The army chief’s decision to deploy soldiers to build railway over-bridges and clean up garbage reflects a desire to please his political masters, even if at the cost of the men he commands.
The Modi government must guard against ‘sleepwalking’ into conflict.
In 2013, the UK Supreme Court allowed families of soldiers who died in combat to sue the government for damages. There are good reasons for this to happen in India as well.
Honour is essential to a professional army. But the top brass in Indian defence, at both the military and the ministry level, seem to have forgotten that.