ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Dangerous Liaisons

The arrest of a serving army officer in connection with a terrorist attack targeting the Muslim community is a matter of deep concern.

Every officer takes an oath to defend the country and the Constitution. The officer’s code states that the country must come first, always and every time. Therefore, Hindu officers hatching a conspiracy to kill Muslims plays into the hands of those forces which want to see the country divided down the middle. Investigations will take place and the law will take its course. There is, however, a dangerous trend that is affecting the officer cadre. This is the hugely negative influence that the Hindutva agenda has achieved in the garb of patriotism and n ationalism. The extent of penetration is obvious by the kind of mails being circulated amongst several groups in which serving as well as retired officers are parti cipants. Being a retired officer, I receive several such emails. I am still waiting for one that condemns the i nvolve ment of serving and retired offi cers in the Malegaon attack or one that has even c onsidered its implications.

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