1. CPM, Trinamool flay General Bipin Rawat; Left party says Army chief reflects views of Narendra Modi government, TMC says not above law

CPM, Trinamool flay General Bipin Rawat; Left party says Army chief reflects views of Narendra Modi government, TMC says not above law

CPI(M) has lashed out at Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, saying that he was reflecting the views of the Narendra Modi government

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 6, 2017 1:45 PM
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CPI(M) has lashed out at Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, saying that he was reflecting the views of the Narendra Modi government, which the Left party claims sought to suppress the people of Kashmir through the sole reliance on use of force. In its mouthpiece, CPI(M) has accused General Rawat of making no distinction between young protestors throwing stones and armed militants. The Left sent a warning, saying that not only the people of Kashmir but the Army itself will suffer irreparable damage due to the government’s blind adherence to the use of coercive force against the civilian population. CPI(M) also said, in order to ‘taunt’ protestors to take up arms so that the Army could deal with them appropriately is a needless provocation and displays an attitude which is unbecoming of a senior army officer. A few days ago, Rawat said that the Indian Army has been facing a dirty war in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that the war has to be fought through innovative ways, as per PTI report. Meanwhile, ruling Trinamool Congress has voiced similar views saying that the Army is not above the law, according to an India Today report.

CPI(M) has criticised Rawat for defending Army officer Nitin Gogoi – he had tied a man to an army jeep and used him as a human shield to deter stone throwers. The move was criticised by human rights activists, Kashmiri groups and by a few retired army generals, as per PTI report. Gogoi was awarded the Army Chief’s Commendation medal for his sustained efforts in counter- insurgency operations.

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The article said that Rawat had, on an earlier occasion, warned that the army would treat all those who do not support army operations or obstruct them during encounters as overground workers of terrorists. It said that the remarks of the Army Chief of Staff about dealing with civilian protestors in Kashmir exemplifies all that is wrong with the way the Modi government is dealing with the situation there.

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    Dr.Damodar Biswal
    Jun 6, 2017 at 3:45 pm
    CPM people r hypocrites.They criticise the army chief for awarding Gogoi.Why have they not criticised the militants n the stone pelters ?We have seen in India TV that the militants use human shield to escape.If the militants r right for saving their own lives,Gogoi should be credited for saving the life of our soldiers n militants.Gogoi used one of the stone pelters as human shield to stop stone pelting.He could have killed the militant which he did not.The CPI should thank Gogoi for this innovation.Mr.Rawat is right in speaking in clear terms.Should he allow his men to die without defending?
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    1. Brijesh Barthwal
      Jun 6, 2017 at 2:01 pm
      In 1989, after several weeks of demonstrations, Chinese troops entered Tiananmen Square on June 4 and fired on civilians. Estimates of the death toll range from several hundred to thousands. It has been estimated that as many as 10,000 people were arrested during and after the protests. Whether CPM has guts to denounce the China on issue? No, UPA is against communal forces. Today people had voted to communal force. Thus all organs of Union of India are non-secular. And UPA's opposition natural.
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