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1) Each branch of armed forces extolling its own importance is not helping our ability to prepare for the future. Analyze in the context of need of a unified military command in India.(250 words)

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1) Each branch of armed forces extolling its own importance is not helping our ability to prepare for the future. Analyze in the context of need of a unified military command in India.(250 words)

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Why this question

Modern warfare has changed a lot and old military strategies are no longer relevant. In this context, it is essential to analyze the desirability of a unified military command in India. The article provides arguments in favour of such an integrated command.

Directive word

Analyze- Here we  have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts, and present them as a whole in a summary.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to delve deep into the Indian defence system and discuss why each service is extolling its own importance and then discuss why it is necessary to have an integrated command in India. We have to discuss the reasons in favour of the integrated command.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– write a few lines about India’s defence system- no of personnel, divisions into army, navy and airforce etc.

Body-

  • Discuss the pitfalls of giving primary importance to any one branch of defense. E.g discuss the different geographic realms into which India might need to operate- himalayas, Indian ocean, western border and eastern border; mention the unpredictable nature, arena and tactics of the war which negate the idea of placing primary reliance on any one branch of armed forces etc.
  • Discuss the benefits of having an integrated command. E.g better management of material and human resources; a unified command will integrate interoperability and pave way for better  strategy making; quicker decision making etc.

Conclusion–  Based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.