DailyO: Parrikar has disgraced Army by asking it to build bridges for Sri Sri’s event

Here’s my column on the disappointing move of the Defence ministry to employ soldiers to construct two pontoon bridges over River Yamuna for a private event organised by the Art of Living foundation.

Construction of bridges for a private function is not the duty of the government or the Army. The bridges built for Ravi Shankar’s event ensure more convenience than security. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s play of words wouldn’t absolve him of his indecorous use of the Army. On the one hand, the government talks emotionally about the Army when nationwide opprobrium was heaped on it, and on the other hand it demands absolute servility from the Army to do the most unprincipled things. If this is not robbery of the taxpayer’s money in broad daylight, nothing is.

Read my column on DailyO by India Today.


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