A talk from an Expert - Past, Present & Future of the Indian Army

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Dehradun 18 April. The fourth edition of the 'A Talk from an Expert' program was grandly organized today at the Swami Vivekananda Auditorium of Uttaranchal University. Renowned Defense Analyst Major General (Retd.) G. D. Bakshi was present on the occasion as the chief guest and expert interlocutor. The topic of the talk was 'Past, Present and Future of the Indian Army'. On the arrival of General Bakshi at the University, the cadets of the National Cadet Corps gave him traditional greetings. At the outset floral tribute was paid to the immortal soldiers by presenting wreath at the Shaurya Wall by Maj. Gen. Bakshi.

Maj. Gen. Bakshi was felicitated by the Chancellor of the University, Mr. Jitendra Joshi along with Mr. S. K. Mehta, with a bouquet of flowers and a memento. The program was coordinated by Pro. Vice Chancellor Prof. Rajesh Bahuguna.

Maj. Gen. Bakshi started his address in high spirit which is his usual style. He explained the past, present and future of the Indian Army by linking it to his own life journey. Born in a military family, Maj. General Bakshi said that Kistwar was the area in Kashmir where his elder brother had sacrificed his life during the 1965 war, where he had spent his childhood with his family, and the same place where he led a brigade and put up a brave fight against the enemy. General Bakshi became emotional while narrating the vivid story of Indo-Pak war of 1971. It was his first experience to participate in this war which lasted for 13 days in which the Indian army gave incomparable sacrifice but ultimately won. Hearing the story of Kargil war, the feeling of patriotism filled the auditorium. He narrated his experiences of dealing with terrorists in Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir and said that fighting terrorists is more challenging for the army than war. He shared with the students the experience of killing hard terrorists Abu Mustafa, Abu Ghulam and Abu Umaid in the year 2001. He said that those who kill innocent children, old men and women are only terrorists and it is foolish to leave them alive.

Speaking on the use of artificial intelligence in Russia-Ukraine war, he said that artificial intelligence is not a substitute for the army. Speaking on the military power of neighbouring countries, he said that even if Pakistan, China and Afghanistan come together, India will overpower them. In his message to the students, he said that this 72-year-old soldier has brought a burning torch to Uttaranchal University. It is now the responsibility of the students to take care of it and take it forward. He told the youth that there is no better career option than the Armed Forces.

Those present on the occasion were Chancellor Shri Jitender Joshi, Vice Chairperson Smt. Anuradha Joshi, Vice President Satbir Sehgal, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dharam Buddhi, S. K. Mehta, Executive Directors Dr. Abhishek Joshi & Ankita Joshi, Pro Vice Chancellor Prof. Rajesh Bahuguna, Prof. Shravan Kumar, Prof. Somal Sharma Prof. Poonam Rawat, Dr. V. Bhuvneswari and hundreds of faculty members and students.

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