An officer of the Indonesian army,who was part of a joint military exercise with Indian officers at the Counter-Insurgency & Jungle Warfare School in Mizoram this week,has not only picked up various techniques of tackling terrorists in different situations,but has also gone back picking up a name for his newborn son.
Captain Toni Oki Priyono of the 13th Infantry Brigade of the Indonesian Army picked up from an Indian Colonel the name Ashwathama the son of Dronacharya for his son. The decision was Captain Priyonos way of acknowledging the role of the Indian Army Instructors at the CIJW School at Vairengte in Mizoram,a defence spokesman quoting him said. It was Col Y Sangwan who suggested the name when I approached him to suggest an apt name for my son, Captain Priyono was quoted as saying. Col Sangwan is the Commanding Officer of the 19 Madras Infantry Battalion whose troops also took part in the joint exercise.
Captain Priyonos elder daughter has a traditional Islamic name.
The week-long exercise that ended today was called Garuda Shakti and had 30 officers from both countries. It was also the first-ever platoon-level joint training exercise between India and Indonesia.
Training together to counter the scourge of insurgency in various contemporary scenarios including jungle warfare,Chakravyuh, a three-day outdoor validation exercise,tested the weeklong training,imparted at various Counter-Insurgency modules in the guerrilla warfare school.