INTERVIEW WITH BRIGADIER ROHIT BAKSHI
Q1. What was your emotional state when you joined NDA?
Ans1. In my case it was different, in the NDA we were actually made to undergo emotional stress as part of our training. The motive was not to make a very nice environment, the aim was to make it difficult. But in today’s age of technology the gap has been reduced the emotional distance.
But even we still need some time to adjust in the new environment on posting to new places. The only answer is time.
Q2.What is your take on technology when it comes to National Defence?
Ans2. Without technology we cannot work in today’s world. I come from Air Defence unit where we have to shoot down aircrafts moving at speed of 3 MAC. Without the radars, satellite and computer it is not possible for me to take it down. Every type of new technology before coming to the world market comes to the Defence first. Even the Management has been given to the world by the Defence because no where else you have a large organization of men and material.
Q3. What are your views on India’s position when it comes to defence – Aggressive or Defensive?
Ans. It is a very difficult question to answer. There is no end to the rat race. We want to compete with other nations and they want to compete with us. This is an never ending case. Strength doesn’t lie on military power. It lies in the mass. The citizens are the strength. Their knowledge and our resources put together is our biggest strength.
So we are ahead of many nations as far as I think.
Q4. What is your view on Internal Affairs?
Ans. The job of the civilians is to choose their representative in democracy. Our job is to think beyond the borders because if we start thinking within the border your freedom will be jeopardized. And we don’t want that. Our job is to create a safe environment so that you all flourish. And freedom comes with lots of responsibility.
Q5. Defence in the light of “Make In India”.
Ans. We have huge things lined up. With the help of technology and resources, soon we will achieve the target.
It’s a very huge process and many private firms have been brought on board and we are still counting.
Q6. Any future plans of female soldiers going to field?
Ans. Female soldiers are already in combat support.
In fact I have seen female soldiers performing better than their male counterpart during training. We are still working on sending females to field. A lot of countries have experimented with that but we don’t want the women to be captured seeing our culture and background.
But hopefully with time things will change for better.
Q7. Any major problems that Indian Defence is facing right now?
ANS. Every organization faces some problem. I would say we need right people. Because nowadays young people are looking for better revenue rather than adventurous life.
So the right material is not coming. But if someone is interested in adventure and heavy revenue should join the Defence. The starting income in defence is much higher than that in other fields. Though the people are not joining in large numbers but we they are very satisfied
Q8. Did you always wanted to become an army man?
Ans. Since childhood, maybe 4th or 5th standard I was interested in serving the nation by joining the army.
Even now I strive to do better and motivate my juniors to a better path.
Q9. Any tagline for our institute?
Ans. Ok. The tagline would be “Very positive and learning environment”.
REPORTERS : APURVA SRIVASTAVA & PRAGATI BAHETI