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Of commanders and their command

india Updated: Dec 09, 2006 01:31 IST
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SUDARSHAN CHAKRA Corps is honored today to have six of its ten previous Corps Commanders. It’s always a terrific feeling to see a place once nurtured by you in all its glory. A sense of déjà vu overwhelms. Every nook and corner calls out to you sharing with you a delicate thread of past and taking you back in time.

Lt Gen G L Bakshi, PVSM, the founder Corps Commander of the Sudarshan Chakra Corps, is here today to share his experiences and thoughts. It was under his command that this Corps moved from Chandimandir to Bhopal.

The strong and indomitable foundation of the Sudarshan Chakra Corps was laid. He handed over the reigns to Lt Gen R K Gulati, PVSM, who honed the Corps for its prestigious role as the elite Desert Strike Corps. The station too saw upliftment and beautification under his command. Lt Gen K M Seth, PVSM, AVSM, presently the Governor of Chhattisgarh, then took over the command. He heralded a glorious chapter in the history of Sudarshan Chakra Corps.

An exercise on the planning and conduct of offensive operations was one of the hallmarks of his tenure. He handed over the command to Lt Gen Chandra Shekhar, PVSM, AVSM, who focussed on the tasks in consonance with the operational role. Exercise Chakra Vyuh along with orbatting of quite a few brigades are the few highlights of his command.

Gen N C Vij, UYSM, AVSM, ADC and ex-Chief, took over the reins from him in 1996. His tenure was marked by a series of full-scale map exercises and war games. His famous words “Into the Battle with resolve” reflect his professional focus and acumen. He handed over the reins to Lt Gen B M Kapur. A cavalier of high repute, Lt Gen Kapur conducted various exercises and war games including the

famous Exercise Shiv Shakti. During his tenure the Corps was deployed for Op Vijay. After him, Lt Gen Satish Satpute, AVSM, took over the command.

During his tenure, the Corps went for Op Parakram and Operation Aman (to control Gujarat riots, Exercise Tornado and many more. Lt Gen P P S Bhandari, AVSM, took over the reins from him during Op Parakram. He further honed the Operational Plans and skills of the Corps. The Corps during his tenure took part in various operations like Op Sadbhavna, Op denim and Op Deewar.

He handed over the command to Lt Gen Aditya Singh, AVSM and Bar, ADC, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command. Bhopal military station saw major make over during his tenure.

Sudarshan Chakra Environment Park and Training Area (SCEPTA) underwent immense beautification and the Golf Course was upgraded from 11-hole to full-fledged 18-hole course. Banyan Tree Sainik Institute was established under him. So were the playground, basketball court and skating rink for the children of JCOs and ORs.

In Jan 2005 he handed over the reins to the present Corps Commander Lt Gen H S Panag, AVSM, who is the chief host of the ongoing Sudarshan Chakra Corps Commanders Reunion.