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Thursday, April 5, 2012

The last Institution...

It has been disappointing to see the Army getting embroiled in matters of Politics.We who have had so many family members serve in the armed forces recollect the discipline,uprightness and the positive force that shaped and formed what is and remains the Indian Army.

I thought when one of the brighest and most tech savvy of generals became the chief that now India as a nation would match its economic might with the military equivalent.But as often happens those on whom we have the most hope disappoint us the most!

Going to court rather than retiring gracefully,bringing up allegations a year or two from the date they happened reeks of a calculated strategy.Of all the institutions in India I would dare to say that the citizens considered the Army to be uncorruptible and above any religious or class bigotry.What a disaster its turning out to be.

What the brave jawans lacked in weaponry,armour or equipment they made up through sheer bravery and the derring-do of the brave young officers as attested by the Kargil War.The same leadership that made it unmatched in internal or external conflict today shows a crevice as  deep as its wide.

With the newspapers trying to up their circulation and seeing shadows where there are none leads to such negative publicity for an institution that has won wars,stopped riots,terrorism etc

 I remember my uncle(then a captain in the sappers) telling me that during the Golden Temple attempt to takeout Bhindranwale,the jawans took of their shoes and ran into machine gun fire so as not to harm or give offence to the Akal Takht,the temporal seat of the Sikh religion...!!

Young men and women who should be persuaded to join the army and put the nation above self(at least for a couple of years)are reading this trite in the daily newspapers....impressions are not hard to guess.

I just hope that this last bastion of India emerges unscathed and continues to  modernise and be the effective fighting force it has been as its a major part of statecraft.Read Chanakya and his Arthashasthra to understand the importance.