In a novel step, the Indian army will get its first-ever expert "outsider" view on relevance of its tactics and doctrine tomorrow.
The opinion on the state of the army will come from its own former chiefs, who will meet here in a conclave, for three days from Friday. The star at the conclave would be the hero of the 1971 Indo-Pak war Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw.
The conclave will be a chance for the former chiefs to relive their past as they meet and deliberate in the sprawling cantonement area here and dwell upon the current operational scenario at macro level and also ponder over the new tactics and doctrine framed for the army.
The idea of soliciting the expert views on the state of the army is the brainchild of the present Army Chief Gen N C Vij, who wants an "outside view" on where the forces are headed for and whether they are keeping pace with modern and future warfare.
The former Chiefs- only eight of whom are living -- who would attend the conclave besides Manekshaw are Gen KV Krishna Rao, Gen O P Malhotra, SF Rodrigues, Shankar Roy Choudhary, V N Sharma and V P Malik.
The conclave, to begin with an impressive mounted parade at the Nicholson range, would include sessions on troop welfare measures, health and housing schemes as also performance by massed bands.