(Credits with Thanks to variois cartoonists whose works have been reproduced here)
The Ministry of Defence of India without a single combatant who has ever faced or could even imagine what an enemy may use against the defence of the borders of India, but makes polices on which such wars have to be fought, may have already played havoc with the future of India as many historians & contemporary writers, analysts and the enemies would have already written.
These policies, that are supposed to make India impregnable or test it’s strengths, are a cause of worry to every aware citizen and should worry the leaders too, who will like Nehru beyond party lines, will always be linked to any debacle of the future due to their negligence, today.
Knowing all of the above and cringing at every new policy and statement, it’s a wonder how “Faujis” manage to remain motivated in the service of the Nation until their last breath! What keep them going?
So here, India’s Political establishment & it’s essential ancillaries are being analysed and laid bare, in a lighter note hopefully touching the right chords in all spheres, the legislature, administration, the public and obviously the Faujis serving and retired.
No insult is intended at all in this write-up. Its just a satire in good humour. Any likeness to anyone living or dead in anyone’s mind may be very true only in that space! Here,, it’s just humour without insult or injury.
How Do Aware Servicesmen See These Political & Administrative Facades?
On Enrollment/Commission the Govt takes charge of our lives & runs us through a variety of ups & downs & stages – Youngest-😶🤣, Senior Subalterns-😑😅, Capts-😐😄, Majors-Lt Cols-🙂😳, Cols-🤨🤬, Brigs-😖😯, until😪or Gens-😜or “Koi-Nai-Faraq-Penda-Walla- Bliss”-😌!
How long Govt wants to pay us salary or how long it wants us to enjoy pension the politicians & bureaucrats got to decide (at least for now!) – But pay they have to – 😆
The problem with competitive politics is that every dispensation comes to power riding on the backs of their own Cadres (Read ‘Pvt Armies’) who rally the population to vote one or the other way.
The more wayward their leaders, the harder their cadres have to work.
The more wayward the leaders, the more aware leaders are about the fact that they can’t survive without their ‘Pvt Armies’.
Hence alone, their penchant for the word “Army”!
To politicians it’s black & white, either you are in their camp or you are the opponent (Read Enemy)
Now comes the catch!
These guys are not able to fathom whose “Bhakts” are we in the “Defence Forces”!
“Country’s Bhakts”/ “The Nation Alone” is just an antiquated historic lexicon used against the British during the ‘Battle of Independence’ by every Politician’s Grandfather and was cremated respectfully immediately thereafter!
There was never a need for such a category within the visible 360 degree horizons of their work spheres; because, the later generations never ever (‘ever, ever, ever x infinity’ – just for the Arnab touch) had to face such trials of facing live bullets at all!
Hence to the majority of the politically voting population, we their Army are “Grey” (thankfully there’s a ‘r’ & ‘e’ not an ‘a’ in it!), antiquated museum pieces brought back from the lost frontiers of geography & history telling quaint tales of how a piece of a ‘hill’ was significant & was snatched from ‘others’ (who could be major business partners in future) and the place can some day be developed to be a tourist spot!
The brighter amongst us from the Defence Forces, change sides, their dictionaries and the words we have used all our lives to align with their new masters. Their new vocabularies change to.something like:
-Enemy becomes Cong/Sanghi/Other Political Opponents.
– ‘KDL Key Defended Locality’ becomes ‘Own Constituancy/Ward/etc.
-Target becomes that which is to be Grabbed & can mean anything, land/populations/money/human beings.
– The list is long & developing as we look inwards for competition to vent energies & gain by hook or crook rather than look outward beyond our borders where the competition is not their cup to be competed, any more!
These bright stalwarts amongst us are not employed by their new ‘High-Commands’ for their knowledge or their expertise of the Defence Services where they could pose a threat by having an ‘upper hand’ & carve out a Constituancy of their own, they are only meant to adorn the outer walls of the Party functions/functioning to simply garner more applause, because the voter living without a salary or any promised pension, is an expert in recognising which leader can or cannot deliver him/her the goods s/he needs for survival.
While this cycle goes on one section of this scene, always has the ‘laughs’ from deep within as well as the sidelines, while Defence Services ‘fight’ & Politicians struggle to ‘survive’ compelx & devious political plans, canards, sabotage, ambushes & hostile depth charges!
These humourless jesters are the record keepers, the ‘Babus’, the IFS/IAS/IES/IPS/Allied Services, without the favours of which even Lady Luck shies away!
Many of us find worthy concubines in this Babudom.
These officers like the dignified concubines draft out policies that cater to the present master in the room rather than for the Services or the ‘Desh’!
The policies they draft themselves are obviously short-sighted, lack substance and are only meant to appease & show their “efforts” till the end of the year ACRs; these are not meant to “Solve” anything, beyond the room of convince!
So relax and remember where we started :
“On enrollment/commission the Govt takes charge of our lives….”
Just ensure you choose to emote well in the choices you choose- 😶🤣 or 😑😅 or 😐😄 or 🙂😳 or 🤨🤬 or 😖😯or or😪or😜or😌!
In this melee, how you enjoy a salary or a pension is up to you – Pay they have to – 😆
-Col D K Sharma
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