October 21, 2020

Integrating An Acquired Company – Lessons From An Indian Emperor Called Akbar

The Sikhs are a small religious group founded by Guru Nanak in the fifteenth century. In all after Guru Nanak there were 9 Sikh Gurus. The last being Guru Gobind who created the ‘Khalsa’ on baisakhi the New Year of Punjab.

The tag of a martial race was now added to them by the English who realized their potential and embarked on a vast recruitment campaign in the Punjab. Thus the Sikhs with a population of 1.8% of the entire India had representation of 20% in the British Indian army. In addition after 1857 Sikh soldiers were given one extra promotion over other sepoys of the Indian army.

The story line is fairly simple. Rajnikant plays a scientist who invents a humanoid Robot. This Robot has all the qualities of a human being except the sense of feeling. The scientist is trying to sell this Robot to the Indian Army Result. Which in turn wish to use it to patrol their volatile borders.The beauty of the entire scenario is that the humanoid Robot is a duplicate of his inventor, the scientist.

The other revelation I had that day, reading so many agnostic web sites, were all the so-called Christians who participate in their web site, making the site far more popular than it really is.

Inevitably Lt Col Manohar is compared with his contemporaries such as Khushwant Singh, Kamala Markandeya and Mulk Raj Anand. But his writings had a different stamp as he wrote on the conflict between the imperial power and Indians differently. His characterization of the British was always positive.

Everything the army did was of top notch quality, better than anyone else. If they built a neighborhood, it was well planned and well maintained. If they built a road, it had proper drainage and would last longer than any road built by the government. During the 90s, scenes of soldiers rescuing people from ravaging floods and patrolling the troubled streets of Karachi were portrayed daily in the Khabarnama (daily new bulletin on state TV) and are engraved in the nation’s memory. The army was a symbol of righteousness in a society riddled with corruption and nepotism.

The Sikh gunners were good as per all accounts but again a number of times their aim went hay wire. In contrast the British came to battle with a proper plan and clear aim. The Anglo Sikh wars spelt the death knell of the Sikh empire and the end of the Sikh army.

If the answer to the above is “no,” then all arguments concerning the role of women in the armed forces are specious and have no real meaning. But if the answer is yes then women can certainly be part of the armed forces. But what is the answer? The fact remains that the effect of women in the combat zone can be beneficial for the men. May be not for actual combat but for other roles they could be an asset and their presence will fulfill an emotional need of the soldier as well. In that manner their presence will be positive. You could also use women soldiers as guards of POW patients, running military canteens and similar non combatant jobs. But to think that they can shoulder arms or manage themselves as soldiers in battle conditions would be a little farfetched.