Don’t mix army and pol­i­tics: Gen who led sur­gi­cal strike

Hindustan Times (Noida) - - HTNATION - Man­raj Gre­wal Sharma man­raj.gre­[email protected]

CHANDIGARH: “The mil­i­tary lead­er­ship must guard against be­com­ing a tool in the hands of politi­cians. We can’t take mil­i­tary ac­tion to suit some­one po­lit­i­cally,” Lt Gen DS Hooda (retd), the North­ern Army Com­man­der at the helm of sur­gi­cal strikes in Septem­ber 2016, said, adding that though the ac­tion needed pub­lic­ity to boost soldiers’ morale, the ex­cess hype and po­lit­i­cal one-up­man­ship around it was un­called for.

The vet­eran was mod­er­at­ing a ses­sion on the “Role of cross-border op­er­a­tions and sur­gi­cal strikes” on Day 1 of the Mil­i­tary Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val or­gan­ised by the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment at Lake Club in Chandigarh on Fri­day.

Col Ajai Shukla (retd), a de­fence an­a­lyst, pointed out that the strikes helped the Modi gov­ern­ment bur­nish its na­tion­al­is­tic im­age and gave the BJP a thump­ing win in the UP elec­tions.

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