×
E-PAPER ▾

E-paper

Our Take

Booting it out

|
Booting it out

The ubiquitous PT canvas shoe, usually with a muddy brown sole, said Indian Army just as much the khadi topi said Congressi or the khaki shorts said swayamsevak. But just as there’s hardly a Congress politician who sports the khadi cap anymore and the RSS has progressed from khaki shorts to brown trousers, generations of armymenissued their canvas shoes as part of their kit are set to move on.

The entire 11 lakh-strong Indian Army is set to be issued ‘proper’ sports/running shoes in the near future as part of standard kit instead of the canvas shoe with a sole that often made those who donned it complain that they could feel every little pebble on a track. Indeed, a bright spark even suggested that thecanvas PT shoes were issued to the men to keep them comfortable as many were used to walking barefoot in village India! Didn’t do our braves any harm, of course, but those days are far gone. Given that proper protective gear including lightweight helmets, weather-conducive combat dress and even food rations in the form a bar are now de rigueur, it’s time the Army’s boots on the ground, wherever needed, are of quality.

 
 
 
 
 

TOP STORIES

Sunday Edition

View All

Court proceedings end in a lighter vein

20 May 2018 | PNS

New Delhi: “Now, let us enjoy our holidays,” this is how the Supreme Court concluded the hearing on the Karnataka power row on Saturday. The courtroom burst into a bout of laughter as Justice AK Sikri, who headed the three-judge Bench, made the jovial remark ...

Read More

STATE EDITIONS

View All

Six hours traffic block, dozens of trains affected

20 May 2018 | Ashis Sinha | Bokaro

More than dozens of the trains were affected after a traffic block conducted by railway on Bokaro-Kotshila rail block on Saturday. The traffic block was conducted to eliminate two unmanned railway crossing between Bokaro and Kotshila and to construct limited height subway there, informed S K Srivastava DRM Adra Division...

Read More

Page generated in 0.1971 seconds.