Deepak Sinha (for Info only, not official)

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Deepak Sinha

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    ...As was to be expected of dedicated professionals, the discussion focused on the ways and means by which such threats could be ameliorated, if not overcome, and the manner in which technology and better resource management, including human resources, could be better utilized to enhance capabilities. Interestingly, in the discussions only cursory attention was paid to the issue of local populations living in the proximity of our borders and how that impacts our security environment. ...

    TOI on Nov. 19, 2017, 9:23 a.m.

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    ...It is not without reason that 17 of the 21 odd Param Veer Chakras awarded since Independence have been won by officers and men belonging to this arm. Indeed, even a cursory examination of the facts suggests, as is characteristic of this government, that this pronouncement is nothing but bluster and hot air, meant either to impress the lay public, which in any case is invariably unaware, or disinterested in such matters, or what is more likely, an attempt to show to the Prime Minister that the new Raksha Mantri is on top of her game. As a matter of fact, even the illogical order directing Army Engineers to build Foot Over Bridges at three railway stations in Mumbai, including the one at Elphinstone, where the scene of the ghastly stampede leading to over a score of fatalities, should be seen in this context. ...

    TOI on Nov. 1, 2017, 1:02 p.m.

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    ...Be it visiting units deployed on the Line of Control at Gurez on the occasion of Diwali, or inviting the Special Operations Forces team, which carried out the trans-border operation in Myanmar against North Eastern militant groups, for ‘chai’. By and large our political class has kept the military at arms- length with little attempt made to interact with those men and women who work in extremely difficult conditions to keep our enemies at bay and our country safe from their depredation. In this process many have lost their lives or have been injured both in body and spirit, not just in operations but also while carrying out routine tasks far from their families and loved ones in inhospitable terrain. ...

    TOI on Oct. 22, 2017, 10:01 a.m.

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    ...Be it visiting units deployed on the Line of Control at Gurez on the occasion of Diwali, or inviting the Special Operations Forces team, which carried out the trans-border operation in Myanmar against North Eastern militant groups, for ‘chai’. By and large our political class has kept the military at arms- length with little attempt made to interact with those men and women who work in extremely difficult conditions to keep our enemies at bay and our country safe from their depredation. In this process many have lost their lives or have been injured both in body and spirit, not just in operations but also while carrying out routine tasks far from their families and loved ones in inhospitable terrain. ...

    TOI on Oct. 22, 2017, 10:01 a.m.

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    ...As conspiracy theories go this is certainly not a bad one. In the beginning there were the Armed Forces. Not only did they get the British their Empire, on which ostensibly the Sun never set, but was also the glue that held it together. Thus, more than Civil Servants, the Armed Forces mattered most to the Sovereign and to which all other branches of government reported. The glue came unstuck when the Indian National Army of Subhas Chandra Bose, consisting primarily of members of the British Indian Army, took on the British, leading to their departure just about two years later. ...

    TOI on Oct. 11, 2017, 2:08 p.m.

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    ...In what way are we great then? If we have problems in the village, we point our finger at the State and the State at someone else. We all are finding fault with each other! But the true fact is that we’re all to be blamed. Because the problem is us. Me, you, all of us…” We are angry people and we tend to get livid about virtually everything and anything, except of course, when it comes to our own acts of either omission or commission as well as of those of our near and dear ones. In those circumstances we spare no efforts to justify even the most heinous of crimes. Add to this our total immersion in politics with an almost equal belief that conspiracies abound in every aspect of our existence. ...

    TOI on Sept. 17, 2017, 7:35 p.m.

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    ...What were the qualities that Mr Modi and the BJP leadership saw in him that led to his elevation to his present position remains a mystery. His lacklustre tenure has only been a veritable showcase of gross ineptitude, misgovernance and impotence. That the BJP will pay for its inept selection is a foregone conclusion, just as it must be making ordinary citizens wonder about Mr Modi’s much vaunted leadership skills and abilities to select suitable subordinates. After all, his choice in Uttar Pradesh too is coming under increasing scrutiny. One may not condone, but can still understand the motivations that draw politicians of all ideologies to leaders of religious sects and other similar cults. ...

    TOI on Aug. 26, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

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    ...More than the events themselves, it was the Trump response and the reactions to that, which has lessons for us here at home. The Charlottesville incident involved an ISIS style attack by a lone 20 year old white nationalist who deliberately mowed down a group of counter protesters with his car. They were confronting Neo- Nazi White Supremacists holding a rally objecting to the shifting of a statue of General Robert E Lee from a public park. It resulted in the death of 32 year old woman, Heather D Heyer, and injuries to nineteen others. That apart, there were fist fights aplenty between both sides as well as against the Police that was attempting to control the outbreak of violence. General Lee headed the Confederate Armies from June 1861 till his surrender to General Ulysses S Grant in April 1865 that resulted in the collapse of the South and end to the Civil War. ...

    TOI on Aug. 20, 2017, 1:01 p.m.