Sunday, September 5, 2010

Spare the Army

I am pained to see The Tribune publishing articles against the Army day after day- Click links below to follow the storyline:

  • At stake, the Army’s izzat
  • Indiscipline in forces a reflection of society Aug 25
  • Army’s image on the decline Aug 28

    There is no decline and no threat to the Army’s image. It is as disciplined and operationally prepared as ever.

    Yes, there have been unfortunate cases of some senior officers involved in corruption or scams, and some cases of fake encounter. There would always be a few black sheep in every organisation. What is important is that action is taken against these black sheep. The Army spares none. Does that happen in the bureaucracy or politics?

    The Army is not only guarding borders, but also proves to be a saviour during natural calamities and helps in maintaining internal security. During the recent floods in Haryana, it were the men in the olive green who helped the civil authorities in rescue operations, and restoring the essential services. In Leh, the Army and the Air Force proved to be saviours of the people during the devastation that followed the cloudburst. It is the Army men who are dying every day, fighting the militants, in the valley. It is easy to criticise, carry out protests, and sit on dharnas. Army men do not do that. They continue doing their assigned tasks selflessly. It is the finest organisation and strongest pillar of the country. Individuals are never bigger than the organisation. Let us respect the soldier and discard the black sheep.
    Col R D SINGH, Ambala Cantt
    The Tribune: Spare the Army
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