India – Reconnaissance Report From Boots on the Ground

By John Farnam

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India – Reconnaissance Report From Boots on the Ground
Defense Training International, Inc
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Ft Collins, CO –-( On India, from a friend there:

“Some of the most gentle, kind, generous people I’ve ever met live in India. But even at their best, the country is still barely developed. Appalling poverty everywhere. Trash, and raw sewage are rampant. I don’t recommend going there.

As in China, air quality is very poor! ‘Sacred’ cows wander aimlessly, feeding on ecumenical piles of rubbish.

At security checkpoints, police are looking mostly for Pakistanis. As Westerners, they never display any interest in us.

India: Varanasi Street Cow Sacred Cows
‘Sacred’ cows wander aimlessly, feeding on ecumenical piles of rubbish.

And, security checkpoints and metal detectors are everywhere! Every hotel has a magnetometer, or a doorman with a wand, at every entrance. However, in most cases I am just waved through, despite the fact that the magnetometer alarms. They care mostly about appearance and nationality, as noted above. When you don’t fit their ‘profile,’ they just wave you through. I carry several blades, and a flashlight, through these checkpoints routinely, and no one cares!

Most ‘security guards’ are unarmed. Of those few who are ‘armed,’ only one in three has a magazine inserted into his Kalashnikov or MP5. No modern optics/red-dots. Iron sights only.

Make friends with taxi-drivers and security guards at your hotel. They will function as a valuable interface between you and local cops, or thugs.

Carry a serious tactical flashlight! As in most places they are unregulated, but often come in handy as a non-lethal weapon!

One evening, while returning to my hotel from the local ATM after dark, I heard someone behind me yelling, ‘Hello, my friend!’ I didn’t look back, but increased my pace. When I heard hurried footsteps behind me, I spun around and blasted the guy in the face with 700 lumens from my First Light T-Max, as I shouted, ‘That’s close enough!’

The man was startled, blinded, and instantly disoriented . He stumbled backward and put his hands in the air. It was then that I realized it was my taxi driver! We both had a good laugh, and he apologized for surprising me. No one was hurt, but my light performed as advertised.

Since the Mumbai Attack of 2011, the nation has instituted their version of ‘security theater,’ (more like ‘security comedy’) and it does not inspire much confidence, as noted. No more confidence than it inspires most other places!”


Once more, much risk attaches to off-shore travel these days, combined with few benefits!

Governments and other institutions (here and there) perfunctorily “go through the motions” of increased security, but you’re still on your own. Never expect anyone to “care about you” more than you care about yourself!


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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Stupid, pointless “report.” This clown goes on vacation to a place he doesn’t like and writes an operator field report from his hotel. It’s India pal. It’s not the same as Kentucky or wherever you are from. Yes, it’s dirty and you will see some mind bending sh(t. Welcome to another reality. Also, you have no clue what India does about rooting out terrorism within its borders, but you are right about one thing, they are not looking for fat American tourists with flashlights.

Anil Bhatia

Thx Janek , India is not poor, the infrastructure is and is a result of some very bad greedy politicians. There is a lot of wealth including money which affords India its buying power and then obviously thru American partnership Russian and Israeli India wants to keep its prowess as China in North Pakistan to its west and LTTE to its south and finally China funded rebels in East since India supports Dalai Lama. Look and read about the advancements in Space in rail in metro in education in science India contributes and continues to for herself and for the… Read more »


Maybe India is poor, but they’re spending tons of money in the international arms market???

2nd Amender

India is not poor…..but lot’s of rich Indis prefer to live and get educated in the states. And stay!

Not quite the most sanitary minded folks, I’ve ever run across, either!

“Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore”.


ecumenical piles of rubbish?

Anil Bhatia

John, there is poverty and rubbish in a lot of places but there some a tons of great places in India and like you mentioned people are nice and amazing. Great Culture and respectful not rowdy. It’s a very safe place for Americans to visit and are welcome there, I mean how many countries are left out there where Americans are truly welcome not just for their money but out of love, can I say the same thing about Kansas ? Where an a law abiding legally present engineer was shot dead yesterday or even Midwest. Your Color got you… Read more »