Social media, the new weapon of Indian Army jawans

In the latest video, jawan Sindhav Jogidas is seen accusing senior officers of treating their sahayak as slave.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: March 7, 2017 11:16 pm
A new video featuring an Indian Army jawan complaining of ill treatment of subordinates by superiors has gone viral across various social media circuits. (Representational Image)

A new video featuring an Indian Army jawan complaining of ill treatment of subordinates by superiors has gone viral across various social media circuits. In the latest video, jawan Sindhav Jogidas is seen accusing senior officers of treating their sahayak as slave. The Army however, rejected Jogidas allegations saying the matter has been investigated and his charges were found to be false and baseless.

Social media these days has become an effective tool to voice out opinions and challenge the status-quo by the jawans. Earlier, BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Singh had uploaded two videos from his Facebook account, one showing the poor quality food being given to jawans and the other emphasizing addressing the Prime Minister to come out in his support as he was being mentally tortured by his superiors for exposing the miserable conditions faced by low-rank soldiers.

Jogidas has gone step further by stating that a Court of Inquiry (COI) was ordered against him for writing to the PMO and the Defence Ministry. He mentioned that the ‘Sahayak’ system prevailed within the Army where jawans were forced to do menial jobs. According to the Army jawan, despite bad food and poor facilities, combatants are forced to serve senior officers within the army. Recently, Kerala jawan Roy Mathew, featuring in a sting operation video criticizing the sahayak system, was found dead in his barrack at Deolali in Maharashtra. It was assumed that he committed suicide out of fear of being punished for speaking against his superiors. Another jawan revealed in a YouTube video that he was forced to “wash clothes, polish boots and walk dogs” for his seniors.

The constant debate raised by the intelligentsia over the plight of jawans in BSF and Army has given the issue raised by Jogidas, and his colleagues in recent past, considerable mileage at the mainstream media platforms. Given the sensitivity of the issue, the opposition parties have united to grill the center over the hostility faced by Indian Sepoy at their base camps.

At a time when mainstream journalism is experiencing radical outrage over free-thinking, social media has become the new tool for eminent scholars, youth and the common man to take a stand against hooliganism, nepotism and corruption. Social media activism has become the most impactful approach towards exercising one’s democratic rights and constitutional duties. And it seems the jawans are making maximum use of it these days.

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  1. A
    Mar 8, 2017 at 8:51 am
    The buddy system is of British origin. Not relevant in a modern army. Don't justify your wrongs with wrong done by others.
    1. R
      Mar 7, 2017 at 7:44 pm
      Rahul ji - Hum log tab bhi gali dete theyy. Bas tab tumko bhai lagte theyy aaj dushman. Itna hi farak hai ki Galat ko Galat hi bola chahe Modi ho Manmohan ya Kejriwal.
      1. K
        Mar 8, 2017 at 4:15 am
        Who are these guys who are seen in the media and complaining about their own organization. Shame on them they are most incompetent and indisciplined soldiers who have nothing to look forward in service,and realizing no promotions due to their incompetence would resort to cribbing about mother like organization.
        1. D
          Dennis Bosco
          Mar 9, 2017 at 12:14 am
          1. E
            Mar 8, 2017 at 12:29 am
            If they don't like the job they should leave the job.Sahayak job is not created in last 3 years it is there from so many years.Why are they silent all these years.Is it a conspiracy by ISI and their agents in India to defame and create a rift between army and Government.I would request the army who ever is not happy with their job should be immediately relieved and recruit new one.
            1. F
              Mar 7, 2017 at 9:35 pm
              Next time there is a war, let the social media lead these jawans into battle. A jawan in the army with his pay and other allowances is far better off than a young MBA working in small towns.For every jawan who complains there are ten thousand who are happy and content and willing.
              1. M
                Mar 8, 2017 at 7:47 am
                No one sends you an invitation to opt for this job. The challenges and issues are well known to the individual enrolled in the defence services. At 18000 feet you can not expect good food or very comfortable life style. lt;br/gt;You are free to opt out from the service or take VRS, there is no other NAUKARI which pata a 10th p, a sum of 25000 Rs as initial ry. Free uniform, food, free accommodation and medical;br/gt;Shame on you to blame the profession who has been feeding you and your entire family.
                1. J
                  Mar 8, 2017 at 2:20 am
                  10 lakh soldiers enrolled only for serving our country, not for serving any of the officer family. Indian Army wants a revolution...nothing more..All these 2.5 - 3 lakh servant sepoys are free from all duties, the term "right sizing" fit here. All jawans are crying for only one thing...they only want to serve the country..
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