Is there any specific reason why the foreign information is more correct than the Indian info. No disrespect intended but by and large, over a decade, I have observed that all information about tactics, SOP, way to hold weapons, way to dress, what shoes to wear etc follow one rule on BRF. If something done in India does not conform to something done abroad - that latter is correct or better.
I am not saying the west is better per se. Armies evolve their SOP based on their experiences. However on the flip side the argument that the Indian army knows what is doing and hence is correct is also a fallacy. Its not a question of conforming. The other militaries do not do it because its cool or the americans do it. They do it because it improves efficiency and operational readiness. Better camo , Airbreathing fatigues , Camel back water bottles go along way for a grunt. Sometimes it comes down to plain common sense. we spend alot of money on heavy equipment. nothing really goes to the soldiers on the ground. And this should include money for training.
Alot of things like equipment , etc is based on money, Terrain , Threats and money for R&D for future research. Our uniforms while simply functional (gives the soldier something to wear) is nothing much to talk about. The tech involved in it is extremely basic. Weapons handling from most of the pictures looks combursome. Holding the gun on your shoulder with the barrel pointing up is going to fatigue your arm after apoint. Even simple slings are NOT very prevalent in the Army if you see the pics from J&K.
I mean i question the army after reading things like 8 SF soldiers killed to 18 Terrorist. I dont claim to know that they didnt do their jobs well. But after the losing 700 men in the build up against pakistan after the parliament attack all is not perfect with the Army. Infact there is ALOT of scope for improvement.
After the mumbai attacks everyone here went on about how well the NSG did. However in most respects they probably didnt. Some stated that an operation of this magnitude has never been done before (true) and nobody could have done it better is wrong.
We have seen Indian snipers with ghillie suits of late and we assume we have "snipers". But i have yet to see a picture of Sniper/Spotter combo. Keep in mind that the Sniper/Spotter combo has evolved in the west since the american Civil war days and plus their long history of hunting (including russia). So does that mean that we have gotten it right?
When it comes to small arms/infantry the west is most probably doing it better/right. They have done it longer than we have. They understand small arms better than we do. Their gunsmiths are better than ours. one of the reasons is that its part of their culture. Another reason is that collectively they have more experience in a lot more diverse conflicts.
If 9/10 Armies on the planet operate with certain procedures there MUST be something to it. The Americans, Brits , Germans , French , Koreans , Aussies , Italians , etc are all first rate fighting armies.
If something is not questioned it never evolves. The "if it works dont fix it" principle works only to a degree after a point concepts and theories have to evolve due to effeciency. We can dig our heads in the sands and change when push comes to shove or we can constantly self evaluate ourselves and keep changing.
Lastly when it comes to Weapons handling (as per the discussion above) the Weapons down position has upteen benefits to the way we do it (or dont do it as i usually dont find uniformity with the armed forces in this respect. everybody tends to do their own thing).