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CDS General Bipin Rawat | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Tour of Duty at nascent stage, Army looking to make SSC more ‘lucrative’, says CDS Rawat

CDS Bipin Rawat said bringing in a concept like ‘Tour of Duty’ requires deep study into its financial viability for the Army.
Indian Army personnel (representational image) | Photo: ANI

No dip in candidates who want to join armed forces but here’s why fewer made it since 2017

While number of applicants for defence-qualifying exams have remained nearly constant, there is a decline in the number of academically sound candidates.
Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint.in

Not media, CDS Rawat should be talking to military chiefs about India’s defence reform

Rawat’s position is only first among equals vis-à-vis the service chiefs and he has no command authority. This mandates a consultative process.
Indian Army

India didn’t get its CDS in 1950s due to rift between Army chief & defence minister

Congress’ Jairam Ramesh says in his book a tussle between Defence Minister V.K. Krishna Menon & Army chief K.S. Thimayya in the 1950s prevented creation of CDS post.
A man holds a placard 'No CAB, No NRC' at a protest against the amended citizenship law in old Delhi on 20 December 2019 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint Photo

Roy, Wilson & Krishna bat for CAA protests, Deepak Nayyar sees universities under threat

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.
Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

Stop celebrating CDS. Gen Rawat will barely be able to command forces thanks to bureaucracy

The bureaucratic sleight of hand has put Gen Bipin Rawat at a disadvantage even as his tenure as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff has just begun.
Outgoing Army Chief Bipin Rawat hands over the baton to Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane, who took over as the 28th Chief of Army Staff | Indian Army

CDS & 3 chiefs must speak in cryptic military language and not get provoked by Indian media

Army chief Gen Naravane’s first media interview created a controversy over his Pakistan-related remarks. But there’s a way to avoid it in future.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Assocham event in New Delhi on 20 December | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Economy is Modi’s biggest challenge, says Amar Ujala, Dainik Jagran calls CDS ‘historic’

A round up of the Hindi newspapers opinion pages to reflect the viewpoint from the heartland on topical issues.
Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

CDS General Bipin Rawat gets cracking, Air Defence Command first priority

General Bipin Rawat says efforts will be made to cut out ‘infructuous ceremonial activities’, which are manpower intensive.
CDS General Bipin Rawat

Modi govt’s CDS is big reform, but this is what the charter lacks

The dual advisory role given to CDS Bipin Rawat and the three chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force will likely create confusion.

On Camera

File photo | An employee inspects a godown of Food Corporation of India (FCI) where rice bags are being stored during a nationwide lockdown, in Srinagar | PTI

FCI has highest rice, wheat stock since 2005. Modi govt continuing legacy of bad economics

It is clear from the rising stock of rice and wheat that the government has been buying more from farmers than what it requires during a pandemic.
Representational image | Picpedia

Modi govt drops plan to merge 3 state-owned general insurance companies

Decision to merge the 3 companies — National Insurance Co Ltd, United India Insurance Co Ltd, and Oriental Insurance Co Ltd — ahead of their proposed listing was announced in 2018 budget.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

There’s ‘thinning down’ of Chinese troops at Finger 4 at Pangong lake, but no pullback yet

India-China disengagement at Pangong lake will be a focus area in the next round of military talks at the corps commander level. 
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.