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Questioning the appointment of Army Chief: It's not only an irresponsible act but also immoral & petty politics
The Government of India named Lt. General Bipin Rawat as next Army Chief. Lt. General Rawat superseded Eastern Army Commander, Lt. General Praveen Bakshi and Southern Army Commander Lt. General PM Hariz.

In fact, Lt. General Bakshi was not even appointed as Vice-Chief when the post fell vacant in September and that should had been an indication that the government was not interested in appointing him as the next Army Chief.

As per rule, the Government of India generally selects one among five seniors (Four Commanders and one Vice Chief) as the next Army Chief. That means, seniority is not mandatory as per the rule, although most of the time senior most among five gets selected as the Army chief.

However, picking the senior most is a good tradition but then picking a junior commander too proves supremacy of the civilian authority in a democracy. One may not find it satisfactory but then after the government's decision, all stand by the decision. That's called discipline in the services.

The Congress has questioned the decision by the government, thus stoking a controversy which should be had been avoided as it is related with the Armed Forces. It asked the government on what basis Lt. General Bipin Rawat was superseded? Indirectly, it asked, whether the two other Lt. Generals were unfit for the position of the Army Chief.

Point is, all five Lt. Generals are equally competent with an impeccable integrity. It's government's prerogative to choose any one of them. Thus questioning the appointment is nothing but creating a dissent among the Army Commanders who are supposed to be disciplined in obeying the choice of the civilian authority.

Is it first such appointment which is not based on the seniority? No, on couple of occasions during the Congress rule such appointments were done while not considering the seniority. In 1983, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi appointed Lt. General A S Vaidya as the Army Chief superseding Lt. General S.K. Sinha, who later resigned for not being selected as the Army Chief. Here the point should be noted that Lt. General Sinha was serving as Vice-Chief of the Army then and as he was the Vice Chief, automatically he should had been the next Army Chief. In the present case, the Government didn't pick the Vice Chief as next Army chief and allowed the position to remain vacant.

In June 1975, just before the emergency was declared, Indira Gandhi appointed Lt. General T.P. Sinha as the Army chief ignoring a much senior Lt. General Rawlley. However, in all such cases the armed organisation accepted the decision of the civilian authority. Even S.K. Sinha, who tendered his resignation, never reacted to the appointment.

But the Congress generally plays dirty politics ignoring its own acts. In the present case, all other opposition parties who rally behind the Congress too started giving statements after statements not considering the adverse impact of their act.

I always consider how the entire opposition has become follower of the Congress? Has the opposition become follower of the Congress and giving one after another irresponsible statements just to oppose Narendra Modi? Why don't they merge with the Congressand make Rahul Gandhi their leader.

As if the controversy over the seniority issue was not enough, they also started communalising the matter. They used religion of Lt. General Hariz to question Modi government. What a tyranny? The only institution in India, the Armed Forces are maintaining secularism in true spirit as religion has never been a term used in the armed forces.

As per the government sources quoted by media, Lt. General Bipin Rawat has been selected given his expertise in handling Kashmir related operations.

Or whatever the reason was, once a person is selected as the Army Chief that should remain final and unquestionable. The Congress, before blaming others, should first look in to their own acts. If they were right earlier, now, how can the present government be wrong?

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