Professional Military Education and Producing Thought Leaders for The Army » Indian Defence Review


As a corollary to the above apt quote, as the prospective Generals’ would ‘bottle up’, they would have similar expectations from the lower rung officers to contain or suppress their ideas, in effect causing the entire organisation to remain so. Is that the rationale why Armies persist ardently with status quo? For the very junior levels, it is symptomatic to be told ‘…to be seen and not heard!’ In effect, hence, ideas and thoughts, if any, that lead to change, emanate from the hierarchical apex. Nurturing of relentless curiosity, by gathering newer sources of information, expanding of knowledge base, and envisioning the ‘next big thing’, even in the form of innovative processes and systems, become absent, or effectively shot down. The difference between first and second rate organisations is this, the constant generation of fresh thought, its analysis and implementation, albeit in a non-parochial manner. We need introspection and examination of impetus to visionary and creative growth in the Army, and the modalities for the inculcation of guidance and exhortation of development ideas.

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