LET US READ SOME OF HIS RECENT STATEMENTS IN MEDIA:
Army Chief Bipin Rawat says, He is not affected by those who have compared him with British General Reginald Dyer. “There is no need to react… It should not bother me.”
“See, I am an Army officer. Just anything cannot affect me. You have to be prepared to face such… People can misinterpret (comments made by him),”
Asked if he was not hurt by the comparison, he said: “Not at all”. He added that people should be left to judge. “People are the best judges; majority’s decision will be right,” he said.
On 13th April 1919, people gathered at the Jallianwala Bagh to peacefully protest the arrest of two leaders Dr. Satyapal and Dr. Saifuddin, despite a curfew being declared.
On the order of General Dyer, the soldiers fired on crowd for ten minutes resulting in the death of about 1000 people and injuring more than a thousand. To save themselves, people resorted to jumping into a nearby well and it is said that 120 bodies were recovered from here after the massacre.
History of the Indian Mutiny, The First War of Sainik Swaraj, which broke out 150 years ago and is acknowledged to have been the greatest challenge to any European power in the 19th century, claims that the British pursued a murderous decade-long campaign to wipe out millions of people who dared rise up against them. There was an “untold holocaust” which caused the deaths of almost 10 million people over 10 years beginning in 1857.
The British massacred more than ten million Indians who rose up and asked for their Swarajya. The British soldiers plundered thousands of villages and burned alive all the inhabitants including women and children. Hundreds of villagers were hanged on trees outside those villages to instil fear.
The first war of ‘Swarajya’ ‘Independence’ The War of Sainik Swaraj was instigated by our Very own Jawans. The Flag bearer of the war of Sainik Swaraj was Sepoy Mangal Pandey who happened to be BATMAN / SEWADAR / SAHAYAK of a British officer and felt that it was humiliating to be ENSLAVED.
This humiliation awoke the feeling of Swarajya in the enslaved Indian Soldiers and they ROSE up to fight the mighty and powerful British. Just as Lance Naik Yagya Pratap Singh, Lance Naik Roy Mathew, Constable Tej Bahadur Yadav rose up against their Enslavement.
The BSF is liberal so Tej Bahadur wasn’t murdered. The Army is not, so ROY MATHEW was killed.
“If any Jawan has any grievance, he has been provided with the proper forum to resolve his issue and maintain a balance. If you are not satisfied with the action, then you can contact me directly,” Gen Rawat said.
Although, one would like to clarify that Tej Bahadur was a BSF Jawan and the BSF was conceived after independence but set of rules, regulations and the Colonial Mind set remains nearly the same as in Army.
The Army is the worst if colonial era Hangover is to be considered a parameter. One can easily earmark by the brutal killing of Lance Naik Roy Mathew. The massive cover up and the exercise to ‘shoot the messenger’, against the poor Journalist Poonam Aggrawal of ‘THE QUINT’.
Systematic social media and Tele media campaigns were run to spread malice against the late Jawan Roy Mathew and poor Journo Poonam Aggrawal by some crony groups which protects dirty interests of certain officers of the Indian Army and is being secretly empowered and funded by thousands of Crores of Rupees meant for Secret Ops.
Please Read what Tej Bahadur Yadav has to say.
I wasn’t given a fair trial. I wanted to call colleagues as witnesses but they never allowed me to call them. The entire court martial proceeding was an eye wash.
I tried to report corruption but no one listened to me. So I wanted to expose corruption from within the system. There are different quality of food items and clothing for the Jawans and the officers. Jawans are treated as inferiors.
The quality of food served to Jawans improved by 70 per cent after my video went viral and I got a lot of support from my fellow Jawans.
Earlier also I had picked up a fight with one of the inspectors in my unit. It was over the money meant to feed cows which were caught during smuggling because the inspector was keeping the money for himself.
I suspected they would kill me but media saved my life. My colleagues warned me not to eat in confinement as I could be poisoned so I went on a hunger strike.
It is always the Jawan who is penalised and the corrupt officers always get away with it. That is the most painful part.
The British historians claim the mutiny (1857-THE RISING) was the result of disgruntled Jawans raising religious issues due to the Bullets being wrapped by PORK and BEEF.
The Indian ARMY and BSF now claim that the Jawans who speak up against slavery, Humiliation, Separate Food, Different Set of Rules for Officers and Jawans and Corruption is due to Indiscipline. Disgruntled Jawans are making false allegations.
THE BSF STATEMENT ON INDICTMENT OF SEPOY MANGAL PANDEY
An act pre-judicial to good order and discipline of the force in which he made false allegations on social media regarding the quality of food and did not adhere to the formal grievance redressal mechanism of the force.
Neglect to obey general orders of the force in which he carried two mobile phones while on operational duty against the SOP and also posted photographs in uniform on social media in contravention of instructions.
Constable Tej Bahadur Yadav was found guilty of all charges and awarded dismissal from service.
Read what Union Minister of State for Defence has to say:
Incidents of grievances posted on social media by armed forces personnel are minuscule and Jawans are “very happy”, “Mental disturbance” from personal or other issues might have prompted a small number of Jawans to take to social media to air their grievances.
ARMY CHIEF GENERAL BIPIN’S STERN WARNING TO JAWANS:
“Jawans taking to social media to complain could be punished. It (airing of grievances on social media) has (negative) impact on the brave Jawans who are serving the country along the border,” “If any Jawan has any grievance, he has been provided with the proper forum to resolve his issue and maintain a balance. If you are not satisfied with the action, then you can contact me directly,” Gen Rawat said.
Recently, senior Congress politician Sandeep Dikshit had compared India’s serving army chief to a “Sadak Ka Goonda”.
Instead of using curse words or playing the Blame Game, we need to understand that the Armed Forces are no holy cow but are integral part of the Democratic system. We must keep asking them difficult questions. The very patriotic soldiers of this nation deserves our respect, love and solidarity as much as their colonial laws and practices needed to be immediately reformed.
Author- Petty Officer Manan Bhatt, Veteran
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