Fighting the ‘Invisible Enemy’: Military-Civil Fusion in Focus

India is currently witnessing a downward curve in the second wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic that posed considerable challenges to healthcare, economy, employment, logistics and transportation. The sudden onset of the second wave has had a devastating effect on the population of India, and was aggravated due to the ‘birth’ of new variants of the coronavirus; however,   timely measures and familiarity to the protein structure of the virus to some extent, helped India in fighting the new variants and stabilising the situation.

Controlling the second wave was not easy—extra capacities had to be built, medical supplies had to be imported and especially medical grade oxygen production had to be increased. The pandemic coupled with natural calamities like cyclones Tauktae and Yaas posed more challenges to the authorities to manage the situation.

The pandemic had a psychological impact on the population of India, due to rising cases of infection as well as increased fatalities. Some of these got further aggravated by the rumours in the environment. We must guard against such propaganda.

In such difficult times, the Indian Army (IA), true to its ‘Nation First’ approach, came forward to shoulder the responsibility of helping India fight the pandemic. The Army deployed troops for providing logistical support to the civil authorities, opened its hospital doors for treatment of civilians and many more. The aim of this paper is to highlight the contribution of the Indian Army towards battling the pandemic without compromising on its primary role —Force Protection, Force Preservation and Operational Readiness