I admire your courage in sticking to your well-researched report about the unusual movement of the two key army units towards New Delhi on the night of January 16-17 and of being critical of the quick denials from the defence minister and the prime minister (In denial,IE,April 5). The trust deficit between the civilian government and the army is not new. You are absolutely right that the delicate balance between the government and army is like glass and needs to be handled with care.
THE growing trust deficit between the government and the army should be an eye-opener to our political establishment,with their lack of consistency and principled functioning. No doubt,the movement of two army units towards Delhi cannot be written off as a stray violation of protocol; it should also not become a question mark against our armed forces. The onus lies on the political class to clear the mess.
DOESNT it appear strange that the two army units,as part of their routine exercise,dashed straight to the NCR on the same date when General V.K. Singh approached the Supreme Court against the government on his birth date row? Was that a show of the armys strength and a signal to the government? One and all in the country have deep regard and love for the jawan. It is now the turn of the generals to win the respect of the people by exemplary behaviour.
Office & politics
APROPOS In denial,irrespective of whether The Indian Express went too far in reading between the lines,or the government didnt want to admit the gravity of the matter; recent developments indicate a discord between the government and the army chief for which the political leadership,not the army chief,is responsible. The Indian army is a disciplined army and has always been submissive to the political leadership. The PM said that everyone has an obligation to not lower the dignity of the army chiefs office. However,the government was less than reasoned in resolving the date of birth issue and political leaders called for his dismissal. If army chiefs dignity is lowered,then can the dignity of his office be maintained?
THIS refers to Ex-admirals,officers move SC against next Army Chief (IE,April 5). Its disheartening to already read a news item involving the next army chief. All thats happening is not good for the morale of the junior army cadre. Apropos the next army chief Lt General Bikram Singh,why were pending cases allowed to linger
for so long?