On Monday, the Indian Army awarded Major Leetul Gogoi of the 53 Rashtriya Rifles with the COAS Commendation Card for his out-of-the-box thinking which led to the safe evacuation of poll and security officials without violence from an area beset by stone pelters.
Today, the Major addressed the media and narrated the incident which made him a hero in the eyes of nationalists and villain in the eyes of so-called rights activists (basically, the entire Left brigade).
— Republic (@republic) May 23, 2017
— Republic (@republic) May 23, 2017
In the second of the two videos above, Major Gogoi destroyed the myth created by the Leftist media that the man he tied, Farooq Ahmad Dar, was not a stone pelter.
It should be noted that ever since the incident came to light, the Leftist media, which supports Naxal terrorism and criticizes soldiers of both armed forces and the various police forces, have been presenting Dar as innocent.
To carry out that action, Major Gogoi had to tie Dar to his jeep to prevent the other stone pelters from attacking the convoy. The two other options he had, as reports and experts said on media, was to open fire or become a victim.
While opening fire would have led to bloodshed and was, therefore, uncalled for, becoming a victim is not what army personnel are trained for. This is why the Army honored the Major.
The decision was praised widely on social media by the influencers as well as the common people. They praised the Army for recognizing the intelligence of the Major and not succumbing to the pressures of “political correctness”.
Good to hear of @adgpi Court of Inquiry clean chit to ‘human shield’ officer Major Nitin Gogoi, should be given distinguished service award.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) May 15, 2017
Clear message from the Army: Major Gogoi acted for safety of maximum. And nothing is more paramount. pic.twitter.com/7DJg33vJoC
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) May 22, 2017
But not all, expectedly, were happy. Some of them – most of them from the anti-Modi brigade – criticized the Army for honoring the solider.
The entire Left-wing media was obviously united in opposition. As has been stated earlier, they have been so since the incident came to light.
But not everyone expressed their protest directly. Some of them spoke in measured tones on TV channels while others merely retweeted the critical tweets of others implicitly suggesting their disapproval.
With Army honouring Major Gogoi who used Kashmiri voter as human shield, we’ve lost moral right to criticise boycotts or lament low turnout
— Aditya Menon (@AdityaMenon22) May 22, 2017
Am aghast that the Army has honoured an officer who used a Kashmiri as a human shield. What a crying shame. What msg is it giving Kashmiris?
— Harinder Baweja (@shammybaweja) May 22, 2017
You can honor anyone as much as you like. Still doesn’t change the fact that using human shield is a shameful, cowardly & unethical act. https://t.co/p1ncsbUqdb
— Prerna Bakshi (@bprerna) May 23, 2017
India loved international law when it came to Jadhav but tossed it out of the window for the Kashmiri ‘Human Shield’ https://t.co/plmyCziy4Q
— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) May 23, 2017
Honoring the army officer who used a Kashmiri man as a human shield ensures even the 7% wouldn’t turn up to vote next time.#NewIndia
— Parth MN (@parthpunter) May 22, 2017
There were many more, cutting across Opposition and media lines, who slammed the Major, the Indian Army and their supporters.
As citizens of a democratic country, everyone has a right to protest. The problem is that those speaking against Major Gogoi and the Indian Army are themselves criticized for their one-sided stand on India’s political situation.
There is a clear ideological pattern that connects those who criticize the Indian Army – Leftism and/or anti-BJP. Any criticism or praise is only valid when it comes from a mind that follows an unbiased ideology, which is as mythical as a dragon.
And whatever may be his political leanings, only retired Lt Gen H.S. Panag or any other serving or retired armed forces official is qualified to critically analyze Major Gogoi’s actions. No one else has any right to do that because they themselves never faced the situation that the Major faced.