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Keep military out of politics, says army chief; defence expert concurs

Defence expert PK Saighal said: India armed forces have been totally secular and apolitical

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat addressing at the 33rd USI National Security Lecture function on 'Media as a Force Multiplier for National Security'. Photo: PTI
Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat addressing at the 33rd USI National Security Lecture function on ‘Media as a Force Multiplier for National Security’. Photo: PTI

A day after Chief General Bipin Rawat said the must be kept out of politics, a defence expert on Thursday hailed his remark while saying that the government should also not take such steps which forces the armed forces to meddle into politics.

Defence expert told ANI, "armed forces have been totally secular and apolitical. But there have been increasingly drawn into talking about women and politics which is not good either for the armed forces or the country at large."

He further said the civil dispensation should also make sure that they give no occasion to the armed forces to dwell into politics.

"If you see the (One Rank One Pension) case and the government's order to cap the fees that were given to the children of widows is something that is despicable. The government forces the armed forces to meddle into something. The bureaucracy should also ensure that no acts undertaken by them which forces the armed forces to start looking into politics as well," he added.

Chief General Rawat on Wednesday said the must be kept out of politics.

Speaking at the third security lecture in New Delhi, the chief said, "must be kept out of politics. It is important to evolve a strategy which ensures that only that much goes out to the media which is necessary for the information of the public. There are some issues related to defence which have to be kept out of the public domain. We can develop a relationship with the media through building confidence and gaining their support rather than keeping them away."

"In the good old days, we always said we do not discuss politics and women in the in any establishment, but gradually we find that we are inching towards that but that is best avoided. I think the media can help us in doing that," General Rawat said.

First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 10:25 IST
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