I am pleased to learn that SP Guide Publications is releasing a Special Issue of SP’s Land Forces on the occasion of Army Day 2022. At a time when the global security paradigm is undergoing profound changes, release of this special edition would undoubtedly generate interest, both amongst scholars and practitioners alike. By virtue of its wide readership and reach, I am confident that this edition too will contribute meaningfully to the strategic thought process in the country and beyond.
The COVID Pandemic has ushered in unprecedented changes within a short span of time. Nations and institutions continue to adapt to the new normal imposed by the Pandemic. New geo-strategic alignments driven by the need to preserve the ‘Rules Based Order’ continue to shape the security environment. With the global Centre of Gravity shifting to the Indo-Pacific, India has been actively engaged with other partners in working towards peace and stability in the region.
The Indian Army has successfully faced the twin challenges of the Pandemic and the situation along our Northern borders with resilience and resolve. It is committed and operationally ready to play its destined role as a critical element of National Power. It continues to rapidly transform into a ‘Future Ready Force’ through significant changes in thought and structures, absorbing niche technologies and fostering indigenous defence production.
I am sanguine that this Special Issue will enlighten and inform all readers of the initiatives that are underway in the Indian Army to create a stronger, more responsive and efficient Land Force. My compliments and best wishes to SP Guide Publications for undertaking this initiative.