The public has largely missed the most sinister thing that Bhagwat’s comments alluded to – the increasing militarisation of society where conformists drive dissenters into the shadows.
The mindless advocacy of war and operational readiness is dangerous, and confirms how little the political class and so-called cultural organisations like RSS know and understand national defence and security.
Mohan Bhagwat boasted that his cadres can be deployed at the border in a matter of days while the army would take “6-7 months”.
Two army personnel were killed and nine people were wounded, an army spokesman said. Two militants had also been killed as of Saturday evening.
There is no dearth of ideas on the ways in which the defence ministry’s capital account can be fully utilised – only a lack of will.
The army said it had no choice but to defend itself when it was attacked by an unruly mob with stones.
Recalling the path-breaking dialogues of Gandhi, Ambedkar and Tagore that give us a vision of India beyond hyper-masculine and obsessively self-conscious militarised nationalism.
“The status quo at the face-off site has not been altered. Any suggestion to the contrary is inaccurate and mischievous.”
We have ended up countenancing a militarisation of our foreign policy and diplomacy. Are we comfortable with the idea of a general usurping the political leader’s prerogative?
The ultimate battle of any counter-insurgency campaign lies on the psychological front.
The firing, seen as a retaliation for the killing of four Army personnel, comes two days after Pakistani troops killed an Indian Army major and three jawans.
Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission had directed the state government in July to give Rs 10 lakh compensation for torture to Dar.
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.
Vinod Dua discusses the BJP’s attempt to appropriate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and the government’s decision to rope in the Indian Army to rebuild the Elphinstone bridge in Mumbai.
While the army stated it did not cross the international border, an NSCN (K) leader has claimed the encounter took place on the outskirts of Langkhu village, which is located “10-15 kms” inside Myanmar.
The new rule has been put in place to make communication with Chinese Liberation Army soldiers at the India-China border smoother.
The Indian army’s higher leadership must reflect on its role as the sword arm of the republic, and have a clear vision of itself as the upholder of law.
Nearly half of India’s weapons, including tanks and artillery guns, have stocks for less than ten days of combat.
There has been no enhancement of troops at the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in Doklam; in Nathu La, Indian and Chinese soldiers hold border meeting
Relatives of the 2010 fake encounter victims are still in shock over the armed forces tribunal decision to suspend the sentence of the guilty officers and jawans.
Tanveer Ahmad Wani’s death, which the police and army say was in response to stone pelting, is the eighth killing in Beerwah since the 2016 uprising and has only added to the anger across Valley.
“We will create a situation where people will love the nation. And if they don’t, we will force them to love it,” the head of Veterans India has said.
Despite objections by the government and the army, a two-judge bench ordered the CBI to institute a SIT to probe the alleged extra-judicial killings.
Internet services across the Valley were snapped on Thursday night as a precautionary measure to maintain law ahead of Burhan Wani’s death anniversary.
Khan, who is the general secretary of SP, had reproached the “shameful violent incidents” by armed forces Kashmir, Tripura, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
The Chinese army yesterday accused the Indian military of stopping a road construction in what it claims to be China’s “sovereign territory” in the Sikkim section of the India-China border.
In closing comments, Vivek Katju replies to Partha Chatterjee’s response to his critique of the latter’s original article on the justification the Indian army chief provided for the use of a Kashmiri civilian as a human shield.
After promoting a morphed photo of Iwo Jima and a doctored video of Kanhaiya Kumar, he now cites notorious Pakistani website to target NDTV
Vinod Dua discusses the plight of the farmers in India, questions what the Modi government has done for Indian soldiers and discusses the BJP’s flip-flop over beef.
This village in Maharashtra has been sending soldiers to the armed forces since the First World War, and though many of the families have not received their dues from the government, the passion for the services runs deep.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is not a picaresque tale of sorrowers but a saga of small-time renegades of fate who emerge as portraits each of a singular fortitude through the darkest hour.
A top army official said today that the assaults were carried out recently as Pakistani posts were supporting infiltration inside India.
Major Leetul Gogoi was awarded the army’s ‘Commendation Card’ for his ‘sustained efforts’ in counter-insurgency operations.
The document should have been a forward looking and ambitious doctrine, instead, written in complex, difficult to unravel sentences, it seems almost inward-bound.
If only some way could be found to target the BATs specifically, then some kind of a deterrent pressure could be built. As of now, the poor jawans who get killed are merely collateral damage.
“Bodies of soldiers being mutilated is an extreme form of barbaric act. The whole country has full faith in our armed forces which will react appropriately to the act,” defence minister Arun Jaitley said.
Poonam Agarwal is the journalist who made a hidden camera recording exposing the sahayak system in an army camp.
The Narendra Modi government claims “the Indian army has a record of maintaining the highest level of humanity,” but cases from Manipur and Kashmir indicate otherwise.
Journalists’ body alleges that the government and army are focusing on Poonam Agarwal to derail the debate on the controversial ‘sahayak system’.
The army says Roy Matthew committed suicide. He had been missing since February 25, the day after the video was released.