This is not an American action movie in 1997 with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts in the lead roles. This conspiracy theory relates to the recent confrontation between the leaders of the armed forces and the Government, which has silenced India with fear and mistrust. Disbelief, because the people of this country, who are already balancing with the threat of corruption involving most (not all) government officials, in their wildest dreams did not expect the murder of his character by the most revered hand of the Defense – the army. Most members of the government, from the most senior officials to one person, are undoubtedly corrupt. In fact, it has become more like a daily soap opera with a new minister or bureaucrat getting into a mega-scandal every day. But how should people react when reports of a corrupt army make national headlines? It’s definitely not an everyday soap! While people are already getting used to scandals involving government officials and leave fate and the judicial system in favor of justice, news of scandals involving the military has certainly broken.
When public sector employees want to raise the issue/concern to the government, whether it’s their salary or some other crisis, they walk down the street in protest. But this is not the case with our armed forces. Even if they wish, neither the Javanes (in English, which means “soldiers”), nor the army personnel can protest against the head of the army against corruption. Unfortunately, despite the dirt at the top, the Javanese selflessly give their lives for the land and make sure that people have a good sleep. The policy at the highest level between defence and government agencies minimizes the work that our young men and women in the armed forces are doing to protect us. The only way to thank our defenders for their dedicated work is to continue to support them. Welcome to everyone!
The standoff between the army commander and the government began with a fight against the age at which an army commander sued the government, claiming he was a year younger than the official books.
A few weeks later, the army chief, 14, said the former army commander had offered him a contract in 2010 to buy low-quality trucks. This was immediately followed by another blow, in which an allegedly confidential letter to the Prime Minister of India, stating the inconsistency and obsolescence of our military capabilities, was uncovered by an unknown source and subsequently also made public. These revelations of the Commander-in-Chief not only cornered the Minister of Defence and the Government, people had no idea what was going on with the protection charged with protecting them.
It was nothing more than another blow when rumours of a military coup swirled in the air, repeated in January this year over the unauthorized “troop movement” in Delhi. Of course, the army commander, the Minister of Defence and the Prime Minister were quick to put out the fire of this “absolutely stupid” story. More importantly, it was very important that the media stop publicly pulling out this issue. Thank God, the courts have banned the media from reconstructing the history of “troop movement.” For God’s sake, we can’t make the latest national news of confidential information. The executive, the legislature, the judiciary, the media and the people are bound by the principles of secrecy, and we cannot resort to the public washing of dirty laundry, endangering the national security of our country. Opportunism will not only harm the rest of the world, but will also help our neighbours believe that India is not ready to defend itself and that we are a disintegrated group.
Having said that, it is so frightening how busy we are with the collection of high-tech military artillery and military equipment and even boast of our modern military capabilities. Yes, we should be ready to defend ourselves 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But I would also like us and the rest of the world to compete to spend so much time and money building relationships.
On a lighter note, I think that Bollywood director, producer and writer Prakhash Jha, known for his political and socio-political films, should follow this story through a magnifying glass as it evolves. You never know that in a few years Prakash Jha will release a film based on the confrontation between the command and defense of the army, and call it “State coup.” And like all his films, this film would have benefited from the controversy that followed.
I am a communications manager, an elected deputy representative of the staff, R.J., voice, presenter and blogger. A budding journalist/presenter. Expressive. Believe in my freedom of speech. He likes to listen and share views on economic, social, political and international affairs. Completed two half marathons (21 km) in 2011 and 2012.