THE STONE THROWER AND OTHER SHORT STORIES
Once upon as time there was a young Indian who wanted to serve his Country. He took a decision ; was the man on the spot and he did what he thought was right. On the other hand, it would be incorrect if we expect the military chain of command to say, -- ' well done, keep it up, good show, shabash. Here's a Commendation Card for you.'
What the Army can do and is probably doing is; communicating to the bleeding hearts-- ' back off, we stand by the decision taken by the offr under the circumstances'.
As far as the Court of Inquiry , I am sure the Presiding Officer is serving in the same Army and is honest, dispassionate, has sufficient service and has operated in CI environment .
Now as far as tweets of Gen Panag or Gen Jaiswal are concerned, pl read between the lines. I don't think the Chief or the Army Cdr or the senior military heirarchy (serving or retired) or the RM ( or the PM of the nation for that matter) can thump the table facing national media and say 'bloody good show-- what'?!
As far as shooting on the knees is concerned, I think this kind of firing can be left for the police and other armed security forces. The Army is taught 'Ek Goli Ek Dushman' and it is drilled into a soldier day and night right from his recruit days. It is emblazoned on all the firing ranges of the Army. Neither does the Army use pellet guns, birdshot or blanks. So if you want the Indian military to police the Country, it will be done in the way a soldier has been trained to fight--- no holds barred, go for the jugular and any one who threatens the Indian Nation or its soldiers will be summarily despatched. The younger lot of soldiers and offrs have heard enough of that ' misguided countrymen' phrase mentioned in that dog eared, well worn-out, defunct and outdated GS pamphlet (Aid To Civil Authority) written by someone long since dead and when the Indian Military just required to show its presence and it's uniform to restore law and order whenever the civilians, bureaucrats and the politicians messed up everything. For the soldier of today, anyone who threatens him, his country or his fellow soldiers -- is an enemy.
Today every police force is putting on the same uniform and the Army has to actually identify itself with hand held placards to say-- 'We are the Indian Army'.
So the message must go to all these whining leaders, politicians, bureaucrats, human rights activists and those pseudo nationalist walk the talk type of media persons --' Put Up Or Shut Up'.