Gautam Das

The author was in the Indian Army from 1968 to 1991, and was an officer of the infantry. During his service he has helped train Afghan Army officers of an earlier Afghan Army in two different military disciplines, viz., weapons skills on infantry crew-served weapons, and operational staff-work at brigade level and above.

It took the British a full century of trial-and-error to come up with the organization of a stable native army in India, a feat the US believes it has accomplished in less than a decade in...