An article titled ‘In Kashmir, India Is Witnessing Its General Dyer Moment’ by Partha Chatterjee in which he compared Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, to General Dyer was published by The Wire on June 2. The post took some time to gain the attention of media and the public at large but when it eventually did, there were some who supported Chatterjee’s point while there were many who stood against it.
On Tuesday, we published a story titled ‘The Flaws In Partha Chatterjee’s Article Comparing General Rawat To General Dyer’ with a title quite self-explanatory of what was contained therein.
Among those who slammed Partha Chatterjee for his erroneous and illogical comparison, is Major Surendra Poonia. On Tuesday, Major Poonia tweeted a video in which he has recorded his response to the one who compare the Indian Army Chief with General Dyer.
In his video, Major Poonia has given a befitting reply to Prakash Karat, a leader of the Communist Party of India (CPI) who criticized General Rawat for supporting Major Leetul Gogoi’s action of tying a man to the bonnet of an army jeep as a human shield against the stone-pelters in Jammu and Kashmir. Karat had also attacked General Rawat saying that he is “reflecting the views” of the government who is “suppressing” the people in Jammu and Kashmir “voicing their political protest” by use of force.
In the video, first of all, the Major greets viewers by saying Jai Hind. Then referring to the article by Partha Chatterjee, he says that he had come across an article in which Indian army chief was compared to General Dyer and the exceptional act of bravery by Major Gogoi was also criticized.
Major Poonia said that the writer of that article has no knowledge of ethics, history and ethos of the Indian Army. If that is not the case, then the person has lost his mental balance and desperately needs treatment. Or he is associated with a sleeper cell of ISI-sponsored intellectual terrorism.
Referring to Communist leader Prakash Karat’s criticism of the Indian Army’s chief and his writing that Indian Army has now become an unprofessional army and has lost its moral touch, Major Poonia says that the Indian Army is purely apolitical, highly professional, moral, ethical and humane army. He goes on to say that the Army Chief has served the nation for 40 years and is continuing to do so even now. He further says that companions and stooges of Karat have not been able to complete their Ph.D. degrees from JNU at the age of 40.
Major Poonia also says that Karat’s followers like Umar Khalid and Kanhaiya read slogans like “Bharat tere tukde honge, insha-Allah insha-Allah”, and “Afzal tere kaatil zinda hain, hum sharminda hain”. He has appealed that Karat not put the Army on sale in his dirty politics, saying that doing this is a sin. He also promises Karat that if he, Umar Khalid or Kanhaiya ever get stuck in a flood or fall in a bore-well, the Indian Army will be the one to save them because they love the people of India and have a sense of belonging to them.
Here is the tweet by Major Surendra Poonia:
— Maj Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) June 8, 2017