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Defence experts bat for direct connect between public and armed forces

ANI  |  Chandigarh (Punjab), [India] 

To ensure better interface between the public and the armed forces, various defence experts on Saturday emphasised the need to bring far more openness in defence matters to mobilise public opinion in the larger interest of security.

Sharing their views during an interactive session on 'Valour, History, Politics and Media' with on the second day of Military Literature Festival-2018 here at the on Saturday, they were also of the opinion that there should no politicisation of the defence forces, which was gradually creeping into the system.

The penalists included N S Brar, (Retd) T S Shergill, UK based Brig. Justin Maciejewski, Arati Singh, besides Actors and

T S Shergill that the media should play a pro-active role in boosting the morale of the armed forces to enable them to discharge their duties diligently with a sense of utmost professional commitment to safeguard the integrity, security and sovereignty of our country. He cited the 26/11 attack, when the media was telecasting real-time, which led the perpetrators to know about the counter insurgency operations.

N S Brar underlined the need for general debates in the public domain on matters related to Security and defence forces. "Thus, intimate interface was required more frequently between the government and defence forces on issues of higher defence management," he added.

On the allocation of funds for defence forces, Lt Gen N S Brar opined that Media should come forward in mobilising public opinion in this regard to put pressure on the for adequate allocation of funds in the annual budget.

Participating in the discussions, and co-star of Hindi movie 'Paltan', directed by JP Dutta, gave a brief account about an action-war drama based on incident of 1967 Indo- Sonu said the film vividly presented the real-time war account, thus portraying the patriotic spirit of Indian soldiers with the objective of imbibing the spirit of nationalism amongst the countrymen, especially the youngsters.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 17:58 IST
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