India – Defense Force Tragic Events

December 11, 2021

India – Defense Force Tragic Events

Padmini Arhant

Indian Defense force -the fine and robust armed forces have recently under the present BJP leadership in New Delhi suffered many unfortunate tragedies like Pulwama attack on 14 February 2019 just before the national election in May 2019. The incident became the pivotal issue for the incumbent PM Narendra Modi on campaign trail displaying the army in the backdrop in direct violation of the election rule prohibiting any political party from using the defense force for political mileage.

The deadly Pulwama attack inside India on Jammu – Srinagar national highway claimed 40 Indian veterans’ lives in the suicide bomb attack targeting the Indian convoy at that time. The cross border skirmishes along India and Pakistan border in Kashmir continue with casualties that are not reported by politics owned media and press accusing others of being a mouthpiece while aptly fitting the same profile like the hand in a glove. 

Similar scenario on the Siachen glaciers in the north of Nubra valley in Kashmir region, the plight of Indian armed forces is extreme and bears significance. 

In the early 2020, amid the deadly SARS COV2 virus evolving into COVID19 pandemic from next door Wuhan, China, Beijing seized opportunity to accelerate aggression along the Himalayan region of Ladakh infiltrating into the demarcated Line of Actual control (LAC) with a standoff that resulted in more than 20 lives of Indian armed personnel in the Himalayan terrain. 

The long standing India – China dispute prolonged into military deployment with face to face confrontation in that point of location since February 2020 and continued until today is the status quo. 

Meanwhile, the BJP leadership in New Delhi PM Narendra Modi ignoring these national security threats and incursions along the north and north-east border and maintaining a social media account to assess own popularity on India’s chief adversary China’s social media platform Weibo even after Indian defense force martyrdom in May 2020 could only be interpreted as not complacency rather complicity exacerbating combat situations faced by the Indian defense force up in the Himalayan region nearly 18,000 feet above sea level. 

To add insult to injury, the BJP leadership in New Delhi around that time moving forward with tender bid from Beijing CCP owned and controlled companies on Indian Central government projects in the northern state Uttar Pradesh was apathy to Indian defense force challenges against the brazen Beijing’s PLA in the contentious hostile Himalayan fronts with considerable encroachment from PLA in the last 24 months alone. 

The latest tragedy involving the Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat and family along with high rank military officials and defense personnel on board chopper crash in Tamil Nadu hills is a serious setback prompting thorough investigation. The process is understandably underway by Indian defense forces inquiry attempting to reach the crux of the otherwise preventable calamity.

The probe would arguably seek besides malfunction and predictable glitches including weather vagaries, any sabotage from internal or external factors to rule out cyber attack on the transportation control system. It is important to ascertain these values to avert future mishaps and proclivity from anywhere. 

The BJP government leadership in New Delhi under PM Narendra Modi expending the Indian taxpayers funded exorbitant Pegasus spyware on critical cyber threats and intrusions from known adversaries adept in the trend would be wise investment.

Instead the technology misused translating into perversion against anyone located thousands of miles away in a far away land going about one’s life clarify the Indian government’s misplaced political priority endangering nation and citizens’ safety and security over unnecessary unethical undemocratic indulgence. 

Nonetheless, the nation’s defense force deserve due recognition and provisions sparing no deviations from security and sensitivity to modern overt and covert operational risks in the ultra technology era. 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s long awaited press conference absent ever since assuming power at the helm in 2014 until now alleviating citizens’ concerns in this regard and plethora of problems would be a refreshing change in the debut of transparency. 

Padmini Arhant 

Author & Presenter


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