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India is in the middle of a significant controversy relating to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), the subsequent attempt to shift focus of those people with the release of the information of the National Population Register (NPR) and the pending finalisation of the exercise completed in Assam with a view to identify illegal immigrants. India seems to have joined those states which are in the center of observing citizens venting their anger at the policies of their governments by agitating on the streets. The states seem to be all over the World, in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, East Asia and South America.
When these agitations are for diverse reasons, the common thread appears to be reluctance and rigidity of the ruling hierarchy to leave their exalted positions and change. What’s unusual is that while some nations are listening to the will of the people and making some amends, our government seems to be unbending, thus the circle of violence and repression by security agencies proceeds. With the majority in parliament, the political party seems to believe that its ideologies have to be pushed through come what may. Although couched in the robe of parliamentary approval this is being done unilaterally.
Typically, the opposition is only perfunctorily consulted. These facts are well known and need no elaboration. Wrongs are being sought to be made by blaming the opposition, but there’s not any letup in the agitations. A report suggesting the flip-flop of the government on whether the NRC will be preceded by the NPR or otherwise.
While political leaders have gone on record to state the NRC will precede NPR, the Annual Report of MHA says that NPR is your first step. These saddles that are changing frequently, instead of assuaging the agitators, are having the opposite effect and add to the trust deficit. The Modi Government Should Be Wary of Military Men Talking Politics Though the government has established its own counter-offensive, including mobilising its regional and state satraps, with a view to explain that no citizen of India need fear from losing citizenship due to those policy formulations’, perceptions of the polity are distinct, as lack of trust has taken its toll.
The BJP does have a cadre of employees, who try to push the party’s agenda including by stooping down to violence and even flexing their muscles. In the 72 years of our Independence, we’ve had many political parties governing the country, but two facets of their wide demeanour are’listening to the calls of the taxpayers’; and abandoning/modifying/ delaying the government actions that are being vehemently opposed by the polity. Even the coalition government headed by Shri Atal Vajpayee did so, but lately, people-friendly initiatives are seen just as preludes to major elections.
Let me now draw you into the armed forces of the nation, which collectively believe in and adhere to the cardinal principle of being secular and taking no stands in political battles in all their expressions, as laid out in our exceptionally extensive constitution. Photo: PTI/Kamal Kishore To complicated and taking the example of the army, though it’s same in the other two services, both the rank and file and officers up to the commanding officers and possibly up to brigade commanders have been and are wedded to’no politics’;’no religious or gender discrimination; and’no caste or ethnic bias’. That’s that’s the reason it’s the confidence and adulation of the people of India and the strength of the military.
Most officers at higher levels also meticulously adhere to these precepts and the military way of life, but in recent years, some in the senior hierarchy seem to have abandoned and diluted it. The senior the officer, his/her appetite for the higher ranks – fulfilling other material ambitions, including amassing the filthy lucre – afford to depart their inherited psyche and they let go of the limitations of morality in general and their training and upbringing from the service specifically. A most pitiable state as it has a direct and immediate adverse effect on all. The Many Dangers of Politicising India’s Army For the layman, it’s crucial to reevaluate the trait of’service above self’ by officers and soldiers of the Indian army and the negative effects of politicisation, especially in this information age, where all military personnel are fully aware of what is happening in the nation and understand the pros and cons of political manoeuvring that different political parties resort to for retaining their power, pelf and electoral victory.
A politicised army is one that exercises loyalty to one political party and/or advocates for and defends partisan political positions and fortunes. An nonpartisan military has been a characteristic of professionalism of the Indian army and is one of the norms underpinning democracy that is Indian. The military serves the constitution through obedience to democratically elected political leaders with regard for political party or partisan positions. This notion underwrites the peaceful transfer of power between successive governments and helps to ensure that the people of India can make governance decisions free from the danger of coercion.
This, if followed in letter and spirit, would automatically lead to the governmental leaders getting sound professional military information and to trust the experience provided by senior military officers. Furthermore, if the army also became what was coined as’committed bureaucracy’ when Indira Gandhi was the PM, voters might reasonably assume that the party would not be able to control the army if voted to power. In other words, the democratically elected representatives of the people wouldn’t be able to count on the faithful execution of national security policy, when the military explicitly favoured a particular political party. Such conditions would break down the public’s confidence in the disfavoured party, or in the army, and damage the performance of the government.
Another critical consequence of an apolitical military is that it protects the army, because the Indian Military serves chosen representatives from other political parties equally; there is no reason for those agents to treat the military differently according to their ideologies. Additionally, decisions about the financing, size, shape, and use of the military are not as likely to be driven by broader strategic, economic, and public values. Service personnel management needs to stay a procedure that is not political and skilled. From Down Under, a Reminder that Armed Forces and Politicians Don’t Mix I do not wish to quote rules and regulations, which do exist and form the cornerstone of the military profession.