighttothedeath.TheBattleof
Longewala andtheBattleofChamkaur arejusttwootherexamples.
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PhaniMarupaka,InIndiaUlivethewayUwant!!
WrittenApr18,2015

Here'sashortbriefonthedifferentforceswithintheIndianarmy,copiedfromaarticle
fromIndiatimes(http://m.indiatimes.com/news/ind... )

WilladdmyversionsandstoriesI'veheardoftheIndianarmyfrommygrandfatherinthe
nextedit.
"
SoonaftertheSecondWorldWar,theneedforhighlytrainedsoldierswasrealisedand
thus,theSpecialForceswereborn.WhilethankstoHollywood,mostofushappentoknow
abouttheAmericanMarines,NavySealandotherAmericanSpecialForcesare,itsa
shamewehardlyknowaboutmostofourownIndianSpecialForces.Heresalistofthe
IndianSpecialForcesthatrankamongstthebestintheworld.
1)MARCOS
MARCOSorMarineCommandosisIndiasmostlethalspecialforce.Thoughtheyare
trainedtoengageinbattleonallterrains,MARCOScommandosareexpertsinmaritime
warfare.ThephysicaltesttojoinMARCOSissogruesomethatmorethan80percentof
theapplicantsdropoutinthefirst,threedaylong,physicalfitnessandaptitudetest.
Thosewhosuccessfullycompletethetestaresubjectedtoafiveweeklongprocesscalled
thehellsweekwherecommandosareputthroughextremesleepdeprivationcoupled
withthemostdifficultphysicaltasks.Thesecommandosareevencapableoffiringwhile
lyingdown,standing,runningfullsprint,evenbackwardsandlookingintoamirror
withareactiontimeof0.27seconds.Thefinalstagesofthetrainingincludean800meter
longthighhighmudcrawlcalledthedeathcrawl,loadedwith25kgofgearwhichis
concludedwithshootingatarget25metersawaywithamanstandingnexttoit.
OldMARCOSgear.

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NewMARCOSgear.

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2)ParaCommandos

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ParacommandosisoneofthemosthighlytrainedspecialforcesoftheIndianArmy.
Becauseoftheextremelyfatalnatureoftheoperationstheyperform,theyarekeptat
optimumlevelofoperationalefficiencyandphysicalfitness,andonlythemostphysically
fit,mentallyrobust,intelligent,andhighlymotivatedsoldiersareinductedinthefleet.
Paracommandosgothroughthemostgruelingcommandotrainingregimesintheworld,
apartfromdaily20kmrunswith60kmbaggageandmantomanassaultpracticesthey
evenhavetofreefallfrombelligerentheightsofasmuchas33,500feet.Theyarealso
highlytrainedinterrainandenvironmentwarfareanddeepseadiving.Theirmostnotable
andfataloperationsincludedthe1971warwithPakistan,the1999Kargilwarandthe
infamousOperationBluestarin1984.
3)GarudCommandoForce
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Withover2000commandos,theGarudCommandoForceisaunitoftheIndianAirForce
andspecializesinAirfieldSeizure,SpecialReconnaissance,AirborneOperations,Air
Assault,SpecialOperationsCombatSearchandRescue,andcounterinsurgency.The
trainingforbeingaGarudcommandoissotoughthatitcantakeupto3yearstoqualify
asafullyoperationalGarud.Also,Garudcommandosareextremelyadeptatantihijack
andcounterinsurgencytraining,jungleandsnowsurvivaltechniques,specializedweapon
handlingandadvanceddrivingskills.
4)GhatakForce

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HimanshuRawat
UpdatedApr12,2015

LetsseewhatdoestheworldthinkabouttheIndianarmedforces

1.England

1.Gorkhas

SoimpressedweretheBritishwiththesesoldiersthattheEnglishcrowndecidedtoretain
theGurkhariflesinitsArmy.

Whilesome3,500GorkhasstillserveintheEnglishArmy.TheirstrengthinIndianarmyis
somewherearound40,000.

2.AlsothebiggestvictoryoftheBritishEmpireduringtheWW2cameinIndialargelydue
tothebraveryofthevaliantIndianstroopswhothrashedtheseeminglyinvincible
Japanesearmy(thathadoverrunallofChinaandsouthAsiabythattime)inthebattle
ofKohimaandImphal.

BritainsaysitsgreatestbattlewasfoughtinImphalandKohima

SotheBritishersknowexactlywhattheywillbepittedagainstiftheyever
encountertheIndianarmy.

2.Pakistaniarmedforces

WhilefourconsecutivelossesatthehandsofIndianarmedforcesleaves
littletoImagination.still.

ThisincidenthappenedwhenNagaRegimentwasnewlyraisedintheIndianArmyand
PakishadnocluewhatmaterialtheNagasweremadeof!

TheNagaswerealsogiventhecustomarywelcome(twomortarshellswerefiredbythe

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PakistaniarmyonIndianarmy)ontheirinduction,buttheydidnotretaliate.Then,for
thenexttwoconsecutivenights,acoupleofPakisoldierswouldcrossovertotheIndian
side,lobhandgrenadesattheNagapostandrunback.Onthethirdnight,afewNaga
soldierslaidanambushandcaught2Pakis.TheybroughtthePakisoldiersbackenough
tobehiddenfromthePakiOPsights.TheytiedthePakistoatree,litafireandperformed
atraditionalNagadance!ThentheychoppedalegoffoneofthePakisoldiersandliterally
barbecueditoverthefire.BoththePakisoldierswereletoffthenextmorning,butnot
beforetheweremadetohearthisdialoguebetweenaNagaHavildarandaSepoy:

Sepoy:"Ustaad,inkorakhtehain,bilkulchickenjaisatastehai."

Havildar:"Nahire,inkojaanedo,yehdonobahutkamjorhain.Abyahan3saalrehna
haitutensionmatle,aurbahutmotetagdemilenge."

Thisnewsspreadlikewildfire,andthePakis(BaluchRegiment)acrosstheLOCwere
thereafternottobeseeneventhroughbinoculars,tilltheNagabattalionwasreplacedby
anotherunitafter3years.

CreditforthisgoestoVikasJhaanswertoWhatshouldbeIndia'sresponsetothebrutal
decapitationandmutilationoftwoIndianArmysoldiersinMendharsector(Poonch
districtofJammuandKashmir)?

3.AmericansOpinion?

Idon'tknowwhattheiropinionwasbeforebutitsurelychangedafter2004CopeIndia
airforceexercise.

America'sF16werepittedagainstourSukhoi30.Well,theAmericansmayhavethought
thattheIndiansplaneswouldmakeupforagoodtargetpracticefortheirF15s.However
littledidtheyknowthattheIndiansarenottheIraqisorIraniansofthemiddleeast.

Afternumerousdogfights,totheamazementofeveryonetheresultwas9:1.MeansIndians
shotnineofUSAirforceplanesforeachoneoftheirs.

Now,whowouldhaveexpectedthat.

TheexercisenotonlydemonstratedthesupremacyofSukhoiovertheF15butalsothe
qualityofthepilotsflyingtheseRussianmachines.

Americanswerestunned,Theyneveranticipatedit.Theysimplydownplayedtheincident
statingthatitisjustpracticeandtheydidn'tcomefullyprepared.Preparedornot,that
surechangedtheiropinionabouttheIndianarmedforces.

CopeIndia:HowtheIAFrewrotetherulesofaircombat|Russia&IndiaReport

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AkshayR.Chikhale,Researcher&ObserverOfRigidIndianPolitics
WrittenOct31

1.

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ThisisenoughtoprovewhereIndiastandstoday.SriLanka,EgyptIndicateInterestIn
IndigenousTejasCombatAircraft OthercountrieswanttobuyMadeInIndiaaircraft.
ApartfromAircraft,IndiaisonthewaytobecomeaexporterofMissile.Variouscountries
areinterestedinourMissiletechnology.

2.Indiahasmadeaperfectsurgicalstrike

Indiawashappywiththesurgicalstrikemadebyourarmedforcesbutitwasashockfor
world.Itwasunbelievablemomentforforeignmedia,Beforesurgicalstrikealsoeveryone
waswellawareaboutourstrengthbutaftersurgicalstriketheworldsawarealpowerof
IndianArmy.Pakistankeptitselfindenielmodebutforeignmediabroughtthetruthin
frontoftheworld.

2.

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Believeitornot,notasinglecountryintheworldcanbeatourmissiletechnologywhenit
comestomissileslikeBrahmos&Agni.EvenChinahasnooptionswhenitcomestobeat
Brahmos.

4.

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WhenitcomestoIndia'sspecialcommandossuchasMARCOS&PARAunit,thenitgets
comparedwithUSNavyseal&othertopcommandosinworld.

ThisforeignwebsiteTop10BestSpecialForcesintheWorldin2016 haskeptIndia's
MARCOSaboveUSNavySeal.SoyoucanunderstandwhereIndiastandstodayasper
othercountries.

HopeImadeapoint.

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HimanshuPandey,SoftwareEngineer
WrittenApr13,2015

Recentnews:
EgyptianwomenpraisesIndianArmyforitshumanity:
AnEgyptianwomenwhowasamong960foreignnationals,haslaudedtheIndianArmy
forevacuatingherfromthestrifetorncountryYemen.
Shepostedafacebookcommentwhichwentviralonsocialmedia,whichwas:Itisbecause
ofIndianArmy,afterGOD'swill,thatIamalive.
IndiahassentawarshiptoevacuateitspeoplefromYemen,andthearmytooka
humanitariandecision,tochosetheothernationalsalso.
Shefurtherstatedthatthearmymadeussleepintheroomsinwhichtheyusetosleep.
Theyofferedusfood,juice,milk,doctor'scheckupandmedicines.GenV.KSinghhave
orderedthearmytopay5starlikeservicestothepeoplebeingevacuated.
Youcangoogletovindicatethesame.
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GauravMittal
WrittenOct23

Lastyear(2015)whenIndiaevacuatedapproximately4,000Indiannationalsfromstrife
tornYemeninoneofthemostcomplexevacuationoperations.Somerescuedliterallyfrom
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thejawsofdeath.OnthepenultimatedayofOperationRahat,Indianaircraftflewinto
wartornSana'aandflewoutwith600peopledesperatetoflyouttosafety.

IndiastunsworldwithbraveYemenrescuemission,US,France,Germany
seekhelp

SourceFirstpost

AfterMinisterofExternalAffairsSushmaSwarajhadsaidonMondaythat23countries
hadrequestedIndiaforhelptoevacuatetheirnationalsfromstrifetornYemen,MEA
spokespersonSyedAkbaruddintweetedthelistofcountriesincludingUnitedStates,
Germany,FranceandSwedenthathadaskedforhelp.

Countriesacrosstheworldarefranticallytryingtogettheircitizensoutofthecountry
becauseofthedeterioratingsituationinYemen.

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AccordingtoaCNNreport,theIndiangovernmenthastoldtheUSthatitwillhelprescue
AmericancitizensinYemen.TheUSEmbassyinSannaputoutanemergencymessage
saying,"TheIndiangovernmenthasofferedtoassistU.S.citizenswhowanttodepart
YemenforDjibouti.ThispotentiallyincludesflightsoutofSana'aandshipsfromAden.
U.S.citizenswishingtotakeadvantageofthisopportunityshouldcontactFirstSecretary
RajKopalattheIndianEmbassyinSana'a"

Themessagealsosaid,"ThenextflightsfromSana'aarescheduledtodepartearlyon
April7.TheDepartmentofStatecautionsthatU.S.citizensshouldconsidercarefullythe
risksoftravelingtoorwithinSana'aandAdeninordertoboardevacuationtransport
givensecurityconditionsinbothcities."

TheGermanambassadorMichaelSteinerthankedgovernmentofIndiaforitseffortsin
evacuatingGermannationalstrappedinYemen.

Thisclearlyshowstheamountoftrustandrespectamongothercountries.

AnotherStoryinwhichIndianArmygainshugerespectwithinotherarmies
oftheworld

AteamfromtheIndianArmy'sGorkhaRifleshaswonagoldmedalatoneofthemost
gruellingexercisesintheworld.Team2/8GorkhawasawardedagoldmedalinExercise
CambrianPatrolorganizedbytheBritishArmy.

TheCambrianPatrolisanannualinternationalmilitarypatrollingexerciseintherugged
CambrianMountainsofWales.Itisregardedasoneofthetoughesttestsmodernsoldiers
canface.

Theexerciseconsistsofa55kmcoursethatsnakesacrosstheCambrianMountains.Itisa
missionandtaskorientedexercise,whichmeanstheparticipatingteammustcomplete
tasksgiventothem.Allthismustbedonewithin48hours.Andthepatrolmustcarryits
fullpersonalkitanequipment.

Theteamsaregivenpointsbasedonthetaskstheirperformancesinseveralmilitarytasks.
Anymissingequipmentintheirkitswillbereplacedbydeadweightandtheteamwilllose
points.Theyareassessedonmilitaryskills,completionofordersanddebrief.Otherfactors
thatmaybeassessedincludedismountedclosecombatskillsobstaclecrossingdrillsfirst
aidproceduresrecognitionofaircraftvehiclesandequipmentIEDandminefield
clearancedrillspatroltechniques,prisonerofwar(PoW)handlinghelicopterdrills
mediahandlingradiocommunicationsskillsandartillerytargetindicationprocedures
amongothers.

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VikramKarve,Morethan33yearsactiveserviceasanofficerinthe
IndianNavy
WrittenFeb25,2014
Theproofofthepuddingisintheeating.
Onlyperformanceinwarwilltellustheactualcapabilityofanyarmy.
Apartfromtangibleslikemanpowerstrength,weapontechnologyetcthereareintangibles
likemoraleoftroopsandleadershipcapabilityofseniorofficers
Thiscanbetestedinawarlikesituationonly,ashistoryhasshownfromtimeimmemorial.
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SubhodeepMukherjee,Theyaretheshieldoftrust,faithandvalorwhich
protectIndiaourcountry.
WrittenMar22

TheGovernmentofIndiaisresponsibleforensuringthedefenceofIndiaandeverypart
thereof.TheSupremeCommandoftheIndianArmedForcesvestsinthePresident.The
responsibilityfornationaldefencerestswiththeCabinet.Thisisdischargedthroughthe
MinistryofDefence,whichprovidesthepolicyframeworkandwherewithaltotheArmed
Forcestodischargetheirresponsibilitiesinthecontextofthedefenceofthecountry.The
IndianArmedForcescompriseofthreedivisionsIndianArmy,IndianNavy,andthe
IndianAirForce.

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IndianArmy

TheIndiansubcontinenthadwitnessedthecohesiveconcentrationofmanyEmpiresinthe
questforcontrolofmilitarypower,andgovernanceoftheState.Astimerolledby,societal
normsfoundanethosintheworkplace,thesystemofrightsandprivileges,andservice
undertheflag.

TheIndianArmy,asweknowittodaybecameoperationalaftertheCountrygained
independencefromBritishcolonialism.TheIndianArmy'sHQislocatedinNewDelhiand
functionsundertheChiefofArmyStaff(COAS),whoisresponsibleforthecommand,
control,andadministrationasawhole.TheArmyisdividedintosixoperational
commands(fieldarmies)andonetrainingcommand,eachunderthecommandofa
LieutenantGeneral,whohasanequalstatustotheViceChiefofArmyStaff(VCOAS),
workingunderthecontrolofArmyHQinNewDelhi.

IndianNavy

ThefoundationofthemodernIndianNavywaslaidintheseventeenthcenturywhenthe
EastIndiaCompanyhadestablishedamaritimeforce,therebygraduatingintimetothe
establishmentoftheRoyalIndianNavyin1934.TheHeadquartersoftheIndianNavyis
locatedinNewDelhi,andisunderthecommandoftheChiefofthenavalstaffan
Admiral.TheIndiannavyisdeployedunderthreeareacommands,eachheadedbyaflag
officer.TheWesternNavalCommandisheadquarteredinBombayontheArabianSeathe
SouthernNavalCommandinKochi(Cochin),inKerala,alsoontheArabianSeaandthe
EasternNavalCommandinVishakhapatnam,AndhraPradesh,ontheBayofBengal.

IndianAirForce

TheIndianAirForcewasofficiallyestablishedon8thOctober1932,andon1stApril1954,
AirMarshalSubrotoMukherjee,oneofthefoundingmembersoftheAirForcetookover
asthefirstIndianChiefofAirStaff.Withthepassageoftime,theIndianAirForce
undertookmassiveupgradingofitsaircraftandequipments,andaspartoftheprocess,it
introducedmorethantwentynewtypesofaircrafts.Thelastdecadeofthetwentieth
centurysawaphenomenalchangeinthestructureoftheIndianAirForcewithinduction
ofwomenintotheAirForceforshortservicecommissions.ItwasalsoatimewhentheAir
Forceundertooksomeofthemostperilousoperationseverundertaken.

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Hopethisanswerhelpedyou.Thankyouforaskingme.

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PankajRai
WrittenSep25,2014

HavinghadtheprivilegeofhavingservedtheIndianArmyfortenyears,Ispeakfrom
experiencethatthreethingsstillmaketheIndianArmyunique:firstly,the'oldfashioned'
teachingthat'wherehonourcomesfirst'isstilltakenseriously.Theproofisthatwhen
bodybagsarecarried,theofficercasualtyisperhapsthehighestascomparedtoanyother
Armyofanyothercountry.Secondly,theonlyArmywhichhasexperienceinfightingat
inhospitableterrainssuchasSiachenwhereatheightsover20000feetthisisthehighest
battlefieldintheworld.Lastly,theArmywhichhashadthemaximumexposuretocounter
insurgencybothurbanaswellasrural.
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AkshayGunjal,ProudtobeIndian
WrittenOct11,2015

ToallthosewhothinkthatIndianarmyisinferiororitispowerfuletc,Indianarmy
everydayfacesallkindsofattacksatanytime.

InKashmirtherearemorethan0.7Msoldiersdeployedtoprotectitfromneighboring
countrieslikeChinaandPakistan.
Inthisprocesseverydayatleastonesoldieriskilledandunfortunatelynobodyknows
aboutit.Mediaignoresthisandforeigncountriesdon'tevencometoknowwhatactually
happensinKashmir.EverydayasIhaveseenfrommyowneyes,thereareattacksby
terrorists,militantsetcandIndianarmyhastobeactivetoprotectIndiafromthehandsof
brainwashedjihadislandingherefromfailedstatePakistan.
Next,Indianarmyiscontrollingthehighestbattlefieldinthewholeworldwhichisnot
knowntoanyone.Thisplaceissiachenandhundredsdieeveryyeartoprotectit.
Unfortunatelynotknowntoanyone.

SoinshortIwanttotelleveryonethatIndianarmyispowerfulandnocountrycan
competewithitafterobservingtheirdaytodayactioninsensitiveareas,theirhistory,
capabilities,strength,etc.
Indianarmyistruelyuniqueinthisworldandbusiestarmyinthewholeworldguarding
800kmLoCorlineofcontrol,longestdisputedborderinthewholeworld.

BeforetypinganythingstupidaboutIndianarmyfirstseewhattheyatedoingeveryday,
hownmanydieeverydayinservicetonation.

PleasestoppostingstupidthingsaboutIndiabeforeknowinganything.

JayHind...!
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NathanYe,Knowledgableonthingsregardingmilitariesoftheworld
UpdatedOct25

WellinChinatheIndianarmyisseenassomewhatofathirdrateforce.Thisispartly
fromtheirdefeatinthe1962waragainstChina.ThereisacommonideathatifMaohad
ordereditthearmywouldhavedrovestraighttoDelhiandonlydidn'tbecausetheywere
generous.Whilethisisnottrue,itdoesgiveyouanideaofwhattheaverageChinese
personthinksabouttheIndianarmy.

Today,manyChinesescoffatthefactthatIndiastillusesoldSovietandRussianweapons
andareunabletomaketheirown.ThisisstemmedfromthefactthatChina
manufactured(notdeveloped)weaponssinceevenbeforethecivilwar.Theydon'trealize
thatIndiaismovingquicklyinweaponstechnologyevenifithadafewhiccupsalongthe
way.

WhileIndiaisnotathreatnow,itwillbeinafewshortyears.Hopefullytheywillbeonour
side.

EDIT:agreatmanyofIndiansinthecommentsseemtothinkthatIaminsultingthe
IndianArmyandbyextensiontheirprideaswell.Iamnot.Iammerelysayingwhat
peopleinChinathink,notthatitisnecessarilytrue.Sochillout.

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NishantRavindran,Armchairfrontiersman
WrittenNov20,2014

Firstlycomesthemeaningofperception,withmanpowerofafewmillionsnoonewould
takeanarmyofthatsizeajoke.
Nextcomeshowefficientlywefightwithanarmyofthatsize.Thisismorerelatedtothe
efficacyofoursupportoperations.Schooloflogisticsbangalorehasdoubleditsintake.The
entirearmyhasbeenrestructuredtocompletemorejobsonaplatoonlevelanddecrease
responsetimetothreats.Indianbsfwhichcloselyfollowsthearmyisoneofthemost
successfulparamilitaryforcesandatsometimesusesmoregizmosthanthearmy.
Indianairforceissaidtohavereduceditsscrambletimetoabout2minutes,inlinewith
thebestwesternfleetswhilestillusingRussian/sovietairframesandengineswhichhavea
muchlessertimebeforeoverhaul.
Indiannavyimhoisthebestofallthreeforcescurrently,itactuallyrunsdeterrencepatrols
andusesmultiplemissileboatslikethetarantulclass(thisstrategywasusedexceptionally
wellintheseigeofKarachiduringthe71war)incloseconjuctionwithtopoftheline
destroyersfrigatesandcorvettesforachievingseasuperiorityinaslittletimeaspossible
Allthesechangesmentionedabovehavecomeonlyafterkargil.Thebiggestmisperception
othershaveisthatwearenitmodernized.Exerciseswithothercountriesreinforcesthat
beliefasthearmyistoldbythecommandnottousetopofthelineequipment.
Caseinpointduringoperationredflagweswitchedoffradarssatcomsandiffwhilethe
Americansstillhadit.DespitethisbeingdoneinAmericawherepilotshaddeep
knowledgeabouttheterrain,indianpilotsstilloutrankedtheirAmericancounterparts.
Lookingtothefuture,theatrecommandislikelytobesetupwhichwouldmeanc4star
capabilitieswouldbesharedbyallforces.Armywilldeployroboticsoldierstoguardthe
border(DRDODaksh)iafwilltaketotheaironourindigenouswarplanethe4.5
generationTejasandmostsignificantlynavywillhavemultipleArihantclassssgnboatsto
takeoutmoredeterrencepatrols.
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HemantBavle
WrittenApr2,2014

Iagree,Kargil,wasafailureofintelligencenotoftroops.HaveyoubeentoKargil?Doyou
knowtheterrain?

IPKFoperationswereafailureondiplomaticfront,whichresultedinlossoflivesduring
thepeaceoperations.

Tajwasn'taneasyoperationmate,youshouldknowwhatyouaretalkingabout.If
wanted,specialforcescouldhavestormedthestructure,butthenmanypeoplewouldhave
lostlivesfornoreason,andincludingmanyforeigners.Alsothestructurehaditshistorical
importance.Sotheoperationswerecarriedouttolooseless,andsaveasmuchasu
can.Thereisalotatstakeduringsuchoperations.

YesIndianforceshavestruggledinrecenttime,butitsnotlackoftrainingbutitsthelack
ofresources.
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GraemeHill
WrittenSep26,2014

WithIndiayouhavestrongmartialhistoryandaMilitarystillbasedonBritishConcepts.
Youhaveastrong,trainedOfficercoreandaNCOCadrethatknowstherejob.Promotion
onMeritmeansthebestman/womenwillbeinthejob.Allythatwithahistoryofcombat
operationsanditgivesyouanIndianMilitarywhichisprofessional,capableandnottobe
ignored.

ThecontinueduseofRegimentalSystemcannotbeignoredasthisprovidesa"home"for
soldiersandbindsthemtohistoryandtheirfellows.

Finally,anarmywhichhasalargeSikhcontingentistobetreatedwithrespect!
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KannanIyer
WrittenApr30,2015

Everyoneherehasgivenbeautifulanswerstothis.Ishalltrytoprovideacounterpoint
here.PleasenotethatIrespectIndianArmedForcesagreatdealandmyselfwantedtobe
partofitonce.meannodisrespectbutwilltrytoassesspro'sandcons.likemostthings
Indianitsmilitaryisalsoparadoxical

1)IndianArmy:Thelargestunit.Ithasamixofhighsandlows.Thehighsareas
mentionedbymanyothersahighlymotivatedexperiencedandwelltrainedforce.Indian
soldiersdon'tfleebattlefields(unlikethatofacertainneighbourofours).Wellversedin
COINandCOIToperationsaswellhighendhighintensitywarfare.

Nowthelows:Itisaverypoorlyequippedforceinmanyareas.Indiahasprobablythe
worstartilleryequipmentamongstthethetoptenworldpowers.HeckevenPakistanhasa
betterartillerycorps.Oursoldiersdonothavethebestprotectiongear.Therearen't
enoughbulletproofvestsforoursoldiers.Thenthereiscomms.andnetworkcentricgear
whichisattheheartofmodernwarfare.Indiansoldiersdon'thaveadequateequipment
onthatfronteither.Lastisanintegratedcommandstructure.Whencomparedtoother
leadingpowers(suchasUSorIsrael)westillhavealotofredtapeevenhenfighting
wars(mostlyforpoliticalreasons)

2)IndianNavy:Thepoorbrotherofthethreehasalwayshadthemostmeagerbudget
allocationhistorically(thishasstartedtochange).ThebiggestproforIndianNavyis
probablythattheyareplacedwellstategically.AlsothattheyinheritedagreatdealofDNA
fromRoyalNavy.TheNavyhasbeenknowntomakethebestuseofwhattheygot.They
devastatedKarachiin1971withsomeofthesmallestshipstheyhad.Knownforbeinga
veryefficientunit.Itisalsooneofthefewnaviesthathasanyexperienceoperatingan
aircraftcarrier.Alsothemostencouragingoftehforcesforindigenousprojects.Navyis
alsothe"visionary"forceforIndia.Thatsaidournavyisinprettybadshapetodayesp.
thesubmarinearm.Thingsarechangingthoughonthisfrontandrapidlytoo....(thanks
totheeverfriendlyChina!!))

3)IndianAirForce:Knowntobethemosttechnologicallymindedforceofthethree(asis
thecasewithanyairforce).IAFdoesn'tplaywellwiththeotherarmsoftheIndian
ArmedForces.TheywereopposedtoIndianNavyacquiringaircraftcarriers.Theywere
opposedtoIndianArmygettingattackhelicopterstoo.IAFpilotsareamongstthebestin
theworldbuttheyjustneedtoplaywithothersasateam.(ButagainIbelieveairforces
aroundtheworldprefertooperatealone).

Whatdoesallthismean?:
a)InafullscalewarIndianMilitaryisanightmareforanyopponent.Sonobodywillgo
alloutagainstIndia
b)Butmostconflictswillbelikeatypicalbarfight.Youhaveasmallwindowoftimebefore
thefightisstopped(alsoalimitedtheater)andyouhavetogetyouracttogetherinthat
window.onthatfrontIndianMilitaryisstilllaggingbehind.
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JosephWang,ChiefScientist,BitquantResearch
WrittenMay20,2013

IgetthesensethatChinatakestheIndianmilitaryextremelyseriouslywhichiswhyLi
KeqiangisvisitingIndia.Chinahasenoughproblemswithoutmakingyetonemore
enemy.ThethinkinginChinaseemstobethatChina'smajorconflictsarelikelytobe
navalwhichmakesitvitaltohavesecurelandborders.
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SandeepChatterjee,History,worldaffairsenthusiast,loveSEAsia,
maritimeprofessional
WrittenOct19
Ihaveseenthisquestionbeingaskedfromtimetotimeby(mostly)Indianswhowouldlike
tohearhowgreattheirarmedforcesare.Andhavealsoseenthatmanyveteranshave
writtenpositivereviews,whichnodoubtpleasesme,butItakeitallwithapinchofsalt,as
theyarepersonalopinionsmostly(andmayalsobetailoredforupvotes).Waspleasantly
surprisedtofindthelinkfromtheeconomistsayingthattheUSratestheIndianNavyas
NATOstandard.TheEconomistisquiteacrediblepublication,hencedecidedtoshareit
withpleasure.Youmayneedtologinastheeconomistisnotafreepublication.Itsnot
reallyananswerbutarelatedbitofinformation.Pleasegototheendofthesecond
para.CanIndiabecomeagreatpower?
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AvinashKumarSharma,ServedwithIndianArmy
WrittenNov26,2015

IndianArmedForcesgettointeractwithArmedForcesofothercountriesduringUN
missions.IndianArmyisconsideredasprofessional,disciplinedandonewhoisprepared
togoextramiletoensuremissionaccomplishment.Ilackknowledgeaboutopinionsabout
IndianNavyandAirForce.
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RohitBanerjee,6yearsofparttimedefenceanalysis.
WrittenNov21,2013

Iwilljustputitthiswayinshort

IAF'stopGunSu30MKI.ThatcountsamongtheTop4.5thgenjetsintheWorld.IAF
has170ofthem,formingthebackbone

IndianArmybesttanksArjunandT90.T90sarealreadyknownallaroundtheworld,
Indiahasabout800ofthem.Arjunontheotherhand,madetheT90lookinferiortoits
capabilitieswhentheyweretestedwitheachotherin2010.Frommyresearch,Arjunis
aroundthe7thbesttankintheWorld,T90islikethe10thbest..

Navy2AircraftCarriers,StealthFrigates,StealthDestroyers,StealthCorvettes.All21st
centurymaterial,equippedwiththeWorld'sfastestAntishipcruisemissile,BrahMos.Got
aNuclearsubmarinetoonow.

StrategicweaponsVariousmissiles,fromSRBMstoICBMstocruisemissiles,etc.

Hisory..Wars/conflictsduring1947,61,65,67,,71,84,99.Wonall,except62.Alsothe3rd
largestcountributortoUNpeacekeepingandhastroopsservingallaroundtheworld.
SomeofthebesttrainedforcesandSFseverseen.

Nowyoudothemaths
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PradeepPadmanabhan
UpdatedAug26,2015

Inbattle,Menarenotexpectedtofightlikemen,butlikeanimals,noremorsenopity.My
twocousinbrothersareservingasLt.ColonelandColonel.OneiswithArmouredCorps
andtheotherwithSikhLightInfantry.Theysaythetrainingisbrutalenough,ifdisclosed
noonewouldjoinIndianArmy.Aregimethatwouldtransformamantoameanfighting
machine.AlltheArmiesintheworldknowthis.ThatiswhytheypreferJointexercises
withIndianArmy
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SantPartapSingh,SikhPunjabiIndian
WrittenFeb22

WhysomanyIndians,whoarenotevenfromArmedforces)arerespondingtoit?

Somebodyfromothercountryrespondingtothequestionisrelevant,andRetd.orserving
IndianArmedForcespersonnelsharingtheirexperienceofhowotherssawthemisalso
relevant.

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AmithPrabhu
WrittenMar25,2013

WithnextgenerationwarfarethewordArmyseemsoverrated.Betweenautomated
drones,spaceandsatelliteprograms,nucleartechnology,covertintelligenceoperations,

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computerhackingthatcanbringdownentirenetworks,androboticsit'snotevena
competition.

Thecommonthemeonallthesetechnologiesisthattheycanbeadministerremotelywith
minimalrisktotheoperatorandcaninducemasscarnage.

Theprimaryconsiderationishowmanypeopleorhowmuchcollateraldamagearethey
willingtoacceptifandwhentheydeploy(mostlyremotely)theseautomatedweaponsof
massdestruction.

Warfarehasbeenreinvented.
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GaryGbx
WrittenSep9

WelllotofpeoplehavewrittennicethingsabouttheIndianArmedForcesanditwasnice
toreadthegoodwordsputin.Ihaveservedfor32yearsintheArmyandcangiveyoua
fairview.IwillrestrictmyselftotheArmymainly.Iwillnotgivecomparisons,itshardto
givethatbecauseofthehumanelementinvolved.Firstlywestandasoneofthelargest
standingarmiesintheworld.Wedonthaveconscription.TheInfantryisconsideredthe
basicfightingarmoftheArmyandisthelargestArm.Theterraindictatesthat.Wehave
morethan5000kmsofmountainousterraintocontendwithanditisallhostilemeaning
wefacetheenemythere.ThebasicrecruitmentoftheArmyisfromthepeasantryofIndia
i.e.peoplearefromahardystockgiventoleadingaroughlife.OurInfantryRegiments
andthoseoftheArmouredCorpsortheCorpsofArtilleryarebasedmainlyonaclass
compositionIamsayinginmostcases.Thatmeansyouhaveaparticularclassofpeople
recruitedintothatBattalionorRegiment.TogiveyouanexamplemyBattalionwhichwas
aParachuteBattalionhad25%Dogras25%Gharwalis25%Gorkhasand25%South
IndianClasses.Therehasbeensomecriticismofthissystemanditbeingcalledparochial.
ButthetruebenefitsarethatthereistheClanhonourthatisupheldandthereismore
camaraderieamongsttroops.Livinginisolatedplacestheyarecomfortablewiththeirclans
menarounditsuredoeshelpwhenyouarewithyourownkindandsomeofthemare
relatedtoeachother.Izzat(honour)oftheclanhastobeupheld.Indiaisadiverse
geographicalentitythereforeourtroopsaretrainedtofightinallkindsofterrain.Our
officerclassisahighlymotivatedclasstheyareselectedafterdeepselectionandtrained
well.ThetrainingintheMilitaryAcademy'sisroughandtoughitscalledtheMakingOf
Men(outofboys).TheyoungleadershipiswellmotivatedandaDieHardbunchof
guysIwouldconsiderthemthebestintheworld.KargilOperationsprovedwhatour
youngofficersarecapableofdoing.AnIndianOfficerisahighlytrainedfightingmachine.
ThisistheonlyarmywhereletstakethecaseofanInfantryOfficerheistrainedonevery
weaponintheInfantryBattalion.Heisanexpertonsmallarms,rocketlaunchers,Anti
TankMissilesandMortars.ThesameisapplicabletootherArmsliketheArmouredCorps
andtheArtillery.Wearealsooneofthebesttrainedforcesinfightingcounterinsurgency.
MountainWarfareisourforte.OurArmouredandMechanisedforcesareverywelltrained
anddrilledintheconceptofIntegratedMobileWarfarefortakingthebattledeepinto
enemyterritory.OurAirborneandSpecialForceshaveoneofthebestguysyoucanfind.
Themostdedicatedandspiritedbunchoffellowstocontendwith.Toughandwelltrained.
LifeintheIndiaArmyisnotaneasyonebutthedayiscarriedwithasmile.ThankYou!
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SingpuGolmei
WrittenFeb6,2014

IcantreallysaythatIndianarmyisthebestintheworldafterUS,russiaandChina.There
aremanythingstheyneedtodevelop.WehaveMigjetsbutimportedfromRussia,Radars
fromIsreal,shipsfromRussiaandUS,andsoon.Trainingitselfisnotuptothelevelof
manyothercountries.Specialopsinstitutionsareneededtobeefuptheirtraining
techniquesandexposedtomanydiferentenvironmentandterrains.Yes,wehavethe
highestbattlegroundintheworld.Yet,wearebeingintrudedbychinesearmy,pakarmy
andterrorist.Weneedtocheckthatfaulty.Mumbaiterroristfromtheseasideissmthing
toblookedinto.Inthenortheast,wehavemanythickjungles.Indianarmyneedhigh
techgadgetstolocateterroristhidinginthejungles.
Wellmanyaretobedone,yetourIndianarmyhavedonealltheycouldinspiteofmany
shortcomings.I,now,onlywishthemtodobetterinthefuture,withmoreconcernforthe
citizensofIndiaanditswomen.JaiHind!
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Anonymous
WrittenOct5,2014
I'manavidreaderofdefensejournalsandthisiswhatI'vegatheredabouttheperception
ofIndianarmybydefenseanalysts:

1.Itranksamongthetop10armiesoftheworldifyoudisregardnuclearweapons.

2.ItrisestoTop5ifyoufactorinpossessionofnuclearweapons.

3.It'sconventionalwarcapabilityislimitedduetoitsoutmodedweaponry.

4.Thesizeofthearmyisinfactineffectualinanybattlebecauseofthesheerlandmass
anddomesticinsurgenciesthatithastobattleindifferentpartsofthecountry.

5.Itdoeshoweverpossesstheabilitytoprotectitsterritorybyandlarge.

6.Althoughit'shighlyunlikely,theChinesecanencroachuponIndianterritoryinthe
northgivengeographyandtherelativelysmallIndiandeploymentthere.

7.Onaninternationallevel,Indianarmydoesn'thavethecapacityforreadydeployment
orbattle.Hence,it'slimitedinthatrole.

8.ItdoesnthaveintelligenceormilitaryassetsbeyondSouthAsia.

9.Itsinfluenceinitsownregionisseverelycircumventedbyarelativelysmallerbutquite
capablePakistanarmy.

10.Strategyandplanningisnotoneofthestrongstraitsofitsleadership.
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Kulbhushan
WrittenMay25
IndianArmedforcesaresimplythebestinworldhoweverweaponstheyareusingusually
aslightweaponsneedstobemoresufiscatedandadvanced.MayAlmightyblessthe
IndianArmy.InthehandsofIndianArmyIndiansaremostsafeandsecure.

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HemendraYadav
WrittenAug21
Weshouldntcareabouthowweareregarded.Weshouldknowourcapabilities,weare
thebestandwillstrivetobecomebetter.
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KaziSarwar
WrittenSep23,2014
IthinkIndianArmedforceisverycapableandtheyarefastmodernizing.
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JaiParkashNarain
WrittenJul14,2015
Indianarmyisthebestfightingforceoftheworldtoday.
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AmanGrewal

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WrittenJan20,2015
Goodquestion.

WealsobroughtAdmiralGorishkovthatwasdecommissionedbyRussiaafterRussia
mendedthemesscausedbytheboilerroomexplosion.Theylateroffereditforsaleandit
wasbroughtbyIndia!
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JaiChaturvedi,Student
WrittenMay7,2014
Wellthemoviesindiansmakeshowstheminferior.Ijustsawanamericanmovieand
indianmovielockargilonkargilwarthegunsusedinthatmoviewereusedbyconfederate
andnewyorkersinamericancivilwar.butinrealtheyareoneofthebest.Whyisrealitis
notevenintop10ongfp.
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TonyLee,Youwillalwaysneedtolearn
WrittenOct22,2014
Quiteambitious,butsometimestooambitious.
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GwydionMadawcWilliams,Alotofbackgroundreading
WrittenMar24,2013
Wellbehaved,ithasrespectedtheelectoralsystem.

Midrankingintermsofmilitaryefficiency.ItlosttoChinaandhadnodecisiveadvantage
overPakistan,apartfromestablishingBangladesh.
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ChetanPatil
WrittenMay7,2014
assaidbyoneofIndiansoldiersitself
'IndianArmywasPowerful,Nowitsoutdated"Sadbuttrue.
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FridaSchiess,alwayscuriousaboutstuff
WrittenMay3,2015
AllIknewaboutthemisthattheyusetoattackPakistan.andChina.Inevereverheard
anythingelse.
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AnandShankar
WrittenDec12,2014
LetuscompareIndianarmywithbestintheworld.Iamhundredpercentsurethat
IndiangroundforcesaremuchsuperiorthanthatofUS.Peoplefromwesterncountries
maytakeitas"exaggeration",butitisafact.Indianarmyisfarfarmoreexperincedthan
USarmy.CompareUSarmy'sperformanceinAfghanistanwarwithIndianarmy's
performanceinKargilwarandyouwillknowwhoisabetterforce.Indianarmyistheonly
armyintheworldthatwonabattleinsuchadifficultgeographicalcondition.

WeknowthatUSarmy,navyandairforceuselatesttechnology.Butweshouldnotforget
thatIndiausesadvancedRussianweaponswarships,fighterplanesandtanks.Sukhoi
30andMig27fighterplanes,T90andArjuntanks,andwarshipslikeINSVikramaditya
andINSVirataareamongthebestintheworld.IndiatoohaspowerfulmissileslikeAgniv
andBrahmos.So,itisalmostimpossibleevenforUStodefeatIndia.
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Anonymous
WrittenAug29,2014
Don'treallythinkaboutitmuch.
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ManiKandan
WrittenJan22,2014
indiaispowerfullarmyintheworld
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PartiushSharma,Politics&Sportsaremytwolovessincechildhood,ThoughIendedup
doingB...
UpdatedApr14,2015

Whenthisword"IndianArmedForces"comesmyminditgivesmegoosebumps!myown
unclewentintoKargilWar,Iknowhowdoesitfeelswhensomeoneveryclosetoyougoes
intobattlefield!!andIhaveutmostrespectforourArmedForcesfromCISFtoBSF&from
ArmytoNavy!andnowcomingtohowwellitisregardedbyothercountriesthenI'llwrite
aboutwhathappenedtoday,everyoneknowhowbravelyourNavyworkedtogetour
citizensoutofYemenandthisiswhatwegotinresponse

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Thistweettellusthewholestory!howwellregardedareourArmedForces,UStoGermany
allareseekingourassistance.I'msoproudtodaythatI'mIndianandwehavethe
BravestForcesintheWorld.
FromthebattlefieldofKashmir(1947)toKargil&fromBattleofLongewala(1971)to
FreeingtheBangladesh.Wearethebest!

PS:Respect&Proud.JaiHind,VandeMataram

Somepeoplecalledthislistfake,sothisisforthem:
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HansiMittermeier,MScPsychologyPleasehelpmetoimprovemyEnglish:)
UpdatedAug27,2015
Therearealreadyalotofanswerswhichreflectmyopiniontoo,thereforeIonlywantto
addonestorywhichshowsparexcellencehowIndiansoldieraremostlyseeninmy
country.Beforethatjusttorememberr:Indiaisaclear#4inTheRankingofMost
PowerfulMilitariesInTheWorld inawarw/onuclearweaponeven#3.

Thestory:
BishnuShrestha aretiredGurkhasoldierfromtheIndianarmy,heldoffahordeof40
(!)robbersandsavedayounggirlfromraping(yeshealoneyes40ofthem).

Thebandofabout40robbers,someofwhomweretravellingaspassengers,stopped
thetrainintheChittaranjanjunglesinWestBengalaroundmidnight.Shresthawho
hadboardedthetrainatRanchiinJharkhand,theplaceofhispostingwasinseatno.
47incoachAC3.
Theystartedsnatchingjewelry,cellphones,cash,laptopsandotherbelongingsfrom
thepassengers,Shrestharecalled.Thesoldierhadsomehowremainedasilentspectator
amidstthemelee,butnotforlong.Hehadhadenoughwhentherobbersstrippedan
18yearoldgirlsittingnexttohimandtriedtorapeherrightinfrontofherparents.He
thentookouthiskhukuriandtookontherobbers.
Thegirlcriedforhelp,sayingYouareasoldier,pleasesaveasister,Shrestha
recalled.Ipreventedherfrombeingraped,thinkingofherasmyownsister,he
added.Hetookoneoftherobbersundercontrolandthenstartedtoattacktheothers.
Hesaidtherestoftherobbersfledafterhekilledthreeofthemwithhiskhukuriand
injuredeightothersFightingtheenemyinbattleismydutyasasoldiertakingonthe
dacoitsinthetrainwasmydutyasahumanbeing,saidtheIndianarmynayak.
Essentially,onemantookon40armedthieveswithonlyakhukuri.

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BishnuShresthainhospital

byGorkhaSoldierSavesGirlfromRapeandTakeson40TrainRobberswithOnlya
Khukuri
Picture:ProfileinManliness:BishnuShrestha andBadassoftheWeek:Bishnu
Shrestha
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Anonymous
UpdatedMar29,2013
Letmedisclosemybiasrightatthestart.IamanIndianandIhavebeencloselyfollowing
theIndianandotherwellknownArmiesoftheworldforsometime.Myanswerisbased
onfactsandabitofmyownunderstanding.

Now,IwouldassumetheIndianmilitarytobevirtuallyunknowntothewestfolksbecause
we'renotapartofNATOandhaveneverbeenintheirconflicts.Sothisanswerisintended
mostlytobeanewinformationsourceforthem.Iwilltalkaboutallthearmedforces,not
justthearmy.
Soifyoulookatallaspects,theIndianArmy WILLeventuallydefeatanyotherArmyin
theworldinaconventionalwar,barringtheUS,RussiaandChina.GlobalFirepower
seemstoagreewithme.India'sisthethirdlargeststandingarmy(withoutconsidering
paramilitaryandreserves)intheworldafterUS&Chinaandiscapableofproducing10:1
ratiosagainstanyopposition.Thatinitselfwouldbeabigadvantageinanywar.Our
soldiersarealsobattlehardenedfromtheircontinuouscounterinsurgencyandcounter
terrorismoperationsinmosthostileterrainsofKashmirandnortheastIndia.Oursoldiers
areconsideredamongtheverybestinhighaltitudeandmountainwarfare.TheIndian
army'sHighAltitudeWarfareSchool isoneofthemostelitemilitarytrainingcentersin
theworldandisfrequentedbyUS,UK&Russianarmies.USspecialforcestrainedat
HAWSbeforetheirdeploymentduringtheinvasionofAfghanistan.IndianArmyalso
controlsthehighestbattlegroundintheworld.Itdeploysaround3000troopsroundthe
yearinSiachen attheedgeofaglacierinsubhumanconditionsandholdsaperfect
recordinallconflictsinthatregion.Indianarmyisalsoconsideredamongthebestin
JunglewarfareanditsCounterinsurgencyandJungleWarfareSchool isoftenvisited
byUS,UK,Russian,Israelforces.Individually,Indiansoldiersmakeuponeofthebest
trainedandconditionedforcesintheworld.
TalkingaboutthewarsthatIndianarmyhasfoughtovertheyears,itfacedahumiliating
defeatatthehandsofPLAofChinain1962.Butthatwasbecauseofthehorrendous
mistakesofourthenPManddefenseminister.Theyforcedthearmytomakestupid
aggressioninlandsclaimedbyChinadespiterepeatedwarningsbytheArmytopbrass
abouttheirsheerunpreparednessandlackofadequateweaponsystemsforaconflictwith
amoremodernforceofthedragon.Moreover,insteadofgivingoperationalcontroltothe
Armytopbrass,theytriedtomicromanagethesituationfromtheircozyhomesinNew
Delhiandalsorefusedtoprovideairsupportrequestedbyourtroops.AndyetIndian
soldiersmadealastingimpressionontheChinesearmy.LateratopChinesegeneralsaid
thatcourageanddeterminationweretheonlythingsthattheIndiansoldiersdidn'tlackin
thatwar.Exceptthisonewar,theIndianarmyhasneverfacedadefeatinanykindof
conflict.Inthelastconventionalwarthatitfoughtbackin1971,itengageditsopponent
(Pakistan)ontwofronts(WestandEast).TheIndianarmywassobrutallyeffectivethat
wemanagedtoliberateanentirecountry(Bangladesh)in13daysflatandinstalleda
civiliananddemocraticsystemofgovernance(whichworkstothisdate)thereintheleast
possibletime.ComparethiswiththeperformanceofUSforcesinIraqandAfghanistan.
Morethan90000(highestfigureinthehistoryofmilitarywarfareafterWWII)Pakistani
soldierssurrenderedbeforetheIndianarmyattheendofoneoftheshortestfullscale
warsever.Thenagainin1999,whenPakistanonceagainmadelargescaleaggressionand
intrusionsinKargil(Kashmirarea),Indianarmyemergedthewinnerfromamonthslong
conflictinwhichitwasinsuchaseverelydisadvantagedposition,thatPakistansaw
absolutelynohopeofIndiaregainingthecontroloftheirlostterritories.Mindyouitwas
notawaragainstterrorists,butagainstawelltrainedregularArmyholdingextremely
advantageouspositions.ReadAnonUser'sanswerto:WhoactuallywontheKargilwarfor
moredetails.
Comingtoweaponsystems,thisiswheretheIndianarmypalesincomparisontothebest
equippedforcesoftheworld.Butwedonothavealargedefensebudgetandthearmyhas
tomakedowithwhateveritgets.Stillmodernizationisbeingcarriedout.Indianspecial
forcesnowusethesomeofthebestassaultweaponsoftheworld.TheRussianmadethird
generationT90 isoneofthemainbattletanksoftheIndianarmy.Itisalsothemost
moderntankusedbyRussianarmy.Itmaynotbethebestintheworldbutit'sdefinitely
firstrateandcompareswelltoUSarmy'sM1Abrams.Indiaisalsoamemberoftheelite
groupoffivecountrieswhichpossessInterContinentalBallisticMissiles (ICBMs).
India'sBrahMos missiles(developedjointlywithRussia)arethefastestsupersonic
cruisemissileintheworld.Indiaistheonlycountryintheworldtohavesupersonic
cruisemissilesinallthreewings(Army,NavyandAirForce)ofitsarmedforces.Indiais
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alsotheonlycountryintheworldtooperatesubmarinelaunchedsupersoniccruise
missiles.Unfortunatelywehadtomakeallthesemissilesnuclearcapable,giventhehostile
natureofournucleararmedneighbouringcountries.Ireiteratethattheseareverifiedfacts
andamnotmakingupanything.Barringmissiles,theIndianarmydoessignificantlylack
inArtilleryandotherweaponsystems.TheINSAS assaultriflesusedbyregularIndian
armyarenotevenclosetowhatthebetterequippedarmiesuse.TheIndianAirForce's
primaryairsuperiorityfighteristheSukhoiSu30MKI ,whichisamongthemostelite
fighterjetsintheworldalongsidetheEurofighterTyphoon,DassaultRafaleandUSAF's
bestFseriesoffighters.WealsojustorderedafleetofRafales tobuildabrandnewfleet
ofmodernmultirolecombataircraftstocomplementthefleetofSukhois.Afterajoint
exercisewiththeIAF,oneUSAFMarshalcalledIndianSukhoiaircraftsastremendously
maneuverableandnearlyunbeatableinadogfight.That'stoomuchforthirdrateand
obsoleteweapons,aintit?TheIndianNavy alsohasasizablefleetofdestroyersand
submarinesinitsarsenalandistheonlynavytooperateanaircraftcarrierinwaters
surroundingtheIndiansubcontinent.ButIndiannavy'sweaponsystemsaredefinitelynot
firstrate.Wesignificantlylackinnavalwarfaredepartment.Butthennotmanycountries
havefirstratenavieseither.Also,otherthanSukhoisandRafales,IAF'saircraftsmaynot
bethebestavailableinmilitaryworldtoday.
Indianarmy'sandnavy'sspecialforcesunitscalledtheParaCommandos andMarine
Commandos(MARCOS )areconsideredamongthebestintheworld,definitelynotin
theleagueofUSDeltaforce/NavySEALS/RussianSpetsnazbutnotveryfareither,and
theyhavesuccessfullycompletednumerousclandestineandcovertoperationswithinand
outsideIndia.

Allinall,theIndianarmedforcesmaynotbethemostwellregardedforcesintheworld
butthathasmoretodowithlackofknowledgethantheircapability.
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AravindAldk,ProudIndian
UpdatedSep17,2015
Ireadthisbeautifulstoryonce!!ThisisjustpartofIndianArmy

WhenRomansmettheSikhs

PakistancanneverdefeatIndia,theItalianremarked.
ThatmorninginMay1999,onanofficialtriptoItaly,asIhadswitchedontheBBCWorld
News,IhadheardtheannouncementthatIndianAirForcehadstartedanoffensiveon
theKargilpeaksandtherewerefearsofafullfledgedwarwithPakistan.Whathadtill
nowbeenknownasaminorincursionbyinfiltratorswasnowthreateningtoengulfthe
twonationsintoasuicidalwar.MyfriendandIhadbegunourusualtourofthefair
visitingboothsofmajorcompanies.
Ivividlyrememberthatstall,andthecompanyownersittingstylishlyhavingachatwith
hisclients.TheseItalianssureareonestylishlot.Brownshoesandaredgolfcap.Istill
haventgotovermybiasforbrownshoesacquiredduringthosetripstoItaly.
AswegotonwithourpromotionallecturetheconversationveeredofftotheKargilnews.
PakistancanneverdefeatIndia,hesuddenlyremarked.
Ohyes,wesaid,OfCourse,wehaveabiggerarmy,wesaidproudly.
OhNo!,yougotitwrong,saidtheItalian
Isthatso?How?
YouknowaboutSikhs?,heasked.
Ofcourse,Isaid,IamaSikh
Oh,areyou?,heremarkedwithasurprise,ashesuddenlygotupfromhisseat,tookoff
hisredcap,Salute,hesaidinhisstrongItalianaccentevenasheaskedmeastowhyI
wasnotwearingtheSikhturban.Igrinnedsheepishlyinresponse.
Hatsoff,mySikhfriendyoudontknowwhyPakistancanneverdefeatIndia?It
cannotdefeatIndiaaslongastheSikhsfightforIndia.
Weweresurprisedbyhisreaction.AndweaskedhimastohowheknewaboutSikhsand
triedtofindoutthestorybehindhisview.

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SikhsoldiersinEastAfricaduringWorldWarII

Andthenhestartedspeakinganimatedly.MyGrandpapawasinMussolinisarmyin
WorldWarII.Andheusedtotellmeastory.Hetoldmethattheywerewinningthewar
astheymovedintoEasternAfrica.TheywonmanybattlesagainsttheBritish.Andthen
theBritishbroughtaregimentoffiercelookingwarriors.Menthatlookedlikeferocious
animalswheninbattle,theSikhs.TheirwarcrywassofrighteningthattheItalianarmy
usedtoshiverwhenitsounded.Theyattackedwiththeirartillerywhentheyfinished
theirartilleryfiretheyattackedwiththeirgunswhentheyfinishedtheirbulletsthey
foughtwithbayonetsandwhentheirbayonetsweresnatchedtheyfoughtwithknives
andthenevenastheywerebleedingtheyfoughtwithbarehands.
IcouldseetheItaliangettingmoreandmoreexcitedasherecitedthestory.Hewas
movinghishandsaroundintheairandactingthepart.MyGrandpausedtosaythatit
wastheSikhsthatturnedthewararound.Theyroutedtheirenemywherevertheywent.

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ItalianPOWsinEastAfricaduringWorldWarII
Finally,myGrandpawascapturedbytheSikhregiment,hesaid.HewasaPrisoner
ofWar,withlimitedcanteen.Evenwaterwasscarce.TheSikhs,theferociousSikhsthat
behavedlikehungrylionsonthefieldwerelikebenevolentguardiansinthecamps.They
slepthungrythemselvesbutgavetheirfoodtotheprisoners.Theygavethemsomuch
respectandlovethatmyGrandpapausedtosaythathehadneverseenmenlikethe
Sikhs.Sogallantinwarandsograciousinvictory.
AsIgrewup,mygrandpapainspiredmewithstoriesofSikhsandaskedmetomeet
someSikhsifIwantedtobeaman.SoIwenttomeetSikhsinIndia.Iroamedinthe
Punjab,wenttothetemplesandmetmany.
But,IwantedtoseetheSikhArmyinAction.SoIwenttoyourparade,thatbigparade
inNewDelhi,whereallregimentsoftheIndianarmymarchinglory.Theparadewas
magnificient,theIndianarmymarchingproudly,regimentafterregiment.heremarked
ashetookabookinhishandandmoveditsm...(more)

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Dilbert
WrittenMay24
EDIT:SinceQuorawouldlikemetoanswertheoriginalquestionaswell(regardlessof
howinaneandstupiditwas),itdependsonwhoisthetargetaudienceinothercountries
regardingtheIndianarmedforces.Ifitisaboutothercountriesarmedforces,theywould
knowofmostothercountryarmystrengthsandweaknessesandregardthemassuch.A
fightingprofessionalusuallyhashealthyrespectforallotherfightingprofessionals.Ifthis
isaboutthenormalpersononthestreetsintheseothercountriestheywouldnotgivea
ratsposterior.

Whyaresuchstupidquestionsbeingaskedandwhyshouldanyoneintheirrightminds
care?Quorashouldreallybeaforumtoanswerseriousquestionsthathaveimportand
relevanceintherealworldratherthanjustbecomingafantasysatisfyingforumforschool
kidsontheirtermbreak.
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RohitKachhawaha,TheNextBigThinginAsiaIndia
WrittenMay12,2015
Indianperspective,thisissomethingIamreallyproudofandhavingbeencomingfrom
theArmybackgroundmakesthefeelingevenmorecherishing.InthisparticularpostI
havetriedtoillustratethataspectoftheIndianArmy(ourDefenceForcesingeneral)not
knowntomany.Thewaywetreatourenemiesiswhatmakesusuniquefromtherestof

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theforcesintheworldandthatissomethingwhichtagstheIndianArmyasan
honourableforceofgentlemen.

Weallknowwhathappenedin1999inKargil,PakistanplayingitsusualAzadKashmir
cardbutnowthistimeonlywithitsregularsoldiersdisguisedasmujahedeens.The
conflictwhichcouldhaveresultedinanalloutwarbetweenthetwoneighbouring
nuclearpowerstatescametoanendwithIndiadecisivelywinninganddrivingoutthe
PakistaniforcesandrecapturingKargil.BoththeIndianaswellasPakistaniforces
sufferedmassivedamages.OnemustnotethatPakistanforverylongdidnotevenadmit
thatthosefightingtheIndianforceswereitssoldiers,regulars.Andthisispainful,
detestable,knowingthattheywerealsofightingfortheircountry,rulersofwhichchoseto
dumpthemwhentheymostneededtheirsupport.

OnesuchPakistaniwarheroduringKargilconflictwasCaptainSherKhan,forgottenby
hisownpeoplebackhome.HewasawardedtheNishaniHaider posthumously,
Pakistanshighestgallantryawardontherecommendationofhisadversary,theIndian
Army.HecamefromatribalareainWaziristanwherehisfamilyresides.Uponaskedof
whattheyfeltabouttheIndianArmytheysaid,hisenemyareabraveone,theyclaimed
theydintbelieveinrestofthePakistaniswhosayIndiansarecowardastheyhaveopenly
acknowledgedthebraveheartCaptainSherKhan.

CaptainSherKhanhadledanassaultontheIndianArmytorecaptureTigerHill.The
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IndianArmyacceptsthefactthattheattackbyCaptainKhanandhismenwasavery
severeonehisforcegaveastiffresistancetotheIndianmenandintheprocesslosthislife
fightingforhiscountryPakistan.Hisvalourmightnothavebeenacknowledgedby
PakistanbutIndianArmyopenlyacknowledgeshisspirittofightforhiscountry,theway
hecarriedoutthewholeoperationandthetenacityheshowedinthebattlefield.

Almost10yearsafteracceptingthefactthatindeedthedisguisedmujahedeenswereinfact
Pakistaniregularsoldiers,CaptainKhanisafolkheroinhishometown.This
unprecedentednatureoftheIndianArmy,tofightbutwithhonoursurelymakesita
uniqueforceintheentireworld.

Ontheotherhand,thePakistaniArmycapturedmanyIndiansoldiersduringtheKargil
operationandratherthantreatingthemasprisonersofwar(POWs),theytorturedthem
inhumanlytodeath.CaptainKalia,ofthe4JatRegiment,alongwithfivesoldierssepoys
ArjunRam,BhanwarLalBagaria,BhikaRam,MoolaRamandNareshSinghweretaken
captivebyPakistanitroopsMay15,1999.Theyweretorturedforweeksbeforebeingkilled.
TheirmutilatedbodieswerehandedovertotheIndianauthoritiesonJune9thatyear.
SimilartreatmentwasalsogiventoanotherIndiansoldieroftheIndianAirForce
SquadronLeaderAjayAhuja.

TheIndianArmyhashadahistoryofsuchincidentstoitshonourrememberwhat
happenedduringthe1971IndoPakWarintheEastPakistan!Afterlosingthewar,93000
PakistanisoldiersweretakencaptiveasPOWs.TheywereguardedbytheveryIndian
soldierswhomtheyfoughtearlier,barelyafortnightbefore,fromapossibleBengali
retributionandweretransportedsafelyacrosstheborder.Theyweregivenfood,
clothing,medicaltreatmentsandinsomespecialcasestheywerealsoallowedtokeeptheir
weaponswiththemforselfdefenceincaseofanyattacksutmostcarewastakentoensure
thetreatyofGenevaConvention wasupheld.

ThereareafewthingswhichmakeusfeelreallyproudandhappyasIndiansandour
DefenceForcesarerightthereatthetop.
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GuoWei,writing&livinginChina
WrittenApr28,2015
WanttohearbadwordsaboutIndianarmedforces?WelcometoChina!I'veseenand
heardpeopletalkaboutthemasiftheywereajoke.However,asanordinaryChinese,I
trulythinkthatthearmedforcesofeverycountrymustbegreatintheirownway.
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MituKumar,ProudtobeINDIAN,workingfordevelopedIndia
UpdatedJan16,2014
Myanswerisbasedonthefacts.IhadbeencollectinginformationaboutIndianArmed
ForcesandothertopnotchArmedForcesoftheworld.
IndianArmedForcesarerankedat4thplaceafterus,russia,china.Comparetothese
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foreignsuppliers.iftheindiawouldhaveitsownstrongmanufacturingdefencesector
thanitwouldhavesurpassedatleastrussiansandchinaatpresent.indiahasstrongR&D
indefencesectorsuchasDRDO,whattheymakeareinlinewithwesterntechnologybut
duetolackofmanufacturingsectorthesethingsarelatelyimplementedandprovidedto
armedforces.
wemakeourownthingswithinnovationnotlikechinathecopycatswhichcopiesallthe
russianequipment.
see,whatothercountriesdoesnotsell,indiadevelopsitonitsown(whateverbeits
complexity)likeatombomb,hydrogenbomb,Ballisticmissiles,icbm,nuclearsubs...
atpresentlargescalemodernisationofIndianArmedForcesaregoingon.innext56
yearseachsoliderofIndianArmywillbeinparwithusarmybyFINSAASprogram.
ithinkinnext1020yearsindiawillincreaseitsmanufacturingsectorasgovernmentas
nowgivenpermissiontoprivatecompanies.soitwillbecome2ndrankingandifallthings
goesrighttheninnext50yearsitwillbecome1st.
ifucompareeachindiansoldierononetoonebasiswithothertoparmedforcessoldier
thenonaveragebasisindiansoldierwilloverpowerthem.
ifucompareindiaandchinathenchinesehavemoreoethequantitythanquality.India
hasmoreofqualityasitbuysqualitydefenceproductsfromtoparmsdealeroftheworld.
chinaismakingtheirownweaponindigenouslyandproducingitinlargenumbers.but
theseweaponslacksinadvanceandmoderntechnology.recentlyoneofthechinesedaily
publishedareportthatchinesefighterj15isundercapableofperformingsortieswithfull
loadfromtheirsoleaircraftcarrier.somedaysbeforeoneofthechinesenavytop
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commanderhadtoldthatj15isbetterthanf18superhornetandmig29k(whichindian
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AbhishekDwivedi
WrittenApr13,2015
ToallIndians:PleaserereadtheIsraeliArmyMajorNoamKaiser'sanswer.Hisansweris
lacedbyneatpraisestowardstheIndianarmedforces,whileinsertingitwithwhatseemto
besubtleendorsementsofIsraeliequipmentinusebytheIndianarmedforces.

Justthink:WouldyouwriteahugeanswerpraisingtheArgentinian,SwedishorKorean
military?Wouldn'ttherebeanagenda?

NowtheIndiandefencemarketsurelyislucrativeforIsraeliweaponscompanies.Asa
pointerobserveNoamKaiser'sansweragain.HeevenpitchestotheIndianarmy,tobuy
hiscountry'sAPCs!

Thankfully,IndiaisnotpurchasingIsraeliAPCs,butislookingatindigenousalternatives.
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VimalanKarunakaran
WrittenOct10
AllyouIndianmoronswhoansweredthisquestion,Iappreciateyourpatriotismbutread
thequestionagain.It'snotaboutwhatYOUthink,it'swhatothercountriesthink.Stopthis
chestthumping.Sickeningcopatriots.
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RobertMathew
WrittenFeb24,2014
Indianarmy,numbersandmilitaryexercisesalonecannotdeterminethepowerofan
army.IndiawasconsideredapowerduringtheliberationwarofBangaldesh.Her
streangthdwindledgraduallyduetonegligenceandlackoffunds.Indianarmywasalso
batteredbytheLTTEduringitsbriefadventureintheNothernpartofSriLanka.Of
courseRajivGandhiwastrappedbythepoliticalwitsofthethenpresidentofSriLanka,
Jayawardane.Indianarmysufferedtheworst,withcasualtymountinginnumbersmore
thanitsufferedduringtheliberationwarofBangaladesh.Kargilscenarioexposedthe
weaknessoftheIndianarmy,despiteovercomingthefoes.Indialostmen.Similarly,
attackonTajrevealedthatitsspecialforcesarenogoodinstagingspecialmissions,like
theonesoftheDeltaforceandNavyseals.Khandaharscenariowasworst,asthe
governmentwasmorewillingtosuccumbtoforce.Saidthat,itwould'tberighttoputthe
failuressolelyintheperspectiveofincidentsthatoccursunexpectedly.Indialacks
experiencesimilartothearmiesoftheUSAortheEuropeans.DespitewarswithPaksitan
andChina,shehasnotinvolvedinanymajorwarswithherneighbours.IndianNavyis

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buildingup,butataslowspace.Similarlytheairforceismuchbelowitsstreangth.India,
beingacountrynotonlysorroundedwithhostileneighbours,butalsobyseveralterrorist
outfits,butmanagedtosurvivehitherto.Thelongtermimplecationsaremanifold,
spaciallyifthefateofAfganistanfallsintothehandsofPakistan.Atthismoment,Indian
armedforceslackthewherewhithaltostanduptoaconflict.Thebuildupofthechinese
andthePakistaniforceswillbeaforbidableifcombinedinanyfutureconflict,Indiawill
bewellcorneredtothedictatsofthetwo.SriLankaisalostcausewithIndianefforttobe
friendlyisphooephooed.Indiaalsolacksthecapacityforaggressivedevelopmenttowoo
herfriends.IndianarmycannotsustanathrustByChinaasitstandsnackedwithout
modernweapons.
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DineshDeshmukh
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Themoralofforcesareimpfactorcontrinutetovictory
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KameshAgarwal,CSEstudent,logicalthinker,adventurer.That'sthemostofme.
WrittenAug31,2014
Indiaisworld's4thlagestmilitarypowerand8thintermsofNuclearpower.
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SanjayKapur
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sarejahanseachi!
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UzairAli
WrittenJul27
NoonecanbeatIndianarmywhenit'scometokillinginnocentspeople(Kashmiripeople)
brutally
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QuoraUser
WrittenOct12
OK.HereistheFact:

1.WorldstillthinksthatIndiainitsstrengthnTechnologyissameaswhatitwas20
30yearsbefore.BUTTHISISTOTALLYWRONG.Indiaisverymuchcapableof
developingitsOWNMILITARYWEAPONS.

2.INDIANBRAINSWHICHAREFUELINGNASANTOPTECHCOMPANIESIN
THEWORLD,WOULDDONOTHINGFORTHEIROWNCOUNTRY?THINK
TWICEINDIA,FORQUITELONGHASDEVELOPEDMANYSCRETMILITARY
WEAPONS,JUSTLIKEUSRUSSIA,NONCEBOOMEDDURINGWAR,CAN
ACTUALLYSHOW,WHATDISASTERITCANDO

3.WORDOFADVICEINDIAISAPEACELOVINGCOUNTRY.BUTCANGIVEBIG
SURPRISES,WHENITCAMETOACTUALWAR.SO,BEWAREOFOUTDATED
THOUGHTS,THEYCANBEFATAL.
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