SOUTH SUDAN / FORCE COMMANDER DEPARTS

21-Jan-2022 00:05:33
Lieutenant-General Shailesh Tinaikar is retiring from his post as Force Commander of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have a long and decorated military career. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / FORCE COMMANDER DEPARTS
TRT: 5:33
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: RECENT / FILE, SOUTH SUDAN
SHOTLIST
FILE- JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, Force commander’s arrival, Juba

RECENT - JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

2. SOUNDBITE (English) LT. GENERAL SHAILESH TINAIKAR, FORCE COMMANDER, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“I joined against the wishes of my parents, became a paratrooper, became a special service leader, specializing in desert warfare to start with and then I had a good progression. I got my promotions on time, I commanded my battalion as a Colonel, as a Brigadier in the northeast part of India, as a Major General in the northern part of India. I had the good fortune of serving in the United Nations on two previous occasions, one as a Military Observer and the second as a Staff Officer, first in Angola, which was a unique kind of a mission itself, when peacekeeping was just about taking off and secondly, in Khartoum, Sudan, before South Sudan split from Sudan.”

FILE – SOUTH SUDAN

3. Various shots, Force commander meets with SPLM-IO in Ding Ding county

RECENT – JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

4. SOUNDBITE (English) LT. GENERAL SHAILESH TINAIKAR, FORCE COMMANDER, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“You see the mission has transitioned from one which was dealing with political violence between two or three major parties to now largely intercommunal violence or violence between community-based militias which results in possibly more loss of life and as much, if not more, displacement.”

FILE – SOUTH SUDAN

5. Various shots, driving through muddy road
6. Wide shot, abandoned tank at Nhialdiu

RECENT – JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

7. SOUNDBITE (English) LT. GENERAL SHAILESH TINAIKAR, FORCE COMMANDER, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“I feel the UN system is very slow to respond to situations and there may be a requirement of a faster process since our principal job and our resources have to be prioritized for protection. We cannot rely on long bureaucratic procedures while people are dying.”

FILE – SOUTH SUDAN

8. Various shots, guard of honor by Ghanbatt

RECENT – JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

9. SOUNDBITE (English) LT. GENERAL SHAILESH TINAIKAR, FORCE COMMANDER, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Our women are doing a phenomenal job in very, very difficult circumstances, often without anything available that should be available to women out in the field, but they still volunteer to do the tough duty and move shoulder to shoulder with male peacekeepers, and actually do far more.”

FILE – SOUTH SUDAN

10. Various shots, driving through Nhialdiu

RECENT – JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

11. SOUNDBITE (English) LT. GENERAL SHAILESH TINAIKAR, FORCE COMMANDER, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Democratic structures take time to build. The process has started. I do hope that the leadership is able to get the framework of their society and their government going, established and that will then set up the path for future growth.”

FILE – SOUTH SUDAN

12. Various shots, Force commander and entourage walking through Ding Ding county

RECENT – JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

13. SOUNDBITE (English) LT. GENERAL SHAILESH TINAIKAR, FORCE COMMANDER, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“There were people who died here, and their bodies could not be sent back in time. So, you did feel a huge personal sense of loss in this period of time. But through it all I can be very happy that we never wavered on our mandate and the peacekeepers continued, not bringing their personal problems, affecting their work and we discharged the mandate for which we have been sent here by the Security Council.”

FILE – SOUTH SUDAN

14. Various shot, entourage walking through Ding Ding county
15. Various shots, Force commander handing over souvenirs

RECENT – JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

16. SOUNDBITE (English) LT. GENERAL SHAILESH TINAIKAR, FORCE COMMANDER, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“I’ll be happy to shed this uniform, having worn this without a single scar, having worn this very proudly over this long period of time. I’m very proud of having achieved, being decorated and having lived to the credo that a uniformed man should be living. So that makes me happy, and I’ll be very happy to shed it, that I’ve done my bit and I’m not going to look back again so that’s history. I look forward, as I always do. I never look back at anything, at my past tenures or my past service and I will look ahead and see if there are any new mountains to climb, out of uniform.”

FILE – SOUTH SUDAN

17. Wide shot, Force Commander walking among peacekeepers
STORYLINE
Lieutenant-General Shailesh Tinaikar is retiring from his post as Force Commander of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have a long and decorated military career.

Son of a public servant in Mumbai, The Lieutenant-General said he always wanted to be in the military and never thought of any other career.

SOUNDBITE (English) LT. GENERAL SHAILESH TINAIKAR, FORCE COMMANDER, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“I joined against the wishes of my parents, became a paratrooper, became a special service leader, specializing in desert warfare to start with and then I had a good progression. I got my promotions on time, I commanded my battalion as a Colonel, as a Brigadier in the northeast part of India, as a Major General in the northern part of India. I had the good fortune of serving in the United Nations on two previous occasions, one as a Military Observer and the second as a Staff Officer, first in Angola, which was a unique kind of a mission itself, when peacekeeping was just about taking off and secondly, in Khartoum, Sudan, before South Sudan split from Sudan.”

As the Force Commander of the world’s largest peacekeeping mission, Lieutenant-General Tinaikar leads troops from different countries who are working round the clock to protect civilians in conflict-ridden South Sudan. It’s a tough job and one that often keeps him awake at night.

SOUNDBITE (English) LT. GENERAL SHAILESH TINAIKAR, FORCE COMMANDER, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“You see the mission has transitioned from one which was dealing with political violence between two or three major parties to now largely intercommunal violence or violence between community-based militias which results in possibly more loss of life and as much, if not more, displacement.”

While being a committed peacekeeper himself, Lieutenant-General Tinaikar is also candid about the ways in which UN Peacekeeping needs to improve.

SOUNDBITE (English) LT. GENERAL SHAILESH TINAIKAR, FORCE COMMANDER, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“I feel the UN system is very slow to respond to situations and there may be a requirement of a faster process since our principal job and our resources have to be prioritized for protection. We cannot rely on long bureaucratic procedures while people are dying.”

A gender parity champion, Force Commander Tinaikar is all praise for women who serve under his command.

SOUNDBITE (English) LT. GENERAL SHAILESH TINAIKAR, FORCE COMMANDER, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Our women are doing a phenomenal job in very, very difficult circumstances, often without anything available that should be available to women out in the field, but they still volunteer to do the tough duty and move shoulder to shoulder with male peacekeepers, and actually do far more.”

Commenting on the current situation in South Sudan, Force Commander Tinaikar said he is emphatic that the world’s youngest nation needs time and patience to be able to establish itself as a true democracy and build strong institutions.

SOUNDBITE (English) LT. GENERAL SHAILESH TINAIKAR, FORCE COMMANDER, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Democratic structures take time to build. The process has started. I do hope that the leadership is able to get the framework of their society and their government going, established and that will then set up the path for future growth.”

Force Commander Tinaikar said he is concerned over the dwindling support from host governments and the international community for multidimensional peace operations and their mandates. He noted that building nations is a time-consuming process which requires decades to accomplish.

During his years at UNMISS, Force Commander Tinaikar has built relationships of trust with local interlocuters, surmounted challenges posed by difficult terrain and violence, and also had to reframe the mission’s day-to-day operations in light of COVID -19.

SOUNDBITE (English) LT. GENERAL SHAILESH TINAIKAR, FORCE COMMANDER, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“There were people who died here, and their bodies could not be sent back in time. So, you did feel a huge personal sense of loss in this period of time. But through it all I can be very happy that we never wavered on our mandate and the peacekeepers continued, not bringing their personal problems, affecting their work and we discharged the mandate for which we have been sent here by the Security Council.”

As he ends his tour of duty at UNMISS, Lieutenant-General Tinaikar will also retire from the Indian armed forces. He said he was grateful for the privilege of being able to serve in defense of his own country and people across the world for the past 42 years.

SOUNDBITE (English) LT. GENERAL SHAILESH TINAIKAR, FORCE COMMANDER, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“I’ll be happy to shed this uniform, having worn this without a single scar, having worn this very proudly over this long period of time. I’m very proud of having achieved, being decorated and having lived to the credo that a uniformed man should be living. So that makes me happy, and I’ll be very happy to shed it, that I’ve done my bit and I’m not going to look back again so that’s history. I look forward, as I always do. I never look back at anything, at my past tenures or my past service and I will look ahead and see if there are any new mountains to climb, out of uniform.”
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