Thursday, November 27, 2008


While watching today's events in Mumbai, I couldn't help noticing a few things. It appeared the first responders, looking like local police types, were armed with ancient Enfield bolt-action rifles. Nothing brings confidence like being completely outgunned.

I also noticed that many times an officer was walking around and not only showing each individual soldier which direction to point his rifle, but also placing each soldier in position - including how to sit or lay. I couldn't tell if these were military, paramilitary or police units.

The Indian army is an all volunteer force and is known as a professional well-trained organization. Nevertheless, what I saw this morning was typical of a poorly trained, top-heavy, military/paramilitary force whose only trained professionals are the officer class.

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