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Newsletter of National Cadet Corps (NCC)-VMKVEC.
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Unity & Discipline
Hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst
“They say Pride destroys or corrupts a person, but that isn’t always true; Pride defines & distinguishes a person, it flames him into action, it inspires ordinary men to do extraordinary feats nevertheless, it is a major contributor towards victory and it aids to keep soldiers alive on a battle field . It gives me an immense Pride to state that, I’m a Field Marshal with the Indian Army.” – Field Marshal K.M.Kariappa
Commanding Directorate: Coimbatore NCC Directorate. Commanding Company: 11(TN) Signal Coy NCC, Salem. Unit’s Name:
A glimpse into India’s second line of defence-NCC
The onset of NCC The onset of NCC dates back to the 1920s.It was born out of the British "University Officers training Corps" organized in 1925 by the British Empire. The UOTC intended to make men out University students. After midnight of 15th August 1947, an autonomous committee was setup under Pt. Kunzru; this committee emphasized the need of military training for Indian students, the Central Government of India agreed to it, thus National Cadet Corps (NCC) was established on 16th April 1948. NCC is committed to To develop the traits of character, courage, comradeship, discipline, leadership, secular outlook, spirit of adventure, sportsmanship and the ideals of selfless service among the youth to make them useful citizens. To create a human resource of organized, trained and inspired youth. To inculcate in him the art of leadership in all aspects of life including the Armed Forces. To make men out of college students. To make them always available for service of the nation. To enhance their ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress and hardship. To enhance their ability to make correct and timely decisions.
National Cadet Corps-Vinayaka Mission’s Kirupananda Variyar Engineering College, Vinayaka Missions University, Salem. Division: Senior Division (SD) - Boys. Wing: Army-Signals. Unit’s Strength: 52 Principal: Dr. Nagappan. A Associate NCC Officer: Mr. Chenthilnath. S
Editorial Board— ‘THE PRIDE’ Chief Editor : ANO- Mr. Chenthilnath .S
Assistant Editor : Sgt. Vivek .M
Supporting Editors : Under Officer Hari Mohan Rai Sgt. Sagar.S.Pillai Sgt. Tharun.S
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NCC as India’s second line of defence NCC is governed by the Ministry of Defence. Army, Navy and Air force personnel are deployed under various NCC Directorates and Coys across India. Defence personnel visit the colleges under their respective Coys to recruit students. Students are recruited on the basis of their physical and mental abilities. Recruited students are subjected to various trainings and camps which are of sternous nature. All recruited students are called ‘Cadets’.
THE PRIDE, Issue 1
“Courage is not a trait, but the trait.” -General Mac Arthur US Army
The Cadets are trained in the following areas Nation Building Drill Weapon Training Man Management Civil Affairs Social Service Health & Hygiene Environment & Ecology Self Defence
Apart from the above, special Military trainings are also imparted to the Cadets in Armed Forces Organization Map Reading Field Engineering Field Craft & Battle Craft Scouts & Patrols Weapons & Equipments Military History Military Geography Military Courtesy
All recruited Cadets are a part of India’s Emergency Response Team (ERT), ERT plays an effective role in handling various emergency situations that arises in the country, and this includes cyclones, floods, earthquakes, famines, fires, armed rebellions and wars. Cardinal Principles of NCC
Obey with a smile Be punctual Work hard, without fuss Makes no excuses Tell no lies Never assume Never give in Mind your surroundings Be brief and crisp in your talk Dress smartly Never slobber
“A Bomb is a Bomb, wherever it may be.” - ‘Netaji’ Subash Chandra Bose INA, referring to inclusion of Women in the INA
Few dissimilarities between College Students & Cadets College Students(‘U’)
‘U’ know how to sing. ‘U’ know how to dance. ‘U’ know how to draw & paint. ‘U’ go for dates. ‘U’ go to a pub. If ‘U’ commit a mistake, ‘U’ will be penalized. If ’U’ come across your superiors, ‘U’ wish them. ‘U’ are taught. ‘U’ engage with your friends or deared ones. ‘U’ paint your hairs and faces, to make your self more noticeable & call it a Make up. ‘U’ never give up. ‘U’ are taught to manage stress. ‘U’ prepare yourself, for the best. ‘U’ work in a team. If ‘U’ see a militant, ‘U’ scoot. ‘U’ rag your juniors. ‘U’ are taught to measure a difference. ‘U’ are taught to live in the field of Engineering, which ‘U’ chose as your career. ‘U’ are taught to be technical. If ‘U’ commit a mistake in your project, ‘U’ call it as an experience. ‘U’ call us, ‘Creatures of Combat’. All College students are not Cadets.
‘V’ know how to shoot. ‘V’ know how to swim. ‘V’ know how to defend & prevail. ‘V’ go for drills. ‘V’ go to a Parade. If ‘V’ commit a mistake, ‘V’ will be punished. If ‘V’ come across our superiors, ‘V’ salute them. ‘V’ are trained. ‘V’ engage with our enemies or feared ones. ‘V’ paint our hairs and faces, to make our self less noticeable & call it a Camouflage. ‘V’ never give in. ‘V’ are trained to ignore stress. ‘V’ prepare our self, for the worst. ‘V’ work as a team. If ‘V’ see a militant, ‘V’ shoot. ‘V’ have rapport with our junior cadets. ‘V’ are trained to make a difference. ‘V’ are trained to survive in the Battle Field, which fate chose for us. ‘V’ are trained to be tactical. If ‘V’ commit a mistake in our mission, ‘V’ may expire out of it, which might be our last mistake. ‘V’ call you, ‘Creatures of Comfort’. All Cadets are College Students.
‘V’ accept no one’s definition of our life; because it’s our life & ‘V’ will define it ourselves. Where ever ‘V’ are, where ever ‘V’ may be, ‘V’ shall remain as Cadets forever.
’V’ may die, sooner or later, but the National Cadet Corps (NCC) lives forever, that means, ‘V’ live forever.
“Only the dead have seen the end of war”- Plato Commonly used quotations, in the NCC Circle
“Hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.” “Assumption is the mother of all mistakes.” “Every Julius has a Brutus.” “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” “Great victories are only achieved through great sacrifices & greater risks.” “Every man dies, not every man really lives.” “Smooth seas don’t make skillful sailors.” “One hour of glory is worth an age, without a name.” “He, who knows how to obey, knows how to command.” “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in war.” “A coward dies many times, but a valiant dies only once.” “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.” “Where force is necessary, there it must be applied boldly, decisively & completely.” “Nobility comes from humility.” “Forewarned is forearmed.” “To be prepared is half the victory.” “If you aren’t meeting enemies as you progress on a mission, then you really aren’t progressing.” “Fortune favors the bold.” “A good archer is not known by his arrows, but by his aim.” “A blind man is no judge of colours.” “Some goals are so worthy that, it is glorious even to fail.” “War is brave men dying & cowards criticizing.” “Flock of sheep led by a lion would often defeat a pride of lions led by a sheep.” “A leader should be the first man on the battle field & the last man off the battle field.” “All is fair in love & war.” “Training is nothing, will is everything.” “Always keep your ‘Rifle’ loaded, but ensure that, its ‘safety’ is ‘on’.” “If you commit a mistake in the battle field, it might be your last mistake.” “Never engage an enemy, if there is no backup from your side.” “If you are in command, command.”
“The greatest sin is fear”- Swami Vivekananda
Men who gave up their today for our tomorrow
Kargil Conflict’s (Operation Vijay) noble martyrs
Captain Vikram Batra
13 Jammu & Kashmir Rifles, Kargil Conflict Param Vir Chakra (Posthumous) Capt Vikram Batra of the 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles led the Indian attack on Point 5140 in Dras sector. Code named Sher Shah for his unstinting courage, Capt Batra and Delta Company recaptured Point 5140 at 3.30 AM on June 20. On the said day, Capt Vikram insisted that he be allowed to lead the attack on Point 5140, along with the 13 JAK Rif battalion. He decided to lead the attack from the rear as an element of surprise would help stupefy the enemy. He and his men ascended the sheer rock-cliff. As the group neared the top of the cliff, the enemy that was lodged on the top of the cliff opened machine gun fire on them, pinning them on to the face of the bare rocky cliff. Capt Batra along with five of his men climbed on regardless and after reaching the top, he hurled two grenades at the machine gun. He single handedly engaged three soldiers of the enemy in close combat and killed them. He was seriously injured during this combat, but insisted on regrouping his men to continue with the given task at hand. He also led the attack on remaining defenses until he succumbed to his injuries. Inspired by the extraordinary courage displayed by this young officer, the soldiers of 13 JAK Rif charged the enemy position and captured Pt 5140. His company is credited with killing at least eight Pakistanis and recovering a heavy machine gun. The capture of point 5140 set in motion a string of successes like Point 5100, 4700, Junction Peak and Three Pimples. Captain Vikram Batra laid down his life in the finest traditions of the Indian Army, and for his extraordinary grit and courage he has been awarded the Param Vir Chakra (Posthumously).
Capt PV Vikram
141 Field Regiment, Kargil conflict Sena Medal (Posthumous) Captain PV Vikram of 141 Field Regiment was on duty at a forward post located at 16,200 feet in Kaksar. On June 2, he along with his observation party tried to move ahead to another location. The intruders began firing and after almost one hour of cross-fire with the enemy he and three other comrades succumbed to injuries.
“It is not enough to fight. It is the spirit which we bring to the fight that decides the issue. It is morale that wins the victory”- General George C. Marshall US Army Secularism in the Indian Army
The Indian Army is an apolitical, professional body that is extremely proud of its dharma of loyalty to the nation and it’s Constitution. It does not believe in practicing discrimination on the basis of religion, caste or colour. Indian Soldiers felt a tremendous sense of pride when at an Independence Day function in Pune in 2002 (in the aftermath of the horrible Gujarat riots ) Qutubuddin Ansari, the tailor from Ahmedabad who became famous as the face of that tragedy, told the media it was the Indian Army's timely arrival that had saved him and his family. In an emotion choked voice, he said throughout his life he would pray for the success of the Indian Army. Many officers and men have told how Muslims greeted the army's arrival by showering them with flowers. The army's impartial conduct in quelling riots is a matter of great pride to all soldiers. The Indian Army is a traditional force and many battalions are organised on the basis of regions and caste. Thus we have the Sikh regiment, the Marathas, the Gorkhas etc. But this does not apply at the officer level. So it is no surprise to see a Mohammed Zaki commanding Garhwali troops or a Y N Sharma as commanding officer of the Grenadiers (which incidentally has Muslim soldiers). As head of the family, which is what a commanding officer is, it is common for Zaki to conduct the puja on Janmashtami, celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, or for Sharma to lead the namaz on Id Ul Fitr after Ramzan. Faced with an insurgency in Kashmir that freely uses religion as a motivating factor, the army has has constructed combined prayer halls, called Sarva Dharma Sthal ( All Religion Place of Worship) where you have all the gods and symbols of all religions under one roof. These can be found at in Anantnag in Kashmir and even in Pune. It is undoubtedly true that the number of Muslims in the Army is less than their proportion in the population. This is a historical legacy as the recruitment of Muslims in the armed forces in pre-Independence India was concentrated in Punjab, North West Frontier and Balochistan, all part of Pakistan today. These are the factors that bind soldiers and officers to each other. People sacrifice their lives on the battlefield for the izzat (respect) of the regiment and save their comrades at the risk of their own lives. Without these an army is merely a mob of armed violent men which would melt at the first sign of danger. When someone terms this as 'frivolous', it betrays a mindset that is not merely stupid, but dangerous.
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