[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