Not hurt by comparison with General Dyer, says Army chief Bipin Rawat

General Rawat said, "See, I am an Army officer, just anything cannot affect me. You have to be prepared to face such.... People can misinterpret (comments made by him)."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 8, 2017 4:07 pm
Bipin Rawat, kashmir, General Dyer, Partha Chatterjee, General Dyer Bipin Rawat Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat (File)

Days after getting compared to the infamous General Dyer, who ordered the massacre in the Jallianwala Bagh, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday said he is unperturbed by the comparison. “See, I am an Army officer, just anything cannot affect me. You have to be prepared to face such…. People can misinterpret (comments made by him). There is no need to react. He (Chatterjee) was trying to draw a reaction from somewhere else. It should not bother me,” said Rawat.

When asked if he was not hurt by the comparison, he said, “Not at all. People are the best judges; majority’s decision will be right.” In 1919, General Dyer, had ordered firing at a crowd of protesters in Jallianwala Bagh of Amritsar on April 13, in which 379 people were killed.

In an article in portal The Wire, academician Partha Chatterjee, had compared General Rawat  to General Dyer. In the article titled, “In Kashmir, India Is Witnessing Its Moment”, Chatterjee had written, “There are chilling similarities between the justifications advanced for the actions of the British Indian army in Punjab in 1919 and those being offered today in defence of the acts of the Indian army in Kashmir.”

The article was widely condemned but Chatterjee defended it saying he stands by what he wrote.  “I have nothing to say. I have written what I have written. I am not changing anything at all,” Partha Chatterjee had told ANI.

In his article, he quoted General Dyer’s testimony before the Hunter Commission and compared it to Army Chief Bipin Rawat’s  justification of Major Gogoi’s ‘innovative’ tactics of using human shield to tackle the insurgency. Major Gogoi has been in the spotlight after a video surfaced showing a man tied on the bonnet of an Army jeep in Jammu and Kashmir’s Badgam during the Srinagar Lok Sabha by-election on April 9, 2017.

Rawat also said that the condition in Kashmir will be normal soon. Speaking on the volatile situation of Kashmir, the Army Chief added social media is an important tool being used by Pakistan to create unrest in Kashmir. “Pakistan is spreading disinformation among the youth of Kashmir with doctored videos and messages. This is further supported by some of the people in the valley who spread it and glamorize the young boys who have joined terrorist organisations.”

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  1. I
    Jun 9, 2017 at 9:03 am
    You are a loud-mouthed person General Sahab, just like your Joomla-master. Don't make a nuisance everyday like a stani General.
    1. I
      Jun 9, 2017 at 9:04 am
    2. I
      Jun 9, 2017 at 8:59 am
      Please don't join politics and BJP after you retire. There is already a blot on Army made by your senior.
      1. I
        Jun 9, 2017 at 8:55 am
        Why would you hurt if you would consider his acts justifiable and implement it in your own way and justifying yet again under the hood of innovative tactics?
        1. M
          Jun 9, 2017 at 7:23 am
          Thanks Bipin ji. You showed the world the difference between Humans and Aryans, BARB-ARYANS. As you are aware the war in Kashmere is between Aryan Pigs and Kashmere Humans.
          1. N
            Jun 9, 2017 at 5:20 am
            General Rawat the nation loves you. The elephant walks gracefully ignoring barking dogs....
            1. S
              Saroj Choudhury
              Jun 9, 2017 at 5:03 am
              There is conflict of opinions of people who want J&K by persuasive method but only speaking from comfort of their bedroom or drawing room and others who are mandated to ensure that J&K remains an integral part of India. It is time to drag these bedroom advisers to the LOC and other troubled areas to make them contribute peaceful resolution of issues or lose their lives.
              1. A
                Jun 9, 2017 at 1:12 am
                Cowbelt general, no better than fake Yogi Adityanath. Big talk like the last Asiatic hippo Amit Shah. But coward like him. Has to have a human shield.
                1. V
                  Jun 9, 2017 at 1:03 am
                  Sir, we Indians are with you. What some sold-out people say deserve to be consigned to the garbage bin. Go ahead sir and ensure traitors are eliminated from this great nation's soil.
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