JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

The Soldier and the State in India by Ayesha Ray

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  • July 2013
    Volume: 
    7
    Issue: 
    3
    Book Review

    The Indian armed forces were inherited from the British on attaining Independence. The Indian soldier, who forms a part of the three services, has been involved in combat right from the time the nation was formed. He has always followed Field Marshal Philip Chetwode’s motto which states that the honour, safety and welfare of the country comes first always and every time; the honour, safety and welfare of the men you command comes next; and your own comfort comes last always and every time. Whatever be the situation, the soldier has placed service before self, and served the nation, its elected representatives and its people, with humility, courage and fortitude. He has always risen to the occasion, and has enabled the nation to grow into the world’s biggest and most vibrant democracy. At the current juncture, the Indian armed forces are professional, and can execute operations with military precision.

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