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Charges against VK Singh motivated

Kuldip Nayar in his article 'Government-Army relationship' (October 2) has said that Gen V K Singh is playing politics. He has also suggested that the General should have waited for 10 years to join politics. Are these conditions only for the Army and not for the bureaucrats and those who hold high positions in extremely sensitive fields?

Gen V K Singh is a straightforward soldier and is widely respected in the Army as well as by ex-servicemen. The spontaneous response to the ex-servicemen rally organised under the aegis of Gen V K Singh at Rewari on September 15 has amply proved his popularity among the ex-servicemen. He is the first General who has taken up the cudgels against the apathetic attitude of the government towards the genuine demands of the ex-servicemen as well as the serving ones, be it one rank one pension, widow pension, rank pay fiasco, pay anomalies viz-a-viz their civilian counterparts, non-functional upgradation or the repeated humiliations being suffered by the ex-servicemen due to downgrading their rank and status since Independence.

Is the writer aware about the Supreme Court judgment where it had said that the government should not mistreat the Army? The allegations being levelled against him are politically motivated and false. If the government is really serious about it, then why shouldn't they constitute an inquiry against him by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court? It is quite evident that the government is trying to humiliate the General through vested interests, since they are really feeling jittery after seeing the surging crowd at the Rewari rally.



Gen V K Singh's candid admission that Jammu and Kashmir ministers are on the payroll of the Army has exposed the ugly side of the Indian government. Earlier, there was a popular perception that the directors of the intelligence agencies were more powerful then elected the Chief Minister in Kashmir. However, General Singh has added another dimension by revealing that so-called elected legislators in Jammu and Kashmir were dummies being remote-controlled by the Army.

The people in these states, who have borne the brunt of brute force, already knew that the Army was ruling the disputed territory by proxy. However, now the "hidden fact" has become talk of the town, thanks to the former general's deliberate outburst. For over the past 50 years, the governments formed in so-called troubled states had always been a façade. In real terms, a writ of the security establishment always runs as it helps the forces to unleash the reign of terror on the people without taking blame for all that 'went wrong'. What Gen V K Singh has revealed is merely 'the tip of the iceberg'. Let the President constitute a commission headed by sitting judges of the Supreme Court to dig out the truth.



Beginning with Field Marshal K M Cariappa, Indian generals have been in the news for good reasons. But V K Singh appears to be an exception. Starting with his date of birth controversy till date, he has been in the spotlight for wrong reasons. To join or not to join politics is his prerogative but the sovereignty, security, status, stature and sanctity of the country is the concern of the people of India as a whole.

On the eve of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the US, the former General has done incalculable damage to the country, especially keeping in view the scheduled meeting of our Prime Minister with his counterpart Nawaz Sharif on September 29. Generals always stand for the prestige of an institution, their personal ambitions notwithstanding.


A good verdict

This is with reference to the news report 'HC: Elderly can stay…' (September 27). The Punjab and Haryana High Court order in the retired Chief Justice Dewan's case is widely acknowledged as a landmark judgement. It is clear from the judgement that the mindset of the judiciary is changing with the changing times and people have immense trust in the judiciary. The judgement to allow the parents to stay in their house and children to move out in case of property dispute is significant enough to justify the aforesaid lines. The very purpose of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens Act, 2007, is thus solely intact. The high court admitted that the culmination of civil proceedings may take time and it should not defeat the purpose of justice. The HC has thus admitted that "justice delayed is justice denied" and has stepped forward to remove this evil.


Monkey menace

So many farmers have already committed suicide because of the loss of their crops due to the apathy and laxity of successive governments. And now the menace of wild animals, especially monkeys, has made things worse for farmers. Thousands of farmers have stopped farming, leaving their lands barren and abandoned. Some self-appointed custodians of the Hindu religion have been opposing to kill monkeys. The sterilisation of monkeys is practically not feasible. Will these so-called animal lovers tell whose existence is more important -- monkeys or human beings?


Partition of Punjab

This refers to the Manleen Sandhu's write-up 'Recording Punjab's darkest hours for posterity' (September 24). Gandhiji declared that Pakistan would come into being on his corpse. However, it happened on the cadavers of one million Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. Over two crore people were uprooted. Thousands of women were abducted. Humanity disappeared. Barbarity ruled the roost. Ethnic cleansing shattered age-old communal harmony and became the order of the day on both sides of the Ravi. It was the darkest chapter in the history of India and Pakistan.

A couple of hours before a large mob of marauders plundered our village and killed four handicapped persons, we left around pitch-dark midnight to a safe place. There being a large number of children and old and ailing people and torrential rains our "qafilah" headed for India at a snail's place. Crowds of hoodlums roaring "Allah-o-Akbar" (God is great) frequently attacked the caravan and because of sporadic skirmishes both sides suffered some casualties. About a decade ago, I met at Lahore some old Muslims, who had migrated to Pakistan. They looked back nostalgically to the days they had spent in their native thorps. A man, whose 12 relatives were ruthlessly killed while en route to Pakistan, used some harsh expletives about Jinnah.




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