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5.30 pm Sep 20, 2013

Is the Image of Army at stake in political battle?

Fresh allegations against retired army chief Gen, V K Singh have once again brought the focus back on defence forces. Supporters of V K Singh allege that it is a vendetta by the Congress for sharing a dais with Narendra Modi. The bigger question is about the image of army being sullied in a battle for votes. Join a live web chat at 5.30 PM.
8 questions answered
  • congress has a history of undermining every single institute in the country, including the army. v k singh is targetted only because he is talking against the congress. what do you think? Asked by: anand
  • MK Jha In India, the the important thing is to save credibilities of our institution including the army unfortunately in the case of Ex Gen V K Singh its being fought in the public glare.MOD could have solved all the issues internally.
  • Don't you think that V K Singh and Congress deserve each other? Asked by: Kannan, Chennai
  • MK Jha I thing its Vk vs corrupt lobbies in the corridor of MOD.
  • Is Gen. Singh contesting in the LS elections? On BJP ticket? Asked by: Clara, Bangalore
  • MK Jha Gen has not spoken about it but I will not be surprised if he does. There is no doubt about the the Gen has political ambition and there is no wrong in that
  • Why is Gen. Khanduri charged of being politically inclined when servel serviceman like Gen. Khanduri, Rajyavardhan Rathore and many others have chosen to join politics? Is their something peculiar abour what VK Singh is doing? Asked by: S Chaturvedi
  • MK Jha In the case of Gen V K Singh, he has been in the centre of so many controversies during his tenure. He hit those involved in Sukhna scam, Adarsh scam and in the process he made too many enemies in the circle.
  • the General has ensured that the politicians who have been neglecting the problems of the services like OROP, Rank Pay case wherein the babus have shotcharged the services and many other issues. This is basically that the services have not been a vote bank for politicians of all ilk. Don't you think that this could lead to some resolution of the grievances of the services? Asked by: AKS
  • MK Jha The army seems incapable of doing the job, with the politicisation and the ensuing corruption clearly corroding the institution, and not just at the edges. Besides with India being a huge defence market and ready to purchase whatever it sees for a commission, it is unlikely that those in power will give up the controls to restore the Indian Army to its pristine glory.
  • Its congress back with its bag of dirty tricks, first they did with Yogendra Yadav, by removing him from UGC and now VK Singh. Congress has to answer only one thing, had they done the same if both of them had aligned with it instead of other parties. Asked by: S ESHWAR
  • MK Jha If the politicians and bureaucrats are willing for a change then only can there be a change in the system. Unfortunately for there own selfish gains the Govt. has ensured that the leadership in the military forces is weak and by those who can act as per the govt. will without any opposition.
  • What will be the effect of this on Army as an institution? Asked by: Abhinav
  • MK Jha Certainly..Indian Army is in fix when it sees its ex chief vs present seniors vs MOD embroiled in so many controversies from scams to bribery..
  • What is the right recourse now, can the SC come in on this. What about the President to step in as Defence forces are to report to him? Asked by: Abhinav
  • MK Jha Its the WILL of the govt which can fix the problem or problems.Indian Army needs good leaders who are competent and honest.

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Is the Image of Army at stake in political battle?