From a professional, apolitical army, is the fifth largest army in the world getting increasingly politicised?
- General V.K. Singh (retd) is the first army chief to become a minister.
- The former chief had triggered a controversy by claiming that the army regularly paid ministers in J& K.
- Under present chief, General Suhag, the army invited Baba Ramdev to address officers and sent soldiers to Ramdev’s ashram for training
- Retired Colonel Karan Kharab wrote in the RSS mouthpiece Organiser to warn about the ‘fifth columnists’ within the armed forces
The Art of Living event has been captured in a photo that went viral—not one of grand spectacle but armymen in fatigues building pontoon bridges for a private event. The presence of PM Modi and a few ministers at the event has added to the fodder for critics who blame the army for dancing to the tune of politicians. It’s an accusation...