Section of media intend to sabotage army: Major General (retd) GD Bakshi

Defence expert says ours is the only army forced to fight with small arms to avoid collateral damage

GN Bureau | January 4, 2021


#Media   #IndianSoldiers   #IndianArmedForces   #IndianArmy   #KailashAdhikari   #GDBakshi   #Bollywood   #NGOs  


Coming down heavily on section of media for what he called irresponsible reporting on the Indian army, Major General (retd) GD Bakshi has said that they intend to sabotage the army.

The decorated, former army officer said that when he was serving in the army, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) investigated 1,756 cases of alleged human rights abuses against the army. “96.4% of these cases were found to be false by judges of high courts and supreme courts,” said Bakshi.

The noted defence expert was talking in a live webcast with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now, as part of the Visionary Talk Series held by the public policy and governance analysis platform.

Watch the video:



Bakshi said that some NGOs and Bollywood were spinning a false narrative around the Indian army and criticised them. “Many NGOs with foreign funding are working with the primary purpose to demonise and demoralise the Indian armed forces, specially the armies fighting in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-East to make sure operations were hobbled and  people were stunned by the neck for human rights abuses,” he said.

Bakshi said that unlike the American, Chinese, Sri Lankan, Russian, Pakistani and other armies, Indian army is the only army that does not use tankers, bombers, jet fighters, cannons and heavier guns against insurgents and terrorist. “Ours is the only army that was forced to fight only with small arms so that there would be no collateral damage. Yet we had the maximum HR violence accusations against us.”

While speaking on Bollywood, the senior Indian army officer added that unlike earlier, now with corporatisation of Bollywood, finance has been coming from proper places. “Yet, this has not changed the perception among people who still feel that it is being financed by ISI. One of the largest film industries in the world has surrendered itself to ISI manipulation... and we have to take charge of…”

He gave the example of ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’, a biographical drama film on one of the first female air Force pilots in combat, and said , “Gunjan Saxena is the  most despicable, misogynist attempt to arm wrestle women... Have you seen an organisation which is more gallant and chivalrous towards women than the armed forces?” he asked.

Bakshi said that some sections in Bollywood are out to tarnish the image of armed forces deliberately. “This makes us sometimes wonder if there is an agenda to demonise the Indian armed forces when you make an entire film on human rights violations by army. Projects are being financed from outside to run agendas and run down and humiliate army to breed hatred. I am afraid we are not going to allow that,” he said.

 

Comments

 

Other News

m-Governance: Key to Digital India

 The digital revolution is being led by India. Digital governance is a key component of the government`s ambition to transform India into a society where everyone has access to the internet. It includes

A sacred offering of the beauty of ‘Saundarya Lahari’ – in English

Saundarya Lahari: Wave of Beauty Translated from the Sanskrit by Mani Rao HarperCollins, 218 pages, Rs 399 ‘Saundarya Lahari’, usually ascribed to Adi Shankaracharya, has a unique status among the religious-spiritual works of Hinduism.

The Boy Who Became the Mahatma

This year, as the nation commemorates the 75th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, Rajesh Talwar, a prolific author who is also a legal advisor to the UN, is all set to release a play for children on non-violence chronicling the life of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘The Boy Who Became the Mahat

What makes Sundargarh the cradle of hockey in India

Neha Lakra, 20, doesn’t forget to practise hockey, at least for four hours, every day. Whether at home or at the Panposh sports hostel in Rourkela where she is training under the guidance of coaches, her routine doesn’t change. “I can’t sleep unless I have worked on the ground,&rdqu

Where the true sadhana of Vedanta is to be found

Somewhere Among the Stars: Reflections of a Mystic By Adi Varuni Kali/BluOne Ink, 282 pages, Rs 395 Decades ago, when an unknown N

India celebrates National Voters’ Day

The 13th National Voters’ Day was celebrated across the country Wednesday with president Droupadi Murmu gracing the national event held here. Kiren Rijiju, union minister for law & justice, was the guest of honour. The chief election commissioner, Rajiv Kumar, election commissioners Anup Chandra

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now



Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter