I will completely understand if people don't recognize the young officer in the photo! Major Ajai Shukla, getting his UN medal pinned on by his boss, Colonel Puentes, a Uruguayan paratrooper.
I was the chief provost marshal of the 6500-strong UN peacekeeping operation in Mozambique. This was one of the few UN missions that succeeded in meeting its objectives --- one has only to look at Mozambique today. (Not claiming credit, but could this just be a coincidence?)
A great help in my functioning as the top cop in the mission was the fantastic Indian trader community in Mozambique, mostly Gujarati traders who had lived there for generations. They were not just wonderfully hospitable, with excellent Gujarati food always on offer, but were my eyes and ears on the streets of Maputo and elsewhere. They probably don't visit this blog, but here's a salute to all those bold Indians who are the backbone of small and medium business across most of Africa.