Agnipath, fire and misfire

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A mob vandalises trains and railway properties at the Secunderabad Railway Station in protest against the Central government’s ‘Agnipath’ scheme, near Hyderabad, Friday, June 17, 2022. (PTI Photo)
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A mob vandalises trains and railway properties at the Secunderabad Railway Station in protest against the Central government’s ‘Agnipath’ scheme, near Hyderabad, Friday, June 17, 2022. (PTI Photo)

Shekhar Gupta
The opposition to the Modi government’s Agnipath scheme is being led by the articulate community of senior veterans on social and mainstream media and by India’s dangerously burgeoning population of jobless youth. Especially in the Hindi heartland.

Counterintuitive though it is, we have to also note that these young people understand the nub of the “problem” with Agnipath way better than the senior veterans do.

Most of the veterans are outraged because — among many things that they see as wrong with Agnipath — they think the Modi government is using the armed forces for employment generation.

The young see Agnipath as the
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First Published: Jun 18 2022 | 9:30 AM IST

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