Military reviewing range of traditions as 'colonial practices': Source

The practice of affiliating Indian Army units with foreign (mainly British) units, based on hard battles fought together before Independence, is also under review

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Ajai Shukla New Delhi
India’s military, a British-led force till the time of Independence, inherited the traditions and professional practices of the British armed services — with marked similarities such as navy captains “going down with the ship”; and infantry attacks on strong enemy positions being led by a junior officer.

India’s army, however, is now considering “doing away with British colonial legacy”, for which it “is essential to move away from the archaic and ineffective practice”.

At the Army Headquarters on Wednesday, Adjutant General Lt General Bansi Ponnappa chaired a discussion on whether to do away, or retain, a range of “colonial” practices and traditions. These are listed in a document according to a source who has reviewed it.

First Published: Sep 21 2022 | 8:12 PM IST

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