When the Army Failed the Bhakts

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When the Army Failed the Bhakts

Illustration: Palak Bansal


typical day in the life of an online patriot involves waking up at sunrise to perform surya namaskar, offering prayers before their shrine to Godse, and eating a wholesome breakfast (cup of chai mandatory). Then, they can commence their daily mission of dispensing wisdom and sanskaar across Facebook and YouTube comment sections. Of course, a key component is invoking the Indian Army and the jawans giving their lives on the border to guilt liberals into silence, but Army Chief Bipin Rawat just ruined the party.

The outspoken leader of the Armed Forces was at an event in New Delhi when he said, “The military should be somehow kept out of politics. Of late, we have been seeing that politicisation of the military has been taking place. I think we operate in a very secular environment. We have a very vibrant democracy where the military should stay far away from the polity.” This should come as troubling news to a government that likes to co-opt the success of the Army’s surgical strikes. Coincidentally or not, this is also the same government that benefits from the retired Major General GD Bakshi acting as its proxy in debates on TV news channels.