New Delhi (India), January 27: Colonel Prem Nath Khera, VSM, Military veteran who was greatest identified for 17 years as PRO Military after which Director PR Military, Navy, and Air Power, handed away on January 25 of congestive coronary heart failure on the age of 85. He is thought of to be a legend within the companies and was a pioneer in Psychological Operations (PSYOPs). He received awards for defence documentaries and was usually sought out by newspapers and magazines for his defence evaluation experience.
Col Khera served the military for 30 years, 17 of them within the Directorate Of Public Relations. He started service as an Military Schooling Corps (AEC) officer and served as a frontline soldier within the 1965 and 1971 wars. In 1976, he was hand-picked for the civilian submit at Indian Data Companies (IIS), as Public Relations Officer, Indian Military when he was a Main. Throughout this tenure, he served beneath a battery of Chiefs of Military Employees together with Gen O.P. Malhotra, Normal Krishna Rao, Normal A.S. Vaidya, Normal Ok. Sundarji, Normal V.N. Sharma and Normal S.F. Rodrigues. In 1982, he acquired the Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished service and the military chief’s commendation card from the then President, Giani Zail Singh. He was an M.Sc. from Punjab College, Chandigarh and a Submit Graduate in Mass Communications from the Indian Institute of Mass Communications (IIMC) Jawahar Lal Nehru College (JNU).
Initially posted as PRO Military, he later rose to be joint director (public relations) with the Directorate of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence. He was answerable for the right projection of the Armed Forces, and launched multi-media campaigns to counter hostile propaganda by adversaries, and devised info campaigns to insulate troopers from the disinformation onslaught from throughout the borders. In 1992, he took voluntary retirement after which he served as Chief Govt of PTI-TV, earlier than beginning his personal manufacturing home and defence information company in 1997. He produced three serials – Journey to Success (10 episodes), Asia Defence (six episodes) and Tainaat (17 episodes) coping with varied features of the armed forces and nationwide safety, that had been telecast on Doordarshan. His defence information company, Asia Defence Information Worldwide (ADNI) grew to become Asia’s largest defence information company with over 130 newspapers and magazines in India, and internationally, that subscribed to ADNI’s defence information feeds.
ADNI additionally revealed a month-to-month journal known as Asia Defence which had options and interviews of senior defence forces personnel, and evaluation items of India’s defence readiness. His documentaries on the identical points embody Whose Military is it Anyway?, Are Human Rights for Terrorists Solely, Kashmir Right this moment, A New Daybreak, The Indomitable and Pillars of Peace.
Alongside operating his information company, Col Khera wrote incisive defence evaluation editorials for well-known newspapers like Hindustan Occasions, The Pioneer, Indian Categorical, Occasions of India, Jagran, Punjab Kesari, Veer Arjun and many others. He was usually interviewed by journal and newspaper journalists for his evaluation of the defence state of affairs in mild of worldwide strife. Certainly one of his most well-known quotes in the course of the extremely confidential and delicate report ready by the US’ Pacific Command that put in important perspective the ‘talents’ of the Indian military, was: “The Indian military serves at temperatures of fifty plus in Rajasthan and minus 50 in Siachen. It serves within the marshes and mountains within the Northeast. Its officer casualty price is the best on the planet. It is apolitical and disciplined. It has a historical past of exemplary service in UN missions and the a number of Victoria and King Crosses will vouch for it. As for being too protocol acutely aware, there is no hurt in it as Indians usually are not stooges and can stand their floor on an equal footing.”
Col Khera ran ADNI till the age of 77, after which he loved travelling. After the dying of his spouse in November 2020 in the course of the pandemic, his well being started to fluctuate. Nonetheless, he continued an energetic life till Monday, January 22, 2024 the place he was all of the sudden admitted to the Military Analysis And Referral Hospital, New Delhi, for congestive coronary heart failure. On January 25 at 3:30 AM, he handed away in his sleep. He is fondly remembered because the “moochhonwala Khera” by senior defence of us.
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