Major General Gagandeep Bakshi (retd) is possibly India’s most famous thinking and talking military veteran. He is best known for his forceful articulation of the national interest on prime time news on several channels.
Jawans taking to social media
Seemingly dismayed by recent incidents of Army jawans and other soldiers taking to social media to put out their grievances, he called those sentiments as divisive in a Facebook post.
He said from 10th century onwards India lost to every invader. “They came to loot us and enslaved us for 1000 years, because we were fighting against each other. The internal friction became so sharp that some of us were even willing to join hands with the enemy.”
In a recent video, Lance Naik Yagya Pratap Singh, posted in 42 Infantry Brigade in Dehradun, said that after he wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the defence minister, President and the Supreme Court in June last year, about soldiers being used for gardening, cleaning and maintaining the homes of higher officials. He said his brigade received a communication from PMO asking for a probe into his problems, but said that instead of investigating his superiors began harassing him and also initiated an enquiry, which could potentially result in his court-martial.
This has prompted the army to immediately issue a statement that “individual grievances” cannot be ruled out in a large army and that the concerns raised by the soldiers are being addressed.
It all started with BSF trooper Tej Bahadur Yadav posting a video on social media, in which he alleged that the troopers are served bad quality food and at times they are forced to go the bed hungry. He also accused unnamed officers of illegally selling off the food supplies meant for the troopers.
Serving the same cause
He said we are serving for the same cause. “Some people even spoke of mutinies in the Forces. The Pakistanis are absolutely delighted. Please see their TV Channels and news papers and things will fall into perspective,” he wrote.
There are numerous reports in Pakistani media (including websites and TV channels) on Indian soldiers airing grievances in public through social media.
Let us unite
He urged everyone in the Armed forced to unite. He asked everyone to refrain to not do things that split and divide the organisation. “Let us work to bring about the changes needed in a harmonious way that preserves and strengthens the organisations that have been built up over the years with the sacrifice of all – officers, JCOs , men-soldiers , constables, civilians – every one,” he added.
He appealed to not fall prey to divisive tendencies and negative emotions.
He urged Indian soldiers to not anything that weakens its unity and strength.
Here is his Facebook post: