Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Re: [IAC#RG] Heads Must Roll: Use of Army for Sri Sri’s Event


Dear Sirs,

First we have to b e clear about what is private and what is public.

Does it mean any function organised by politicians is public and rest are private.

The public face of the civil society is NGOs working in different fields. Should we support their efforts or criticise their work.

Art of living is an NGO with a very large following both in India and abroad and mainly their activities are, as I understand, in the field of 

culture,art and peace. And this was the theme of the event recently organised in Delhi. There were people participating from all over the world and yet it is being labelled as private?
Regarding use of Army, it was mainly to help build the bridge without too much digging and destroying the river bed. Surely it was not done by the jawans who fight on the front but who are specialised in building bridges.
Finally why the Chief minister who was in the forefront in opposing the event, was in attendance and speaking in glowing terms for the event?
If you really believe in- the world as one family-such events should be encouraged and not criticised merely on the ground of private/public or secular/religous
in nature. Regds

From: <> on behalf of Gopinathan Nair <>
Sent: Sunday, March 13, 2016 11:59 AM
Subject: Re: [IAC#RG] Heads Must Roll: Use of Army for Sri Sri's Event
Dear Zubin,
                   Once our Army was used for AICC sammelan. Sad indeed we have weak commanders who doesn't go by the book.We have many times given water tanks for events like these. Attukal pongala normally gets this service from Army. Regards Uncle.

On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 7:06 PM, Jagjit Ahuja <> wrote:
It appears that this has happened under the orders of the RM , may be with the approval of the PM. 

We have built such a system after independence where netas  have the last word implemented promptly by  the bureaucrats , who have been looking for such opportunities  to keep the army under their thumb.  .

On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 4:11 AM, Sarbajit Roy <> wrote:
Heads Must Roll: Angry Ex-Col on Use of Army for Sri Sri's Event

Col Subin Balakrishnan (Retd)

(Col Subin Balakrishnan, @beesubin on Twitter, is an ex-Special Forces
officer from the Indian Army with over two decades of experience in
counter-terrorism operations in multiple operational theaters across
the country.)

I am terribly saddened and immensely angered to read that the Indian
Army I served with such fierce pride has been pushed to building
bridges for a culture festival, which is clearly not a state event!

It gets worse when one factors in that these bridges are operational
assets that are meant to be deployed by specialist combat troops in

I'm desperately hoping this news report is false. If it is not, the
General Officer in command who authorised this (quite possibly under
duress) must be held personally liable for bringing disrepute to the
Indian Army.

The reluctance, or worse, the inability to stand up and say NO to what
is clearly an inappropriate request (or order) must be equated with
cowardice as per Army law, and appropriately dealt with. This nation
looks up to our men and women in uniform. We CANNOT let down trust by
bringing disrepute to the very hard earned respect that our countrymen
and women hold for that uniform.

Our men and women in uniform are known for their straight spine. Let
us keep it that way, please.

Once again, if indeed this news report is true, Heads MUST roll !!!

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Col R G Nair

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