Tuesday, August 16, 2016

4.The command.

                        Readers may be aware that a Division in the Indian Army is the first self sustaining all arms composit unit.That means it will have elements of all arms and services and is capable of taking an assignment independently as situation demands.
                     So serving in a Division in any capacity is a prestegious thing for Army officers.4  Engineer Regiment was the Divisional Engineer Regiment of 5 Mountain Division which was given the responsibility of guarding the Kemeng sector of Arunachal pradesh-Tibet border.
                        The General officer who are selected to command a Division is generally a high flying officer and aspires to become the Chief of Army Staff.He expects that all sub unit commanders in his Division  are also of high caliber officers.
                         Under these circumstances Ganesan had established that he is not a "yes master" and takes care of his men under his command very seriously.
               Tenga valley where the HQ was located on the banks of "Tenga chu" often gets flash flood  and some times it is so severe that even bridges gets washed away.In such cases the bridge is written off and new bridge is constructed.So all along the river one can see plenty of steel girders and other materials.
                Ganesan had ordered his troops to collect usefull such items and construt foot bridge for the benifit of local civilians.When one such foot bridge was constructed Ganesan went to the G O C and requested him to inaugurate the Bridge.
                    The G O C said"Ganesan ,I dont like buttering.Please get the bridge opened by one of your men"
                        Ganesan was shocked as the G O C misunderstood his intention,
                 Without any hesitation he replied,
                                    Sir.I am a non psc (passed staff college) officer who has come to command a Div Engineer Regiment. This out of shear merit and not due to buttering.This you may come to know as time passes.Sorry for disturbing you.
                       Ganesan saluted and walked away.He served under that G O C for about a year and not even once he had  gone to G O C for any such courtesy calls.

                   More to come.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The command-3

The command-3
Ganesan started local enquiries about missing personnel in that areas.ITBP(Indo-Tibetian Border Police) and local people revealed different stories.whan a person is physically exhausted especially in high altitude areas he reaches a state of hallucination(illusion)and in that state he will be in  state of transe and walks freely without any perception of danger and may fall thousands of feet down.A normal person will not go to such an edge in search of him.ITBP people confirmed such loss of persons.
   In the mean time Ganesan callled the family members of that missing person and did further enquiries.with all these feedback Ganesan decided that
declaring him as deserter will not be correct.He should be declared as "Missing".since the case was closed earlier Ganesan wrote an application to Adjutant General  of the Indian Army stating all the facts.The difference between desertion and missing are like this;Desertion is an offence and the unit has to search for him.All the family allotment of the jawan will be stopped immediately.The desertion was only a presumption and not a confirmed fact.compared to this missing is like an accident and still the unit will keep searching for him;but the family allotment will not be stopped.For 10 years this process will continue and if the person is still not traced,he will be presumed to be dead.All the benifits of dead will go to the family.
so Ganesan sent an application through proper channel to Adjutant General at Army head quarters.It is needless to mention that up the channel no one supported the case as the Div commander already counter signed "derertion".About a month might have passed.one fine morning letter came from AHQ stating that "inthe light of commanding officer's explanation,the case be treated as missing and the findings of the court of enquiry be re written as MISSING.It was the first success step taken by Ganesan
More to continue....


Saturday, November 7, 2015

The command 2

The command-2
Command of  troops is a highly psycho analysis job keeping in picture your professional skill and the spirit of justice.If you have claimed the ladder just by pleasing senior officers you will certainly be  a white elephant to troops.In the present scenario of crises a jawan shooting an officer can not be ruled out.
    under such circumstances the file declaring a jawan deserter duly approved by higher authorities came to Ganesan.The unit has to trace the where about of him,recover govt property,the rifle and take discipilnery action.In the mean time his family allotment if any will be stopped.It was just first few weeks after taking over command.Ganesan called theJCO and NCO associated with the event and under stood the matter.When an event like this takes place in an area close to international border.the best option for senior officers would be do something and close the file.That is what happened.Ganesan never go through the line of least resistence.He will always take a tough path which others hesitate to take.
    The next dayGanesan decided to walk along the route through wich the team had gone.It was certainly tough and by the time Ganesan reached the spot where the jawan was last seen,his legs were trembling and paining very badly.He sat down there.I f this is the condition for a  tough officer like Ganesan,certainly it would have been worst for the jawan.
   Ganesan decided to see the case in different angle.
To be contd..... 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The command-1

The command-1
  The readers would have observed that 4 Engineer Regt and even the location Tenga is not new to Ganesan.So he started his work as a routine.Though the Regimental location was Tenga as affliated Engineer Regt of 5 Mountatain Division one FdCoy was at Sela and another Fd Coy at Tawang.So Ganesan was moving up and down frequently.
Adiscplinery case happened in the unit few days before Ganesan joining.One jawan on his way along with a team to operational location (altitude-4770 metre) dis appeared and the court of enquiry headed by a Brigadier declared him as a Deserter and the closed file came to  Ganesan for taking action.Ganesan called for details.The Fd coy moved to Point 4770 for Defence works about a month before.As there is no road to this point it was 2 days marching from road head.There was a resting place midway for night halt.complete movement including stores is by foot and mules.Wprking parties to to the site and leave party from the site used to go now and then.
  once a party of 5 jawans started from Tenga for the Pt 4770.They went upto a place near Jang by vehicle and from there started climbing the hill.A sapper by name Murugan was weak and was lagging behind.The team were to carry their own bedding,7.62 SLR rifle andpacked food for a day.By the evening they were near the staging camp and coy rep came to meet them.since Murugan was lagging behind the coy rep was told to go down and help Murugan.The coy rep went down some distance and returned to the staging camp as he could not see Murugan.The team and coy rep came down searching for Murugan again and it was getting dark.They reported the mater to company commander and in turn to Brigade HQ.Next day the whole Bde (3000 personnel) searched for Murugan and not a trece was found.The Div ordered a court of enquiry and C of I declared Murugan as deserter. Th file came to Ganesan for tracing out Murugan and recover Govt properties like Rifle etc
Ganesan started to go into the case in greater details.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Command-1

The Command-1
The Command of troops in war and peace is very sacred duty in a military officer career.It cannot be compared with any type of jobs.How ever the end result of a command appointment is the feeling which your concience will give and not the award or reward which comes from spectators.Thousands of men's life and their future will be at your disposal.Utlisation of their will and skill for the safety honour and integrety of this country will be at your hand.Many commanding officers sold their Regiments,destroyed the future of few officers and men just to satisfy their ego or someone else ego.Many commanding officers functioned in such a way that the command appointment is a launching pad of their future irrespective of their capabilities.It all depends upon individuals.
As we all know Ganesan was not brought up to be an Army officer.He grew up to be a self motivated individual and highly patriotic.He remembers the story of Raja deisingh and Mohammed Khan in the battle with Arcot Nawab;Another story is like this; An young man goes for soldier's recruitment as the country was facing enemy threat.His young wife feels proud that her husband is going to fight for their country and bids him best of luck. after a day or two the man comes back with drooping head.His wife who was waiting with Arthi asks him what happened.The man says that he was absolutely fit to join and cleared from all tests.But he was asked one last question and that reply disqualified him.His wife was looking at him and asked him what was that question.
  The last question was.ARE  YOU MARRIED.He said yes and the examiners said that a married man cannot give whole heart and soul for the country as he would be thinking of his wife and children and hence rejected.
   On hearing this the more patriotic girl who was standing facing the man suddenly pulled the sword hanging in the waist of the man and killed herself and said,Now you go and tell them that you dont have wife and can give everything for the country
  well! That was the bringing of Ganesan.lET US SEE HIS COMMAND.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Promotion-3

The Promotion-3
  Ganesan was stunned to see the change of events.All over Delhi looting,murder and killing of sikh community people were let loose and there appears to be no law and order.But the Army can't keep watching and with in 3-4 days the situation came under control.The Army had arranged a special courrier flight AN-12 to Assam on 06 Nov.By that time the present CO 4 E R came to Delhi with 2 escorts as he was to attend a special course.He had handed over the Regiment to the 2nd in command.Since the train journey was totally disturbed he advised Ganesan to take the courrier flight and take back the escorts also.
So Ganesan made arrangements accordingly and left Delhi on 06 Nov and reached Gauhati in the evening.A team of reception party under the Sub.Major had come to the Air port to receive their new Commanding Officer.
On 07 November 1984 Ganesan took ove as the 9 th Commanding  Officerof 4 Engineer Regiment
  .The Regiment was at Tawang in an exercise and ofcourse all the places and activities are not new to Ganesan and took over like a fish jumping into deep water.
   Let Ous see the activities of the new Commandine Officer of 4E R.