The question that has those ‘oppressed’,  by the recent ban on Rs.1000 & Rs.500 promissory notes excited, is basically – How far will this ‘Drive to Root Out Black Money’ go?

Two counter questions answer this eloquently –

1.  Hasn’t Narendra Modi  staked his entire political career & that of the BJP and it’s leaders by this move?

2. Can he roll it back?

The answers are obvious. Economy and commerce basically run on exchanges – from ‘Barter’ to ‘Promissory Notes’.

Are there any other  exchanges? – Yes many. As many as innovation and guile create! Both tangible and intangible.

Taking on any illegal tender is like taking on an entire system that runs at the very foundation of a country’s economy and commerce.

Reversals will result only in catastrophe for the initiator as well as for the country.

Hence, the recalling and declaring the two promissory notes illegal is only the start of a long drawn war that will need to be sustained with as much enthusiasm as it has begun.

Any roll back will raise fingers and the motives questioned, dropping the whole exercise into the usual banal allegations of graft & benefits to those close to power.

No political party that has come to power after 10 years and hopes to remain the tallest political entity, can afford to retreat from the Juggernaut that it has initiated without being destroyed itself.

The timing of the ‘Demonetisation Move’ itself gives a clear indication, that before the next elections in 2017 onwards, results of this demonetisation drive are to be used to convince the common man in the country about the intent of the BJP-NDA combined Government.

Obviously, other tenders such as Property, Land, Farming, Water, Every Industry, Bullion, Stock Exchange Burgeons & Shrivels, Hawala, Matka, Angadia, Cricket & other forms of Betting, Movies, Co-operative Banks and Lending Agencies, Media, Judiciary & Judgements and every other innovation to side step the tax-man and legal economy & commerce, will now have to be addressed, to convince the common man on the ground that the intent of the Government is good and to generate the ground swell that will assist the campaign against all forms of “Illegal Tender”, tangible or otherwise.

It is a long drawn overhaul of the system and cannot be rolled back by anyone except those who foolishly believe that they can still continue to ‘Fool’ the common people in the street and have misjudged their anger, helplessness and the power.

Any one standing against this move, can only have their motives & integrity (All that the common man really ascribes to a politician) questioned. The Bihar CM Mr.Nitish Kumar has shown that intellect and wisdom while other political parties are still counting their ill-be-gotten-soon-expiring-promissory-notes buying time and trying to be eloquent to their constituencies about their lost arguments.

This Juggernaut is just starting.

The sequencing, timing as well as the durations of each move will be interesting.

Discerning “Intangible Innovative Black Money Creation Methods” will in itself be a challenge and I’m sure the Government is working on it.

How clean are the conductors, will be an intense debate leaving no rooms for even oversights, leave alone being participatory in any illegal tender. In fact the opposition will be noting every move and their own investigations would have already started to target the Government and its drivers once they are out of power, which does not seem any closer at this point of time. The BJP-NDA would have warned its members about the unceremonious drop from grace and legality they will face in case they are caught out of tune of this steam-rolling barrage that has begun.

This is the most interesting story being followed across the Globe, across the divide of the tangible and the intangible illegal tenders. Every one is waiting to learn more about the positives and the negatives of this monumental sweep.

 Yes, this is a fantastic story and is set to be a landmark in history!


Dear Friends,

The Army has been called in to deal with a Medical Emergency!

We are generalists, ‘jack of maybe all’ , but definitely not masters of any, except, killing the enemy.

So how will a 22-25 year old Lt or a Capt with 30-120 men under command solve a pandemic created in a locality by the apathy of IAS, IPS, MLCs, MLAs for years on end, since 1947, that has multiplied 70 times, while actually our infrastructures and systems should have been stronger by 70 times and more?

Just by the sheer grit of integrity, dogged discipline and the spirit that says ‘
“Won’t die till the task’s done or will die trying”. Shouldn’t that actually should be common to all Indians, situations & professions?

There’s nothing else that the Army can do, except shove the reset button and allocate new resources as judiciously as they should be, and ensure implication of SOPs as they should be, provide space for positive innovation and jugaad where resources impinge, ensure discipline, & integrity of existing systems.

That’s all.

It’s the administration, planning, licensing, inspections, auditing systems that’ve created the chaos in this pandemic of highly infectious but otherwise not so fatal a disease.

70+ years of planning, building & implementing the planned, inspecting the implemented yearly, licensing projects with ancillaries (Ex-Roads with road furniture, like foot bridge, pedestrian xg, footpaths, street lights, traffic lights, etc/ Hospitals with essential supplies, oxygen, electricity, sewerage, parking, access, etc), auditing periodically, have all gone down the drain?!

That, friends is the actual and worse pandemic irrespective of the politics.

Sold out media and media ‘managers’ have dived in to make a quick buck, both ways- for and against the system to hysteria levels.

We the common people are equally to blame, for tolerating bullying, not complaining against corruption, accepting mediocrity and status-quo for 70+ years.

Time to revive integrity as ingrained in us by our mothers, scriptures, folklore, culture and be brave enough to at least open up and speak up & to stand up and be counted in the desire to remove nuisance and revive that value which makes us human and better Indians – Integrity.

Long post, stimulated only by the sad reportage of the very obvious in all media, sans just any apparent solutions.

Integrate, provide succour, prevent chaos, don’t be a carrier of panic, be a solution provider.

Col Dilip Sharma (Retired)



You are an infinite fraction of creation,
The calm isle, in a raging dynamic world,
Home to the all-seeing calmness, reading deciphering all near & distant,
Accepting the vibrant for it’s role,
With twists and turns of tides & time,
Compliant to the forces of creation by default,
You remain the nerve centre of your own creation….

Spray & mist from the environ here,
Creates angels & devils in your mind,
Caressing & stinging your choices now & then,
determining your joys & bliss?
Impatience fights or runs from the devils,
Or seeks pleasures frolicking angels in the mist,
Tears of joy & anxiety add to the haze,
Blurring your tranquil isle from yourself ….

Look within your own
‘Fraction of the Infinite’,
Decipher the mist, haze & fog, against the beauty of your reality,
With faith in the portion you are of your own Creators core,
Seek & recognise the calm isle that you actually are,
deep within what you are….

-Col Dilip Kumar Sharma


(Photo Credits To Rajendra Waghmare. Writeup shared by Mrs. Durga. )

Glimpses of Birdeo Yatra, a festival of Shepherds which is celebrated every year at Pattankodoli, a small town near Kolhapur. Shepherds from all over Maharashtra and Karnataka gather here in a large number. They offer turmeric powder and wool of lambs to the deity.


How ancient wisdom was transmitted from Rishis (Researchers) to Shepherds ( Nurturers of the Earth and People alike), through folklore & mandated for Social wellbeing (CSR) through beliefs, melas and even a ‘Dev Diety’ for it!!

….and we are relearning it all!



10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmedearric and Curcumin

Written by Kris Gunnars, BSc on July 13, 2018

How this works.
Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence.

Many high-quality studies show that it has major benefits for your body and brain.

Here are the top 10 evidence-based health benefits of turmeric.

1. Turmeric Contains Bioactive Compounds With Powerful Medicinal Properties
Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow colour.

It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.

Recently, science has started to back up what Indians have known for a long time — it really does contain compounds with medicinal properties (1Trusted Source).

These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin.

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high. It’s around 3%, by weight (2Trusted Source).

Most of the studies on this herb are using turmeric extracts that contain mostly curcumin itself, with dosages usually exceeding 1 gram per day.

It would be very difficult to reach these levels just using the turmeric spice in your foods.

Therefore, if you want to experience the full effects, you need to take a supplement that contains significant amounts of curcumin.

Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. It helps to consume black pepper with it, which contains piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2,000% (3 Trusted Source).

The best curcumin supplements contain piperine, substantially increasing their effectiveness.

Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with a fatty meal.

Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Most studies used turmeric extracts that are standardized to include large amounts of curcumin.

2. Curcumin Is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound
Inflammation is incredibly important.

It helps your body fight foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing damage.

Without inflammation, pathogens like bacteria could easily take over your body and kill you.

Although acute, short-term inflammation is beneficial, it can become a major problem when it becomes chronic and inappropriately attacks your body’s own tissues.

Scientists now believe that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions (4Trusted Source, 5Trusted Source, 6Trusted Source).

Therefore, anything that can help fight chronic inflammation is of potential importance in preventing and even treating these diseases.

Curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory. In fact, it’s so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side effects (7Trusted Source, 8Trusted Source, 9Trusted Source ).

It blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of your cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. NF-kB is believed to play a major role in many chronic diseases (10, 11Trusted Source).

Without getting into the details (inflammation is extremely complicated), the key takeaway is that curcumin is a bioactive substance that fights inflammation at the molecular level (12Trusted Source, 13, 14).

Chronic inflammation contributes to many common Western diseases. Curcumin can suppress many molecules known to play major roles in inflammation.

3. Turmeric Dramatically Increases the Antioxidant Capacity of the Body
Oxidative damage is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind aging and many diseases.

It involves free radicals, highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons.

Free radicals tend to react with important organic substances, such as fatty acids, proteins or DNA.

The main reason antioxidants are so beneficial is that they protect your body from free radicals.

Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure (15Trusted Source, 16Trusted Source).

In addition, curcumin boosts the activity of your body’s own antioxidant enzymes (17, 18, 19Trusted Source).

In that way, curcumin delivers a one-two punch against free radicals. It blocks them directly, then stimulates your body’s own antioxidant defenses.

Curcumin has powerful antioxidant effects. It neutralizes free radicals on its own but also stimulates your body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
4. Curcumin Boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Linked to Improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases
Back in the day, it was believed that neurons weren’t able to divide and multiply after early childhood.

However, it’s now known that this does happen.

Neurons are capable of forming new connections, but in certain areas of the brain they can also multiply and increase in number.

One of the main drivers of this process is brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is a type of growth hormone that functions in your brain (20Trusted Source).

Many common brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of this hormone, including depression and Alzheimer’s disease (21, 22).

Interestingly, curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF (23, 24).

By doing this, it may be effective in delaying or even reversing many brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function (25Trusted Source).

It may also improve memory and make you smarter, which seems logical given its effects on BDNF levels. However, controlled studies in people are needed to confirm this (26).

Curcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in your brain.

5. Curcumin Should Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in the world (27Trusted Source).

Researchers have studied it for many decades and learned a lot about why it happens.

Unsurprisingly, heart disease is incredibly complicated and various things contribute to it.

Curcumin may help reverse many steps in the heart disease process (28Trusted Source).

Perhaps the main benefit of curcumin when it comes to heart disease is improving the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of your blood vessels.

It’s well known that endothelial dysfunction is a major driver of heart disease and involves an inability of your endothelium to regulate blood pressure, blood clotting and various other factors (29Trusted Source).

Several studies suggest that curcumin leads to improvements in endothelial function. One study found that it’s as effective as exercise while another shows that it works as well as the drug Atorvastatin (30Trusted Source, 31Trusted Source).

In addition, curcumin reduces inflammation and oxidation (as discussed above), which play a role in heart disease as well.

One study randomly assigned 121 people, who were undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery, either a placebo or 4 grams of curcumin per day, a few days before and after the surgery.

The curcumin group had a 65% decreased risk of experiencing a heart attack in the hospital (32Trusted Source).

Curcumin has beneficial effects on several factors known to play a role in heart disease. It improves the function of the endothelium and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant.
6. Turmeric Can Help Prevent (And Perhaps Even Treat) Cancer
Cancer is a terrible disease, characterized by uncontrolled cell growth.

There are many different forms of cancer, which still have several things in common. Some of them appear to be affected by curcumin supplements (33Trusted Source).

Curcumin has been studied as a beneficial herb in cancer treatment and been found to affect cancer growth, development and spread at the molecular level (34Trusted Source).

Studies have shown that it can contribute to the death of cancerous cells and reduce angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels in tumors) and metastasis (spread of cancer) (35Trusted Source).

Multiple studies indicate that curcumin can reduce the growth of cancerous cells in the laboratory and inhibit the growth of tumors in test animals (36Trusted Source, 37Trusted Source).

Whether high-dose curcumin (preferably with an absorption enhancer like piperine) can help treat cancer in humans has yet to be studied properly.

However, there is evidence that it may prevent cancer from occurring in the first place, especially cancers of the digestive system like colorectal cancer.

In a 30-day study in 44 men with lesions in the colon that sometimes turn cancerous, 4 grams of curcumin per day reduced the number of lesions by 40% (38Trusted Source).

Maybe curcumin will be used along with conventional cancer treatment one day. It’s too early to say for sure, but it looks promising and is being intensively studied.

Curcumin leads to several changes on the molecular level that may help prevent and perhaps even treat cancer.

7. Curcumin May Be Useful in Preventing and Treating Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in the world and a leading cause of dementia.

Unfortunately, no good treatment is available for Alzheimer’s yet.

Therefore, preventing it from occurring in the first place is of utmost importance.

There may be good news on the horizon because curcumin has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier (39Trusted Source).

It’s known that inflammation and oxidative damage play a role in Alzheimer’s disease, and curcumin has beneficial effects on both (40).

In addition, a key feature of Alzheimer’s disease is a buildup of protein tangles called amyloid plaques. Studies show that curcumin can help clear these plaques (41Trusted Source).

Whether curcumin can really slow down or even reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in people is currently unknown and needs to be studied properly.

Curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier and has been shown to lead to various improvements in the pathological process of Alzheimer’s disease.
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8. Arthritis Patients Respond Very Well to Curcumin Supplements
Arthritis is a common problem in Western countries.

There are several different types, most of which involve inflammation in the joints.

Given that curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory compound, it makes sense that it may help with arthritis.

Several studies show this to be true.

In a study in people with rheumatoid arthritis, curcumin was even more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug (42Trusted Source).

Many other studies have looked at the effects of curcumin on arthritis and noted improvements in various symptoms (43Trusted Source, 44Trusted Source).

Arthritis is a common disorder characterized by joint inflammation. Many studies show that curcumin can help treat symptoms of arthritis and is in some cases more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs.

9. Studies Show That Curcumin Has Incredible Benefits Against Depression
Curcumin has shown some promise in treating depression.

In a controlled trial, 60 people with depression were randomized into three groups (45Trusted Source).

One group took Prozac, another group one gram of curcumin and the third group both Prozac and curcumin.

After 6 weeks, curcumin had led to improvements that were similar to Prozac. The group that took both Prozac and curcumin fared best (45Trusted Source).

According to this small study, curcumin is as effective as an antidepressant.

Depression is also linked to reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and a shrinking hippocampus, a brain area with a role in learning and memory.

Curcumin boosts BDNF levels, potentially reversing some of these changes (46).

There is also some evidence that curcumin can boost the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine (47, 48).

A study in 60 people with depression showed that curcumin was as effective as Prozac in alleviating symptoms of the condition.

10. Curcumin May Help Delay Aging and Fight Age-Related Chronic Diseases
If curcumin can really help prevent heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s, it would have obvious benefits for longevity.

For this reason, curcumin has become very popular as an anti-aging supplement (49Trusted Source).

But given that oxidation and inflammation are believed to play a role in aging, curcumin may have effects that go way beyond just preventing disease (50Trusted Source).

Due to its many positive health effects, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer, curcumin may aid longevity.
The Bottom Line
Turmeric and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer.

It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.

If you want to buy a turmeric/curcumin supplement, there is an excellent selection on Amazon with thousands of great customer reviews.

It’s recommended to find a product with BioPerine (the trademarked name for piperine), which is the substance that enhances curcumin absorption by 2,000%.

Without this substance, most of the curcumin just passes through your digestive tract.


This is not to address any one in particular, but these are my general observations on all open letters.

I have been reading all the comments in the News, Social Media and our Groups and at times been totally, aghast.

I call such ‘Social Media Open Letters’ plain nonsense aimed only for grand standing in front of their social circles that stand every Fauji on a pedestal, even if he was out or was a known cribber and shirker of work & responsibility in his times hence, ‘From The Ashoka Chakra Battalion’ is showmanship aimed to bolster his arguments that he feels may not stand rationality. Its like a cheap Bollywood poster to woo an audience, for a better metaphor.

In fact such a use of a Battalion Honour for such frivolous personal reason is an insult to the Battalion and the men who earned the honour for the Battalion.

If well intended, why can’t he express the angst of his open letter, to the Defence Minister in an open fora like News Paper or in the many feedback methods on websites, PM Apps etc or Twitter handles, Facebook Page etc of the PMO, Defence Ministry, Indian Army where the veracity of his arguments can be tested and he accounted for good or bad?

Let us see to whom has this open letter been addressed to? The COAS? The CDS? Def Min? PM? Supreme Court? All options are open! But do we see any addresses? No?

So is it addressed only to idlers playing WhatsApp-WhatsApp or Social-Media-Games!?

This is what I call utter nonsense and grandstanding.
This ‘opinion mongering’ is now a rampant disease brought on by Media & Social Media that’s given all a platform and the performers a stage.

I saw a very stuffy, stiff, pompous General who hasn’t out grown his Regimental Side Cap and Scarf through the age between his commissioning, retirement and his apparently complicated status today on TV, espousing what the CO in the Handwara Case should have or should not have done!

I want to know from this Gentleman’s Course-Mates and his Buddies, how did he perform in testing situations, about where all did he serve and how did he deal with such situations when he was that age and if at all he volunteered to be in those situations in which Rashtriya-Rifles finds itself time & again, where men are not just pulled out of Battalions / Regiments as the best, but also sent out as the worst.

I would also like to ask such mentally stunted edifices our Army gracefully puts out to pasture, what did he do to enhance the Army’s over all standards at least among the generations he served with and commanded at various levels?

After all we don’t employ the domestic household plumber, industrially nor in let’s say in the next ship being built for NASA or even, city sanitation plants!

So how can one size fit all in the Army, except on Social Media, where other Army professionals do not contest and choose to remain silent to avoid adverse publicity to the Service they cherish, while ‘likes’ & ‘Wow’ comments leave an old Fashioned Foggy’s remaining adrenaline moving, in otherwise quivering limbs?

This is, self-aggrandisement at its poorest, that too by using a situational episode about which the truth has yet to come out.

It is a ‘no-brainer’ that, two situations are never the same.

Also, many experienced at higher levels of command will agree that at every level of hierarchy we need different kinds of leadership.

Apart from the basics traits, the specific leadership parameters required of a leader at different levels are vastly divergent.

Even policy implementation leadership, at levels directly in command of situations and those far removed from direct command, at the delegation and resources allocation levels, are different and divergent; which are even further different, from the forecasting, planning and policy creation levels.

Thus we have different kinds of leadership requirements for different tasks at different levels.

Imagine the chaos that would occur if the COAS alone dealt with all Arms & Services at their implementation levels, directly!

Within each level too, say at the battalion level, a Company Commander & a Commanding Officer have to be many kinds of a leader at different times and God forbid at the same time eg autocratic at a place and point of time while being democratic at another place at the same time!

Totally divorced from all forms of leadership, is the one that’s forced onto a leader in impromptu situations, where the leader has to react to an initiative of the opposition.

This is Situational Leadership and it is very different from all forms of studied leadership styles in it’s requirements of spontaneity of assessment, decision making and implication. It’s a gamble & un-retrievable after the dice is cast.

Seizing the initiative to upset the opposition’s leadership style is a very major & extremely potent weapon in any arsenal if thought through finely.

Many otherwise very good & able leaders, may or may not have competencies for such a style and this is not what Armies can bank on or espouse as doctrine to be taught in their trainings.

Yet they are all leaders, but for God’s sake each of different types at variety of levels, for regular and extraordinary tasks, hence very different from each other, if seen minutely!

A Battalion Commander’s mind-set can foul up Brigade or a Divisional or an Army’s action as much as the vice-versa, is true.

This is true of every successful organisation public, private, political, philanthropist etc, and the Army is simply, no exception.

It has to have these differences built into its organisational structures, vision and systems for synchronised effective functioning at all levels.

We must believe that the Indian Army has this very well instituted, simply because it’s been proven more than once for over 200 years as an allied or as purely, the Indian Army.

Obviously, there are many glitches too, as there are the volume of ongoing operations. I guess one of the, if not the highest in the World, for 70 years!

At a very different level from ground zero, it could be seen as a massive leadership failure, like presiding over, deliberate martyrdom of willing soldiers for 70 years and counting, just because we failed to address the geopolitical, social, economic issue!?

Correcting various statistics of casualty ratios is possible, but only when the initiative is seized to allow implementation of planned operations, in planned ways and that can happen only at a very different level of leadership, not ‘in the situation‘ kind of leadership.

Hence it’s not the situational leaders, deaths that have to be lamented but the reason for this situation to have manifested and remained so for so long!

That inaction has to be questioned and the lack of clarity of orders need to be questioned if at all there exists such a utopia where the enemy can never seize the initiative.

Meanwhile, we have to thank God for giving us leaders who volunteer to buy our ‘near utopia planners’, time and who the entire Nation hopes don’t twiddle their thumbs & thoughts too much, worrying about the last dot and the dash on paper or how to sneak their philosophies beyond the bureaucracy with their own careers intact!

It is akin to the writing a Bollywood masala thriller, where the original plot was long lost to mixed wisdoms of the financers and aesthetics of divergent actors who make every and any action movie their very own ‘make or break career story‘.

Neither the utopian Shri Ram, Shri Mahaveerā, Lord Christ, nor The One & Only Allah have the benefit of avoiding unknown situations but they all had to live through them, while Shri Krishnā & Guru Nanak Dev fought & lived through to preach, methods to convert ackward situations to their favour. However none were able to avoid them. All dubbed these pesky unwanted but ‘in the face impromptu situations‘ as karmā or an equivalent.

To desire and ensure that each soldier is as capable and has all competencies ingrained to deal with any and all situations every time, in an constantly changing Army, is an awesome utopian dream & task that every Army of the World grapples with continuously to achieve.

Our Army too has been assessing, organising, training and revamping in the past, today and it will continue, beyond us too.

Meanwhile, Armies can only hope, to remain ahead of unprecedented situations, that are political, administrative, social and economic in nature by having and holding the hands of varied types of leaders at each rung of hierarchy that a decision will metamorphose through.

While all types of leaders and staff continuously huddle over to create a single homogeneous overall elixir of a solution or heterogeneous sectorial panache and provide sense & clarity to operating rank & file, they also have to constantly fight themselves and ward off continuous obsolescence of their own ideas, which hopefully they are honest about.

Such preparatory time is precious and not easily available to all Armies, definitely not to the Indian Army that is, at least presently, saddled with a reactionary strategy unfortunately, very cleverly forced on us not just on the borders but now in the hinterlands too in various political, religious, ethnic, economic, demographic, psychological, biological & chemical forms of skirmish warfare, all rolled into one, aimed to stall and trip India’s progress while Central leadership ties up its lose ends in other departments, like urgent reforms for seamless functioning by Central & State Police Services, Intelligence Agencies as well as Administrative & Political set ups too, for a beginning.

Reactionary actions, are almost always situational, they never have the liberty of initiatives or any proactive planned engagements at all and in these, the leader on the ground has to decide the ‘leadership hat style‘ he will wear on a particular day or to the situations that have developed.

This has been true since the very advent of soldiery and has definitely been so since it became a tool of state craft for maintenance of a nation’s integrity & will.

Situational leaders are and will remain the backbone & survival kit of complacent higher leadership until the strategic leadership devices solutions that will permit them to pass clear orders that COs will neither interfere in ongoing impromptu Subunit operations personally, nor will they be held accountable for impromptu situation going bad.

That’s utopia!

No CO worth his salt will ever let his lower commanders down.

He is the Chief Executive Officer accountable for every limb and life of not only the 1000 odd men under command and ready to lay down their lives at his command, but is also a leader to their families. Not to forget the population & property in the area under his command that are in his watch and finally, his own life limb which come last always and every time.

Let’s thank God we have such leaders volunteering to walk into harm’s way, for the sakes of the strategists & philosophers working for 70 years to avoid impromptu situations developing and taking the battles where solutions to internal security cum proxy warfare are actually located.

Hence, let’s not be myopic. Let’s critique but with positive solutions not silly, emotional critical commentary on what we don’t know a thing about.

For example,
What was the information on which the Battalion reacted?
What were the inputs?
What were the situation, terrain, demographics etc?
Was the officer mentally imbalanced to the point of being rash?
Is all that the Social Media is mentioning anything new now, that the CO wouldn’t have already known in his 20 odd years of service?
If he was sane enough, what prompted him to get into the affray personally?
Were our men taken hostage, with the civilians?
How experienced was the Coy Cdr?
Did he falter so the CO had to step in to help correct the situation?

What exactly happened?
… This can go on and on.

Yet, the fact of my favourite cleché is played out with every fallen man in battle, own or enemy–

A Dead soldier is so, because he did not see and assess the enemy better in the moment of reckoning, period.”

That in any case is the bottom line and is true over multiple transactional domains.

The problem is we like to judge!

It gives our lazy brains an adrenaline shot, that Media & Social Media have addicted us to.

We feel, all that we couldn’t do then, we can live & experience now, while our own wise wives who know is better, don’t even raise an eyebrow saying-
“Chai Pee Lo. Garam hai. Khud, Thand Rakho. Duniya ka kuch nahi hona. Apna BP dekhlena“.

Social Media is a surely blessing for prostate and a curse of negativity, for the brain.

Remember the powers that be, in the heavens and at home are watching silently and keenly, for the rationality or our thoughts and the peace of our souls!

Col Dilip Sharma (Retired)


Please Note:

This writeup is unedited.

Please pardon the typo errors and the repetitive parts.





Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Address To India On 19 March 2020

Shri Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India

PM’s Address:

Gratifying to have a fantastic leader like Shri Narendra Modiji, at the helm in India under the circumstances & times, the World is passing through.

He has spoken Like a true, mature, hands-on, democratic leader.

The suggested “Janata Curfew” is a wonderful gradual escalatory approach to any major steps that may be required in the near future, by involving the masses.

The act of self quarantine and gratitude to those who keep essential services open will, I’m sure invoke much more volunteer & larger social quarantine and other steps if, God forbid, are required.

It also sends a very clear, though benign, messaging to the protestors, opposition opportunists etc before enforcement of laws and its strict implication is brought on to the streets.

Provides State & Central Admin & Police, Medical, Para-Medical etc services time to gear up, if not already so.

Much Strength To Modiji.

My two bits🙏🏼

Colonel Dilip Sharma (Retd) ICF



Notes For Detractors:


Detractors Claim: PM ModiJi has copied from the Italian, Spanish & Chinese

Reply: I’m absolutely apolitical, but very open & loud in my support of the best practices for the Nation.

The approach ModiJi’s taken for our nation is unique.

The diverse & huge nation he leads is 10 times that of Italy.

1st cases reported in Italy & India were only a day apart, yet today the situations in the two nations are hugely different, with us in the positive with 10 times more population if not more.

Italy even today hasn’t got its act together. They are even today at a level where they are passing laws banning orgies???!!!

We are better, at least today.

China lied for two months and has yet to come clean on the how’s, why’s & where of the epidemic, despite the World facing deaths due to its misadventures or carelessness, have it any way.

Further, in a Communist nation with a President & Party Chairman appointed for life, segregation is simpler and doesn’t need the delicacy shown by our PM today.

There are no comparables.

Lastly, even if beyond all this we (God Forbid) go down the hill, shall we not support the man at the helm, beyond our likes/dislikes, if just to get the act together and win over the situation?

Otherwise, what else are we a team, society, cultural identity, or a Nation for?

Note 2:

Detractors compare PM Modiji’s Speech to Other World leaders, in this case the Canadian PM.


To those who are comparing PM ModiJi’s Speech with other the Canadian PM,

Yes I heard both👍🏼

Two very different PMs, appealing to

two very different people with,two very different cultures, very different economies,in very different georaphies, that the opposition to Modi would like to compare in immaturity to try and prove an absurd point without realising in their vanity, that their own and the survival of their party cadres are at present dependent only on this one man, Narendra ModiJi !

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May be I have watched too many TV debates since the talk & I guess felt compelled to add this note.🙏🏼😊



Gar Sitam mit jaye,
~Pak irade fir buland ho jayeñ,
~Tab aana dard ki apni dehleez paar Kar…

•Tab sunenge aap ki taqreer,
~Jholiyan bhi bhar denge hum,
~Allah ke sahi pak farmano se,
~Aap ke zeham ko taza karne ko…

•Tab tak rakhe apne app ko mehfooz,
~Khahiñ GHQ Islamabad me pannha,
~Korani jihad ke burqe me,
Allah ke farmano ke khilaaf NaPak Baagi,
~Apne NaPak irado ke liye,
maang hi na le quarbani,
~Apne he Rab, Allah ke baad,
Apni hi masoom quaam ke baad,
~Aap ki bhi, Aap ke Parivaar ki bhi!…

•Yehi hai mustaqbal nazara
~Jo Janañ ke Sufi dekh rahe hai,
~Aane wale kal ke NaPak, Pak Ka….

– Col Dilip Sharma (Retd)

Indian Army Veteran

Poetic Politics

And Our Poetic Times! 😁

Divided We Live, Fight & Die!

Between Sharks, Barbs And Condescending Platitudes!

Manipulated, Exploited, Compromised By Hope, Promises & Dreams!

The best politician is a goon,
Who will get you earlier than soon…

Administering complex structures,
of economy, industry, religion, emotions & lives,
needs the most devious minds…

Survival of a nation in a real World politic,
depends as much on the cunning as on the silly & brave theatrics…

‘Machiavellianism’, betrayals, manipulations & the deceptive,
are the tools of the trade that feed on virtues taught to brainwash voters at the hastings…

The virtuous fail & stay out scared,
while the devious rule the golden eggs, in the roost…

Mankind has yet to see a virtuous leader,
who made it & remained atop long enough without cheating or ado…

No politician does good,
only for the people who entrusted him,
its his party coffers first & only through his HQs loyalties,
that his Nation is addressed…

Third party national loyalties are the only best,
soldiers get to lay down their lives for,
professionals stake their careers on,
and farmers, people get to stake their lives & futures on …

By the sheer power of goodness,
or just for it’s sake,
it’s difficult to find a national saviour,
who’s an idealist, statesman, a real Mahatma, Lincoln, Degaulle, Bradley, Mandela, Jaiprakash, Vajpayee or a Patel …

Masquerades, sham & the bombast,
are what people lap up in comfort & romance,
attuned by the romance, escapades on silver screens & stories dished out,
in media & less than smart mobile scams..

Well, that is all people of the World & Nations,
gated in country, sectorial, religious & race boundaries can settle for,
for they will always need their best goon to represent them at high tables of other international goons,
when they have the best to bid for….

The poetic justice of our times,
is to be only served by hosts,
who have a hand deep into our pockets,
and another holding a noose around our necks…

Dream not for a Golden Sparrow,
That’s almost extinct,
Vote rather for a conscious stricken man,
Even if he protests vehemently & blames you of,
Staking him to be a martyr….

That friends in short, is the story of our times…

Col Dilip Sharma (Re-attired)


(Painting Credits & Thanks: Jay Cheshes in Salon, France)

(Cartoon Credits with thanks: Michael Ramirez)

(All Credits with Thanks to the Cartoonist)

“Real World politics has strange bedfellows only because, money, power & the nefarious need mutual survival fixing

Col Dilip Sharma (Retired)ICF

Post WWII & Post Colonial Great Britain, must have celebrated the appointment of a British Chief Of Army Staff to head & give direction to the New Pakistani Army in 1947 & get an opportunity to retain strategic frontiers, with opportunities to foray into resource rich Afghanistan, Tibet & Central Asia & fight or stall the march of Communism into its areas of interest in the Indian Ocean.

Great Britain brought up Pakistani Army to ensure its own interests & through it the interests of its Allies remain successful in the Indian Subcontinent with respect to the then USSR & an emerging China, by a series’ of measures aimed to maintain long lasting influence, under an excuse of giving the fledgling Nation an identity different from India, but so consuming that Pak should remain subjugated in thought for ever to the Great Britain & it’s Allies.

What were these measures and actions?

What were the main stages of Pakistan’s metamorphosis, that have led it to its present sad state?

Measures that gifted Pakistan to an Army & metamorphosed the Nation for 70 yrs to its present demonic state, in my opinion are as follows:

1. Existing British Colonial Laws that subjugated & handed undemocratic almost colonial favours to those in power. Most of these have remain unchanged, unchallenged and have given the Pakistani Army a legal fig leaf of succour.

2. Creation of new generations educated on a syllabus & history tweaked to ensure a new bigoted identity different from India, rooted in Anti-India Anti-Hindu Anti-Asian & a deeply embedded fear psychosis against an Indian take over! All this to ensure the primacy & supremacy of the Pakistani Army remained unchallenged as the only savior from this preconceived threat.

3. Brainwashing, a thus traumatised population, to align with the new Pakistani Muslim Arab identity in the Middle East & weening it away from the subcontinent using an extreme perverted version of Islam as an attractive elixir. (Arab oil having gained importance as a strategic resource in WWII & for economy beyond 1947. It suited the West well & was a handy tool to raise a committed mercenary Army).

4. Highlighting importance of maintaining a strong Pakistani Army by periodically but continuously initiating wars & proxy conflicts with India as a safe guard against the democratic aspirations of its own people. Thus converting India into a regulatory tool for maintaining the Pakistani Army’s supremacy in the country, it now owned.

5. Ensuring Pakistani Army Generals got all the importance & visuals in all foreign affair dealings, thus projecting them as the best inheritors of power to deal with post independence chaos existing in the Nation.

6. Attempts to regain a legally acceded J&K with Kabilis (Razakars/Mujahideen) mixed with Pakistani Army regulars in 1947, initiating 1965 war & the treatment of East Pakistan as an exploitable colony till 1971 & then the bogey of J&K created an aura of strength, giving hope & romanticism to the new Nation about its Army’s capabilities amply supported by the West.

7. Meanwhile Pakistani Army did what it’s mentors wanted – provide mercenary manpower & logistics to Allies during Cold War & beyond, thus cementing intelligence links between ISI, CIA etc that developed into a “Dark Old Errant Boys Club” as funds got siphoned & diverted off for personal & other causes within Pakistan and amongst lobbyists in UK & US if not in other countries.

8. Subjugation of the Pakistani-Nation & operating for Funding-Masters became the Life Line & the main line of business of Pakistani Army Generals, who are deeply invested in real estate & financial endeavours World wide from the ill begotten wealth, with help from those countries intelligence agencies and now form an extensive conglomerate of terror, drug, weapons, exploitable resources & Global politics.

9. Whenever World & Pakistani Civil Society’s clamour for Democracy threatened Pakistani Army or demands of its paymaster & funding-siphons increased, the Pakistani Army’s turned on it’s own Nation, making the environment more vicious, repressive, bigoted & fanatical based on fear, hate & extremism. If the opposition became stronger, a ‘Free Islamic Kashmir’ or blowing a war trumpet against India, became the norm. All this was basically, to continue business as a cosy club that took Western Aid through lobbyist, passed on percentages all around, shined off a lot of it within the Army & created a sham on ground for paid World wide media that bandied Aided Projects, as great achievements. It was/is a good business that anticorruption agencies or media of conscience may follow up sometime in future across the Globe. All artificial, like the silicon implants, remain & leaves lasting evidence!

10. Afghan crisis elevated Pakistani Army to new levels of mercenary involvement & new siphons to settle Pakistani Elite abroad & sucking Pakistani Nation into a vortex energised by strong forces but fickle as tactical mercenary engagements are and those which have kept the Pakistan Nation, unhinged for 70 yrs.

11. The 9/11 Twin Towers collapse, forced mentors of Pakistani Army & their Allies, to move more with the dynamics of their people’s demands than, entirely with what the lobbyists in Governments or subverted Intelligence & State Department equivalents wanted. The entire funding chain went cold, when exposed to full public view.

12. The Pakistani Nation was accused & suffered worse for the terror coming from the conscription of the sons of their soil by their own rogue Army; but even through this crisis Pakistani Army Generals thrived, as the intelligence secrets of the Allies they held, had cause for hiding and thus became dearer!

13. Meanwhile, new economic paradigms evolved and conflicts gained new dimensions.

14. Multipolar Boardroom Economic conflicts took over from heavily armed bigoted mercenary boots hiding within populations across the Globe.

15. Exposed, Pakistani Army Mercenary Intelligence & Foot Soldiers lost currency & swag.

16. Brainwashed bigotry & mercenary factories in hinterlands of Pakistan asserted themselves, blackmailing the Army itself & turning against it.

17. Lack of development & hope in a malnourished economy, dried out by its own Army, left Pakistani citizens choices of either going abroad or other no good options of – penury living, insurgency, Islamic bigotry, Govt or in the Army as regulars or casual labour Jihadis.

18. Meanwhile, years of subjugation took roots and demonstrated nuisance-value, became selection criterias!

19. Rapists, plunderers, arsonists & murderers qualify as good Jihadis! Smugglers, as economic & logistic coordinators! The mercenary machine creates novel schemes for the depraved.

20. Sadly, true Islam & the majority of brutalised simple good Pakistani human beings are left with no saviors.

21. Sadly, a happy economically secure Pakistan never had much use for a self-serving Army since the time it was handed over a Country by the British Generals. No wonder then, that Army never fought with enough candour anywhere after WWII and that too as an Indian Army!

22. Ironically, Pakistani Generals and exposed mercenaries are of no use to shrewd polished economic diplomacy that depends more on votes of their populations & their well-being for tax collections than corporate lobbyists can extract from shady businesses.

23. Search for new mentors Eastwards in China & Russia does not suit present lot of the Pakistani Army Generals. These countries have very different dynamics, but definitely not ones to fuel Pakistani Generals interests in the West nor are these Nations desirous of providing lucrative exile or exit options. Western intelligence agencies too watch these parleys closely at least till the worth of the secrets hidden remains necessary, beyond which the pack of cards is surely to fall in time.

24. Today, that is the new fear gripping Puppet Governments & a Demonic Pakistani Military State, that was meant only for the Pure!

Sadly an economically strong Pakistan that is in the interests of the Pakistani population, India, the Subcontinent and the World, but not for the demonic Pakistani Army, it’s servile Polity, the subverted Western Intelligence sleuths and their lobbyists in those Governments.

Interesting emerging side show!

Colonel Dilip Sharma (Retired) ICF


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