Students and Military Training

Man is basically an animal.   The instinct of fighting is inborn in him.   Thirst for power and glory is a part of his personality. At time, he behaves like a savage, irrational beast.   In spite of all claims of the modern civilization, man is even today busy in piling up and preparing terrible weapons of war.   Nobody can deny that the various nations of the world are participating in a race for armaments.   Aggression continues to be committed by the strong against the weak.   Oppression and exploitation of the weak by the strong continue to raise their ugly head every day.   In such a state of affairs the weak have to go to the wall.   In a world dominated by the principle of ‘might is right’ one has to be strong and powerful.

                India is peace-loving country.   She does not want to extend her frontiers.   She has a keen desire to live in peace with her neighbours.   But who cares for that? China attacked India in 1962 without any provocation at all.   We lost hundreds of our soldiers and thousands of square miles of our territory.   Pakistan attacked us thrice after we attained freedom.   Thus we are living under a constant threat from our neighbours.   We must be strong enough to guard our freedom.   India is a poor country.   She cannot afford to maintain a very large army.   So, she must train all her young men and women as soldiers. This is possible only if we introduce compulsory military training in our schools and colleges.   Compulsory military training in educational institutions will make the nation strong enough to meet any type of foreign aggression.   No country would dare attack India.   Peace can only be ensure if we are strong.   It has been rightly said : ‘If you want peace, be prepared for war.’

                The scheme of providing compulsory military training has several other advantages also.   This training will inculcate in the minds of the students a great sense of discipline.   They will be trained to fight.   It will prepare the students...