Comparing Army chief to General Dyer is sad, uncalled for: Sunil Lanba

Academician Partha Chatterjee, in a piece published on a news website, had drawn comparison between Rawat and Dyer after the former commended Major Leetul Gogoi's action of using a civilian as a human shield in Kashmir. 

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:June 8, 2017 9:32 pm
Bipin Rawat General Dyer comparison, Bipin Rawat, Sunil Lanba on Bipin Rawat General Dyer comparison, 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre, indian express news  Navy chief Sunil Lanba (File Photo)

Comparing Army chief Bipin Rawat to General Dyer, who had earned notoriety for ordering the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre, is a “sad comparison”, his naval counterpart Admiral Sunil Lanba said on Thursday. Academician Partha Chatterjee, in a piece published on a news website, had drawn comparison between Rawat and Dyer after the former commended Major Leetul Gogoi’s action of using a civilian as a human shield in Kashmir.

“It is a sad comparison and is uncalled for,” Lanba said. On April 13, 1919, Dyer had ordered firing on unarmed people gathered at the Jallianwala Baug in Amritsar. The Navy chief was speaking on the sidelines of an flag-in ceremony of Indian Naval Mountaineering Team.

In an interview, Rawat had also said that the Indian Army is fully ready for a “two-and-a-half front (China, Pakistan and internal security requirements simultaneously) war”. To this, Lanba sought to buttress the point saying, “The Indian armed forces are always ready for any contingency.”

Reacting to a report by US Department of Defence (DoD) that China is likely to establish additional military bases in Pakistan and other countries with which it has longstanding friendly ties and similar strategic interests, Lanba said the navy is monitoring the development.

In its annual report to the Congress on China’s military build-up, the DoD said China’s construction of military base in the strategic location of Djibouti is just the first of what will likely be an ongoing expansion in friendly foreign ports around the world.

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  1. R
    Jun 9, 2017 at 12:55 am
    These Kashmiri Muslims - the majority of them are NOT Indians - they don't think of themselves as Indiana and reject everything about India and Indian culture. They hold only one thing in their heart as sacred and that is their Islam and their sense of being Muslims. These are the kind of people that India saw move to stan - unfortunately that did not happen in Kashmir after 1947and India is burdened with a large number of Kashmiri Muslims who are not Indian in character or at udes. This is a problem we must not shy away from recognizing and try to brush under the carpet. By applying blanket terms of "Indian" to all Kashmiris - we cheapen what it means to be Indian. If traitorous stan/ISIS supporters are also Indian citizens then what should loyal citizens feel about their country ? What should a soldier who is defending his country feel if such kind of people are also "Indians" ?
    1. P
      Jun 8, 2017 at 11:31 pm
      Would very much appreciate explanation what is according to Army Chief normal. In J&K is AFSPA in force as J&K is defined as "disturbed areas" . I do not think that disturbed areas with AFSPA in force should be considered normal. Our standards of normal should be much higher, comparable to majority of Indian states (Kerala, Gujarat, Goa...)
      1. B
        Jun 8, 2017 at 10:59 pm
        People like Partha Chatterjee, whose hearts bleed for the terrorists in Kashmir and the stone peltors who help the terrorists escape, can volunteer to go to kashmir and bring the situation under control.The Army will happily with draw from Kashmir, if the government permits. Alternatively they can atleast go to kasmir and negotiate with the APHC, separatists and terrorists and make them shun violence. No, they will not do both. They will only sit in their AC offices/homes and criticise the army.
        1. W
          Jun 9, 2017 at 12:16 am
          yes its the same as the punjab where these human rights activists launched a witch hunt against the security forces led by mr kps gill after terrorism ended, but never had the guts to enter the state when bullets were raining down left right and centre taking the lives of innocents of all faiths.