Military Meets Today to Scrap Colonial Rules

New Delhi: The department of military affairs (DMA), led by the Chief of Defence Staff Anil Chauhan, will discuss and identify measures to eliminate colonial practices and outdated laws within the armed forces, at a two-day brainstorming session starting on Monday.

The Army and Navy have undertaken a comprehensive review of colonial practices that can be discontinued. Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the new ensign for the Indian Navy, which drew inspiration from Chhatrapati Shivaji and dropped the colonial era St George's Cross.

The 'Chintan Shivir' will serve as a platform for the DMA to discuss ways to integrate the country's values and practices into the functioning of the armed forces.

Besides, the military dropped the Christian hymn "Abide with Me" last year from the Beating Retreat ceremony after the Republic Day celebrations.

The meeting will also address challenges and issues faced by defence departments. The objective is to generate innovative ideas for improved governance and functioning.

The Chintan Shivir will conclude with an open-house session, where ideas and suggestions will be invited to enhance organisational efficiency across different departments.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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