A couple of days back, leading dailies put out a story that the Indian Army has decided to drastically cut down its procurement from ordnance factories to meet make up for critical shortages, primarily in ammunition.
The cuts were to include procurement of clothing for the rank and file that the ordnance factories manufacture. The story also moaned that it was actually the jawans who would take the real hit because apparently, a broke Army, goaded by the need to tighten its belt, had decided to sacrifice its spit and polish for the sake of operational preparedness.
I was accosted by a few friends about whether we are going to have an Army without a uniform, or is the Army going to field its men in shabby clothes.
Incidentally, the uniform of a soldier is often considered as a barometer of his morale. When viewed in the context of the good old adage, “morale is a battle winning factor”, the seemingly preposterous step taken by the Army appeared most enervating, especially to the staunch nationalists. Read More