The Narendra Modi government has created a new tip of the military pyramid, the Chief of Defence Staff, and has given its first appointee General Bipin Rawat three years to construct the base on which the future of India’s armed forces is to stand. This tall order has already been undermined by the infamous bureaucracy and its sleight of hand.
The task has been made more difficult for Gen Rawat with some deft bureaucratic rewriting of the rules of business that accompanied the announcement. This has gone largely unnoticed in the cacophony around the new military office, the Department of Military Affairs (DMA). But it makes for a worrisome long-term picture, especially since the new goals become that much more difficult to achieve.