The latest release of film super star Rajnikant’s movie Robot has taken the box office by storm. This Mahrashtrian superstar who stars in Tamil films has an appeal that transcends gender, race and state. Rajnikant even at the ripe age of 64 storms the silver screen like a tornado. In fact his role and demeanour would do credit to younger actors. But there is no denying the fact that Rajnikant is a superstar who cannot be matched by any other Indian star on the screen. He also the highest paid as well.
In October 1862 Tewodros II, emperor of Ethiopia, sent a letter to Queen Victoria asking for an alliance. The letter was ignored by the British government. As there was no reply from the British government, the Ethiopian emperor imprisoned some Europeans and he British envoy in anger. This led to the expedition.
A) Intervention in the Maldives. On a request from president Gloom that an insurrection had taken place he ordered the Indian Army Exams to run at a distance of over 1000 miles in the Indian Ocean. As the giant ‘big birds’ euphuism for the IL 76 took off with Para troopers under Brigadier ‘Bull’ Balsara all of us felt proud that the joinindianarmy was showing global reach. It had never happened before and this action put India in the ranks of countries with away operational capability. People in the know at that time can vouchsafe that both Pakistan and China were alarmed at this demonstration of indian army exams and air force ability.
The other revelation I had that day, reading so many agnostic web sites, were all the so-called Christians who participate in their web site, making the site far more popular than it really is.
The Eastern Command was in existence, but the IAF never carried out any exercises for hill attacks and operations. All the exercises were carried out for operations in the plains. This is hard to stomach now and the role of successive Air Chiefs from Air Marshal S Mukherjee down wards needs evaluation. The IAF was not conditioned for any form of operation in the hills and the heights of the Himalayas. However the IAF was combat ready for operations in the plains. Thus when the PLA moved in a logical corollary would have been to use the IAF as a ground support to blunt the Chinese offensive. This however did not happen and the Army fought it’s battle without Air Support. Thus the cardinal principle of Douhet was thrown to the winds.
This cantonment town was founded in 1818 by Sir John Malcolm a scot as a result of the Treaty of Mandsaur between the English and the Holkars. John Malcolm had also fought at the battle of Mahidpur under Hislop. MHOW was always an important British cantonment and serviced the entire central India. The 5 division of the Southern Army was stationed at MHOW during the days of the Raj.
It was about 10 in the morning. We were all waiting for the Tunku in the reception room cum office, staked with expensive souvenirs, trophies, walking sticks and memorabilia.
Here was a man who if he represented dynastic policies then it was good, for what matters is not dynasty but performance. In this Rajiv and Sanjay deserve mention as shining examples of Indian polity.