Veterans urge Indian president to bar use of military for political gains

04:49 PM | 12 Apr, 2019
Veterans urge Indian president to bar use of military for political gains
NEW DELHI - Whipping up war hysteria by political parties and banking on the military for political gains in India has irked dozens of veterans who have now urged the president to take necessary action in this regard.

Over 150 armed forces personnel including three former Army chiefs and four former Navy chiefs have written to the President and Commander in Chief to protest the manner in which the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is "taking credit for military operations like cross-border strikes, and even going so far as to claim the Armed Forces to be 'Modi ji ki Sena'".

The letter, made public on April 11, urges President Ram Nath Kovind to take all necessary steps to urgently "direct all political parties that they must forthwith desist from using the military, military uniforms or symbols, and any actions by military formations or personnel, for political purposes or to further their political agendas."

Speaking of the politicisation, Army men said that “some concerns have caused considerable alarm and disquiet among both the serving and the retired personnel of our forces.”

The ex-servicemen also appealed to Ram Nath Kovind to ensure that the 'secular and a-political character of our Armed Forces' is preserved.

Consent Not Taken

Although the letter is being published by leading Indian publications including The Wire, some of the individuals listed in the letter have distanced themselves from the contents.

General SF Rodrigues, the first on the list of names and a former Chief of Army Staff denied having signed the letter, saying “I don’t know what it (the letter) is all about. All my life, we've been apolitical. After 42 years as officer, it's a little late to change. I always put India first. I don’t know who these people are, it is a classic manifestation of fake news,” he told ANI.

Former Air Chief Marshal Nirmal Chandra Suri said his consent had not been taken for the letter.

The General Election In India started on April 11th and would last till May 19th; counting would begin and end on May 23rd.

The letter is in the pretext of whipping up nationalistic sentiments by ruling BJP after the Pulwama attack in occupied-Kashmir in which over 40 Indian soldiers were left dead.

Weeks after the attack, India and Pakistan engaged in an aerial dogfight in which Pakistan shot down two Indian fighter jets and captured a pilot ABhinandan alive who was set free later.


The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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