India’s Top Army General: “Chinese Have Finally Arrived”

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“Chinese Have Finally Arrived”: Army Chief’s Take On Beijing’s Strengths

General Bipin Rawat said China did not forget that military power should rise simultaneously with economy.

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'Chinese Have Finally Arrived': Army Chief's Take On Beijing's Strengths

Army chief General Bipin Rawat said the world is looking to India to counterbalance China.

NEW DELHI:  Army chief General Bipin Rawat today lauded China’s military might, saying they understood the importance of ratcheting up defence prowess alongside their economy. The world, he said, is looking at India to provide a counterbalance and added a criticism of what he called “a belief” regarding defence expenditure at home.

“The Chinese have finally arrived. I can say that,” General Rawat declared at a function in Delhi. “They did not forget that military power should rise simultaneously with economy. That is why they stand strong today in international world order, challenging the might of USA.”

In the current situation, India, he said, needs to focus on its military. “The world community is looking to us as a net security provider… to counterbalance the rise of China”.

Indicating what might be a hindrance to that goal, General Rawat said there is a “belief” that defence expenditure is a burden on the state. “They believe that whatever is put in defence – it is something that comes without any returns. I want to dispel that myth”.

The army has already said the defence allocation in this year’s budget, Rs. 21,338 crore, is inadequate. A senior army officer, Vice Chief Lt Gen Sarath Chand, has also told a parliamentary panel that a whopping 68 per cent of army equipment is vintage and its budget is cannot cover the existing projects, let alone fund modernisation.

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The army chief also said today that military exercises with China will resume soon, marking an upswing in the relation between the two nations, which took a downturn last year following the 73-day stand-off at Doklam, which was resolved in August. Following the stand-off, the annual military exercise did not take place. “The relationship had turned sour, but I think it is all getting over now,” General Rawat said.

The diplomatic engagement between the two nations has been back on track with the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to India to attend the Russia India China Foreign Ministers meeting. Next month, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj is expected to visit Chi

Indian Army To Give Away 25,200 Head Of Cattle

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Bovine blues: Army to give away 25,200 heads of cattle to ICAR, state govts

The Indian army will soon be closing down 39 military farms across the country as part of an exercise to trim the workforce in several non-combat areas .

INDIA Updated: Aug 21, 2017 18:46 IST

Rahul Singh
Rahul Singh
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Cows being shifted from one shelter to another in New Delhi. The defence ministry ordered the closure of military farms in early August. Hence, the Indian Army is preparing to give away the cattle.
Cows being shifted from one shelter to another in New Delhi. The defence ministry ordered the closure of military farms in early August. Hence, the Indian Army is preparing to give away the cattle.(Raj K Raj/HT FILE PHOTO)

The army is preparing to give away more than 25,200 heads of cattle to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and different state governments for rearing, as the force begins shutting down 39 military farms across the country by October-end, army officials said on Monday.

Raised in 1889, the defence ministry ordered the closure of the military farms in early August to cut costs and better utilise thousands of acres of defence land. The 39 military farms are spread over more than 20,000 acres of prime defence land across the country in cities such as Ambala, Kolkata, Srinagar, Agra, Pathankot, Lucknow, Meerut, Allahabad and Guwahati.

The officials said that the military farms supplied more than 21 crore litres of milk to the army, accounting for 14% of the total requirement. The army buys the rest of its requirements locally. The cattle stock includes thousands of high-yielding Frieswal cows, a cross between Dutch Holstein Friesian and Indian Sahiwal breeds.

In a report submitted last year, a defence ministry committee panel had recommended that military workforce could be trimmed in several non-combat areas including military farms.

The 11-member panel, headed by Lieutenant General DB Shekatkar (retd), was tasked with mapping out a strategy to sharpen India’s combat edge and suggest measures to initiate targeted reductions in personnel.

The military farms account for a total work force of 2,000 civilians who work in the defense ministry and 14 combatants, the officials said.