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- Dec 2, 2017
You do know that any army unit formation - will always be on rotation - so say have local units is a quite wrong!+ Ghatak Platoons are NOT special Forces- They are Infantry with specialized roles. The same can be said for Paratrooper and Paracommandoes - one is infantry the other special forces - Know the difference!!!Dear Sir,
That mandate and that role were born out of the wrong analyses and the wrong conclusions. I maintain, as I did, that there is no earthly use for the NSG.
There is nothing in a local QRT that prevents a local Ghatak platoon from matching its time of reaction; there is nothing in it that prevents a local Ghatak team from knowing all about the location and its proximity; there is above all nothing about a QRT that prevents it from decaying in the manner that all State government organisations, entities and bodies decay.
Again Mandate and role - prevents the Ghatak formation to operate without consent from higher ups (In this case the Army)- prevents its time of reaction ! ... Not having any local knowledge (on rotation) prevent them from knowing the lay of the land! - This is where a LOCAL LE QRT ticks the right boxes
26/11 is THE example to where - we see local beat cops with lee enfield trying and failing to stop the bad guys with AKs. If a Local QRT was present - the story could be all different. Heck , one can recall - that the MARCOS Team from the Navy base was sent to the Taj - BUT their primary role was to help civilians escape and hence didn't engage the terrorist!
When one say Mandate - one should include the Law of the Land - Thus unless authorized - No Armed Forces Units are allowed to be used in Non defence establishments. The NSG is trained for CT/HRT roles and have the mandate to operate + NOTE: though the SAG operators are Army - One SHOULD take into account that these operators have volunteered to the NSG - NOT deputed - Know the difference!
Coming back to the 26/11, it is well documented that the NSG arrived quite late - Case and point : CST. Here having local LE QRT could have made a difference and saying that they will decay - pal, i find your lack of faith disturbing - it is similar to say why have any modern weapon system, when the possibility of india going to war, in the next 100 years is ZERO - so why bother and waste money!!? ..
Pal, one can and should always be Prepared