National interest, not politics, should come first, say

SGPC observing martyrdom anniversary of Harjinder Jinda and Sukhdev Sukha, assassins of former Chief of Army Staff Gen Arun Shridhar Vaidya, is not an event to take lightly, they say.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) observing martyrdom anniversary of Harjinder Singh Jinda and Sukhdev Singh Sukha, assassins of former Chief of Army Staff General Arun Shridhar Vaidya, is not an event to take lightly, feel military experts and analysts.

Amid controversy over the attack on Lt Gen K S Brar, the Akali Dal controlled SGPC on Tuesday honoured Jinda and Sukha, who killed Gen Vaidya on August 10, 1986 in Pune.

"This is a mischief of the highest order. We have been through this journey in the '80s. Bhindranwale was a product of politics and red flags were raised even when the movement was building up- for instance the killing of DIG. It would not be inappropriate to say that it was the people of Punjab who defeated the separatists with the help of the police and the Army. We cannot allow the situation to worsen again. Integrity of the nation comes first and hard decisions, if required, need to be taken by the decision makers. We have travelled this road before and the responsibility of not repeating the mistake rests upon us," said Brigadier (Retd) Ravi Palsokar of 2 Guards (1 Grenadiers) - a veteran military analyst.

Repercussions of Operation Blue Star were witnessed in some of the Army units in mass resignations/revolts. Maj Gen (Retd) Soli Pavri, who was a Major in 1984 and was involved in Operation Blue Star, feels the Indian Army today is much more resolute than what it was post Operation Blue Star and that internally, it is unlikely to repeat the after effects of the 1984 operation. "Incidents/announcements such as this are in no way detrimental to the image of the Army and I personally feel that the Army as such has put the incident behind. While I will not comment on a section of people calling Jinda and Sukha martyrs, since it is a democratic society, what one needs to understand is that Army officers - be it Gen Vaidya, Gen Brar, Gen Sunderji, right till the sepoy in the Army, were merely obeying orders. The Army is an instrument of the Government. Yes, it can hurt the morale of the Army, but then it is for the government to ensure that Army is kept out of it."

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