‘Open­ness needed in mil­i­tary mat­ters’

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDI - —PTI

Chandigarh: 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 mil­i­tary mat­ters to mo­bilise pub­lic opin­ion in the larger in­ter­est of na­tional se­cu­rity.

They were also of the opin­ion that there should be no politicisation of the de­fence forces, which was grad­u­ally creep­ing into the sys­tem.

These views were ex­pressed by the ex­perts dur­ing an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion on ‘Val­our, His- tory, Pol­i­tics and Me­dia’ on the sec­ond day of Mil­i­tary Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val-2018 here, a Pun­jab gov­ern­ment re­lease said.

The dis­cus­sions were mainly fo­cused on the role of cin­ema and me­dia in high­light­ing the heroic deeds of armed forces, the re­lease said.

The pe­nal­ists in­cluded Lt Gen (retd) NS Brar, Lt Gen­eral (retd) TS Shergill. The de­fence ex­perts also un­der­scored the need to have di­rect con­nect be­tween com­mon masses and armed forces to re­alise the hard­ships faced by the army per­sonal and their 24X7 ar­du­ous na­ture of duty to safe­guard the bor­ders from in­ter­nal as well as ex­ter­nal ag­gres­sion, the re­lease said.

Shar­ing his views, Lt Gen (retd) Shergill said 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 Mum­bai ter­ror at­tack, when the me­dia was tele­cast­ing re­al­time, which led the per­pe­tra­tors to know about the counter in­sur­gency op­er­a­tions.

Lt Gen­eral (retd) TS Shergill

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