[Modi meeting with Services Chiefs of Staff — when Gen. Dalbir Singh was COAS — and NSA Ajit Doval]
The April 11 letter by some 150 senior retired military personnel, including eight services chiefs of staff, to the supreme commander of the Indian armed forces, President Ram Nath Kovind, raises questions about whether legitimate credit taken by a government for ordering cross border retaliation against terrorist outfits, and the rising political awareness and involvement by retired generals and the like in party politics, is not being mistaken for “politicization” of the military.
“We refer”, said the letter, “to the unusual and completely unacceptable practice of political leaders taking credit for military operations like cross-border strikes, and even going so far as claim the Armed Forces to be “Modi ji ki sena”. It urges the President to take “necessary steps to urgently direct all political parties that they must forthwith…
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