[India is pressing forward in its assigned role as sub-imperialist and regional hegemonic power. Militarily, it is taking the lead in military training of surrounding countries. Of special note is that the countries requesting this training in “counter-insurgency” training include Nepal. PM Bhattarai of Nepal is currently visiting India and making a series of agreements which revolutionary Maoists have characterized as betrayals of Nepal’s national sovereignty. — Frontlines ed.]
“During 2011-12, India is scheduled to undertake more than 15 international military exercises with different friendly and strategic nations and ‘Shakti 11’, a joint Indo-French military exercise is one of them,” Colonel P S Minhas, Director at the International Defence Cooperation cell, said here Friday.
Around 16?19 exercises and trainings with international friendly nations including Nepal have been scheduled to be held during this period.
The list of countries who want to train with the Indian Army includes the US, the UK, France, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Maldives, Seychelles, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. Continue reading
(Apparently, a West Bengal-government displacement of athletic adivasis rebels to Germany, disguised as a “clever” new counterinsurgency strategy, soccer.–ed)
Kolkata, June 22, 2010
The West Bengal government is planning to send promising young footballers in three Maoist-infested districts to Germany to be trained by soccer club Bayern Munich. This is a bid to wean them away from the rebels, who have a strategy to rope young people in by casting a spell on them.
DGP Bhupinder Singh said: “We have decided to organise football matches in Maoist-dominated areas of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia to separate the common people from ultra influence.” “The best players will be sent at government expense to Germany to train with Bayern Munich,” Singh said. Continue reading