ArmyBy Marshal Panda: An officer prepares and leads his men into battle where the survival is dependent on mutual trust. India has fought five major wars and has emerged clear victor in four of them. The forces have contained the insurgency effectively in the north and north east. This would not have been possible had there been a trust deficit between officers and jawans.

A jawan will never trust an officer who pilfers his rations. Democratic norms, human rights are great ideals. Unfortunately wars are not fought on a democratic pattern & the battlefield mercilessly tramples upon that supreme human right – the right to life. One can’t bring these principles in to the functioning of a regular army, whose only business is war.

A man fleeing battle can be shot dead without trial. You can’t bring the right of appeal here. Those who believe in lofty ideals are swell guys and are meant for better places. The honour of wearing the uniform for the nation must go to those who are prepared to ride it rough.

Some grievance videos of service personnel have gone viral and the media has practically erupted. Sure, corrupt officers do exist. Corruption & misuse must be rooted out strongly. The guilty must be given exemplary punishment. Having said that, the media eruption in an atmosphere where the incumbent Army Chief has issued three warnings in two weeks, one is tempted to ask this question – Are we the unwitting becoming victims of a sustained information warfare to loosen the moral cohesion of the Army?

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By Marshal Panda: An officer prepares and leads his men into battle where the survival is dependent on mutual trust. India has fought five major wars and has emerged clear victor in four of them. The forces have contained the insurgency effectively in the north and north east. This...