The Indian Army: Reminiscences, Reforms & Romance by H.S. Panag

The Indian Army: Reminiscences, Reforms & Romance by H.S. Panag is a book of essays. The book is divided into 6 parts. The Indian Army is a must-read for every Indian who has stopped to think about the powerful institution that the army is. An e-version of the book is now available.

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In the essays that comprise The Indian Army: Reminiscences, Reforms & Romance, Lieutenant General H.S. Panag examines burning questions surrounding the Indian Armed Forces: their exploitation by neo- nationalists; an intrusive media’s projection of the army as the sole flagbearer of patriotism; the obsession with Pakistan as an impending threat to national security; the intense militarization of Kashmir post the abrogation of Article 370; and equal opportunities for women in combat, among other issues.

Divided into six sections – Human Rights, Reforms, Leadership, Reminiscences, Conflict, and Unforgettable Heroes – the book compels the reader to think deeper and with greater nuance about a much-discussed and much-maligned institution. The Indian Army is also a glimpse into the General’s own life and reveals hitherto unknown aspects of his long career in the army. A writer who straddles the serious and the idyllic with equal ease, he unequivocally condemns the tying of a citizen to the bonnet of an army jeep in Kashmir in 2017 in one piece, and in another tells the intensely passionate, albeit tragic love story of a soldier and a Kashmiri girl.

About the Author

H.S. Panag, PVSM, AVSM (Retd) was born on 4 December 1948. His father was also a legendary Colonel of the Indian Army. A veteran of the 1971 Indo-Pak war, in his illustrious career spanning forty years, General Panag was General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC- in-C) of two armies — Northern Command and Central Command.

In his long career, he not only held many prestigious instruction, staff and command appointments but also served extensively in operational and counter-insurgency areas. General Panag commanded a Combat Group in the high-altitude area of Ladakh, an Armoured Brigade in the plains/deserts, and also commanded a Mountain Brigade in high-altitude. He later commanded an Armoured Division and a Strike Corps.

General Panag is credited for having initiated major doctrinal reforms in the Indian Army. He pioneered the conceptualisation of employment of Mechanised Forces in high-altitude and made a singular contribution for the institutionalisation and application of the sub-doctrines of Manoeuvre Warfare and the Directive Style of Command in the Indian Army.

After his retirement, he served as a Member of the Armed Forces Tribunal with the status of a High Court judge until December 2013. General Panag is now a well-known defence analyst and writes on strategic and military affairs in various newspapers, magazines and online news portals.

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