03 December, 2020

Habeas Cardia... Et Backbone Too

Dalbir Singh Suhag is a favourite of politicians, but he is losing the confidence of his compatriots in the army

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General Dalbir Singh Suhag during a drill
Photo by Sanjay Rawat
Habeas Cardia... Et Backbone Too

Crossing Lines

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...



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