Army Chief concerned on politicization of military; heres what he said

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

The Army must be kept out of politics and the politicisation of the armed forces is not good.

Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said the military works best when it's kept out of politics.

Asked later what his statement meant, the Army chief said it was a clear statement and refused to elaborate any further. 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", Rawat said during an annual lecture on national security at an event organised by the United Services Institute (USI).

Speaking at a seminar in New Delhi, Rawat said: "Of late we have been seeing that politicisation of military has been taking place".

"For our martyrs, children are entitled (to) free education". "Caste, religion, region and your political inclination do not matter in the military".

What has happened is possible because of some misunderstanding they have now capped it at Rs 10,000 because somebody must have calculated as to how much a person spends per month on a child's education. The defence forces, he said, did best when they did not meddle in the political affairs of the nation.

On the flip side, the armed forces are not immune to political interference.

Also, an order dated September 13 by the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare of the Defence Ministry said the fee for tuition and hostel expenses for children of martyrs would be capped at Rs 10,000 per month, as per the recommendations by the 7th Pay Commission.

Known not to mince words nor hold his punches back, Army chief General Bipin Rawat may well have been mouthing Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu's famous deceptive war strategies when he solicited the Indian media's help to deceive the enemy into thinking what is not. And more recently, Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat, Chief of Naval Staff, was sacked by then defence minister George Fernandes in December 1998 for daring to question the appointment of his deputy.

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