外文标题：Army's special forces to hone linguistic skills to give greater punch to clandestine warfare
NEW DELHI: The Army's elite special forces, along with sharpening their clandestine warfare skills, will now hone their linguistic skills as well. The Army is stepping up training of its Para and Para-SF battalions in "strategic foreign languages", with special emphasis being placed on "Chinese languages".
The Army feels its special forces should be well-versed in "linguistic, cultural and behaviour patterns" of potentially hostile countries because their mandate is to undertake covert and unconventional missions deep inside enemy territory "to neutralise high-value targets" in a surgical manner.
A detailed analysis — of the "strategic languages" the special forces should be proficient in — was carried out with this is mind, which was followed by a presentation being made to Army chief General Bikram Singh, said sources.
It was then decided that Chinese language skills should be made a thrust area since Mandarin and Cantonese speakers are few and far between. While the special forces have been getting some foreign language training, the aim is to now step it up. "Sharpening verbal communication skills will enhance their operational capability in different regions," said a source.
The American SEAL Team Six which took down Osama bin Laden at Abbottabad on May 2, 2011, for instance, had some Pashto and Urdu speakers. "The language and culture as far as Pakistan is concerned is not a problem. There are some experts in Afghan Pashto and Dari as well as some other languages. But China is a problem area. Overall, the plan is to make a pool of 993 linguist personnel available to the Para-SF battalions by 2014," said a source.
This comes at a time when the Army is also trying to transform and modernise its eight Para-SF and five Para battalions. Plans are also afoot to add two more Para-SF battalions — each of which has around 620 soldiers — by 2017 to add to the eight existing ones tasked with "reconnaissance, out-of-area contingencies, surgical strikes, target-designation" and the like.
sandeep chauhan (India)
well i thought u must be teaching this from long time. wow on what basis u were diplaying super power images.
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Aam Aadmi (India)
Instead of our special forces learning Mandarin language, if our government was made to learn the Mandarin way of zero tolerance to corruption, it would have been much better. There is still a lesson to be learnt from the recent suspended death sentence for China's Railway Minister convicted of corruption. We have put the entire nation for sale, destroyed all it educational and other institutions, and still not a single politician is convicted.
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Languages are great hidden and vital Arms and Ammunition.
this should have been done long ago
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rudiravi (Salem TN)
not only special forces of army should be well-versed in "linguistic, cultural and behaviour patterns" of potentially hostile countries , but entire force army should be well versed in "linguistic, cultural and behaviour patterns"
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Do you idiots need to make a song and dance of everything "covert". Are we such slaves of instant gratification that we cannot leave the armed forces alone to do their jobs in peace? Recently the Chinese general said when Anthony was on their soil that India is the only nation that refers to China as a reason to grow their military and that we should be careful. Cant we ever do things covertly?
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Ajit Jha (Gurgaon) replies to niranjanprabhu
True...India media never allows anybody be it army, paramilitary or intelligence bureaus to perform any action secretly.
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Not only Mandarin, these guys should also learn Tibetan, Turkish (esp. Uighur) and in some case mongol. This will be an immense help in developing people to people intelligence from the natives of the rebel areas of China. We should also form a Tibetan Scouts/ Northern Scouts infantry in the BSF or Army. Which should consist of Tibetan refugees in India and should be trained especially in mountain warfare in the Tibetan region. High time for India to think about its priorities, we need to push the Han away from the Indian borders as it is growing risky day by day.
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About time. I understand that the Chinese Border Army personnel have been taught Hindi and speak it fluently. And this information is from at least 15 years ago.
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Mandarin is a global language
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There are 560 million people use English in internet,515 million use Chinese,soon chinese will become first language of internet. No one Indian language is coming under the top 20 languages of internet including Hindi which is the second largest language in the world because Indians only use their masters language in internet.
India’s per capita income is mere 1300 $ in 2012, it is more than 40,000 $ in developed nations where education is based on mother tongue.English is not any international language,it is one of the 6 official languages of UN.We have not developed technology to use our languages in internet,ours is a colonial system.The countries learning in foreign languages never become developed nations''
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Appa Durai (Coimbatore)
With all this our fellows should not emulate chinkies and Pakis
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Indranil Chowdhury (Bargarh)
Is it feasible? Even scholars find it difficult to learn the language within a couple of years.
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Badshah Khan (Kashmir)
What a stupid idea! As if the Chinkis won't be able to make out our soldiers. Stop kidding yourself Bikram Singh!
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RANJITH MENON ()
Should learn Arabic also.?
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During the 60s China war, China sent the soldiers/civilians into India after teaching them basic Hindi so that it is easy for them to mix with locals (Ref: Between the Lines by B.N.Kaul). Though late, we have woken up to implement their strategy.
Badshah Khan (Kashmir)
Yes they 'wallow' like pigs when confronted by the Chinese. They are only good at killing innocent Kashmiris.
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Chinese is a one of the most difficult languages. If at all one aspires to learn this language with reasonable proficiency then this language should be introduced at the school level itself.
Jai Hind (Shanghi)
I am an Ex & and staying in Shanghai for 4-1/2 Years and I could barely grab 50 words. It's impossible unless you send them for solid 2 years crash course full time. Yet they would barely able to speak. Pakistan is different? Every Chinese live their motherland same as they love their mother. In case if an hostile situation, it will be impossible to gather or gain any information. America can do that with Chinese as Chinese have a passion to go and settle in US. They consider India a very poor, ill tempered, hostile country and no Chinese has ever any passion to visit India.Some of them say that in A place like Mumbai they have seen street dog and human eating and sleeping together on street. I believe it true and can accept it as an Indian in India but hate to hear these in China or Dubai or in Europe. It is good to acquire foreign language, but it will be more beneficial for them to learn their custom, respect for fellow human beings, telling truth, no stabbing from behind.We Indians are too bad in these and so we are hated world wide. Trust me they are not bad at all. They are creative, business minded, hard working, fun loving people. They have high moral and expect all to live happily.To begin, I teach you the 1st two words, greet some one saying " Knee-Hau" and say good morning as " Chao-Shang- Hao". Say Thank you as "She-Shi-ya" or She-She. Happy learning. But always be polite and friendly while dealing with Chinese. You can get the toughest job done easily. Do not be aggressive, they hate that, as they remember their Japanese occupation, now they have the money, arms and technology to finish India, so its better to be humble, friendly and a good neighbour. Our generals and officers may be hostile to their juniors and Jawans, but you try the same and you will get wiped out. For gods sake shed your false Ego and Pride/ prestige and learn to respect fellow human beings. This will solve all evils. Our National father Bapu too had the same thing.
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DesiNoodle (China) replies to Jai Hind
I do not know why, every one here is so scared of learning Chinese ! I have been living here since abt 3 yrs and I speak far better Chinese than most foreigners around. I can literally communicate with any Chinese in Mandrin ! 'Jai Hind' the way you are teaching people, rarely any Chinese will understand those greetings :) esp is spoken without the tones ! Anyway the characters for what you wrote are ?? ni hao / ??? zaoshang hao / ?? xièxiè. Dont go by what the Chinese say, they are scared of their own language. So every one thinks Chinese is very difficult. The spoken language is pretty easy. In fact i can even make a list of many similarities between Mandrin and Hindi :) For example : To walk - in mandrin (zoulu actually spoken as choulu) in hindi (chalo); To sleep or go to bed - in mandrin (shuijiao) in hindi (sojao).When i give a list of such similarities they find it astonishing. If the armed forces are planning to the language for better communication then it is a good thing to do but if they are using it to intercept communication then it would be very foolish thing to dream abt. There are dozens of local dialects and they are way too different from each other. It is the same if Chinese learn hindi and think they will be able to understand malayalam ! The chinese are not so foolish that they will talk in pure standard mandarin if they do not wish others to know abt what they are talking. Somthing exactly the same what india does on its borders. Regarding the cultural aspect what Jai Hind has mentioned is pretty true and indians do have a very bad image in the minds of most chinese.
你教的那几句打招呼用的中文，没有中国人会听得懂的 :) 特别是还不带声调。
Notes of a Madman (Hindu Republic of India)
It will take 50 Years to learn Chinese for Indians.
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Ranjan Kumar (Lucknow)
Sounds impressive. It heartening to see that our Army is thinking to undertake covert and unconventional missions deep inside enemy territory (read China) to neutralize high-value targets in a surgical manner, in light of the fact that only recently they could not uproot even the tents pitched well within the Indian territory by a handful of Chinese soldiers.
Tapan Mohanty (New Delhi, India)
a very good initiative by indian army. India's china policy should be - Hope for a friendly relation but prepare for provocation from china.
I don't think this will work. This will only work when people look similar. It will be nearly impossible for any Indian spy to infiltrate China, because he cannot mix with the native population. The physical features are so different. Indian spies can infiltrate Pakistan like US spies in Russia but not in China. But China can infiltrate India by posing as north-easterners. This is our disadvantage.
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T.. P (london) replies to aryan
As you are talking about physical features then u surely never visited north eastern states of india. And this days you don't need to be similar looking to be a spy. u just need to find the traitors, they are everywhere. And why are you thinking negatively, this language course will add nothing but strength to indian army.
Souvik Das (Calcutta, India) replies to aryan
@aryan...cant second you. Indian elite forces have cadets from Nagaland & they look very close to mandarin chinese. This linguistic transformation should help indian elite force. BTW cadets from north-east are much more competent than so call "main land" guys...
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Arul S (Bangalore) replies to aryan
Feel sorry for your understanding. you need to go very deep into War tactics to understand the benefits. The new of such strategical know how should not be published in public articles. The language capability will add strengths to talk straight over a small border stand off. Negotiate with Chinese villagers.If some Chinese villagers is held crossing the borders he can be questioned immediately with the SF teams.If any talks happen in and around Indian security forces, the Chinese will fear that many Indian Army men understand Chinese. If a person wants to warn another he needs to do in local or language understandable. (i hope you agree with this) Coming to your point called spy! in this category Indians are not directly sent to China, rather people form Chinese land are recruited on trust basis and they act is critical informers. For this to happen we need Chinese language know how.
Anand tyagi (GZB)
Very good move,let it should be finalized as early as possible.
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I bet they are rolling on the ground and laughing in China right now after reading this news!
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ajay (Obama Road Kandhahar, AF)
The chineses will honey trap them more easily!
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why is this plan on news this is absurd.
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Good plan to tackle the future threats. But these kinds of plans must be kept under veils. at least corrupt leaders must not be aware of these....Kya pata kal sale bik jayen.
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