Army will never carry out a coup: Gen. V.K. Singh

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  1. Sam2012

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    Former Indian Army chief General (retd.) V.K. Singh Saturday said the army will never carry out a coup; it will only defend the nation.


    In an interview to India TV news channel, he blamed some bureaucrats and army officers for "planting", what he called, wrong information in the media about the movement of two units of the army near Delhi in January last year.

    "Today, I can reveal that some bureaucrats and some army officers planted this baseless news. These two units were part of routine mobilisation, and if you remember, there were some developments in Maldives six-seven days later. These units were meant to go there", he said.

    Asked what could be the motive behind planting such news, he said: "It's very clear. A man stands up against the government (referring to a row over his date of birth) and you want to defame him. You want to coerce him. That could be the only motive".

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    If Army cannot , can the Airforce or Navy can ?
     
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    No for the IAF and IN as well.
     
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    The ethos and manner of training does not encourage or even suggest such a thing as going against the Govt.

    The military has been given a short shrift on many issues.

    Anger was palpable, but never a call to arms against the democratically elected Govt.

    Such a thought is blasphemous by the military code of coduct.
     
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    Tbh, even if the army were to formulate a plan for a coup, it is more than likely to fail. The IA maybe headquatered at South block, but actual field command of the troops are held by the 7 independent commands of the IA. A coup would require the support of the majority, or atleast guarantee of inaction by them.

    Then there is the problem that the central command, the one nearest to delhi, is little more than a skeletal command. It holds no field formations under it. In the event of any coup by the army, the troops will have to move from one of the three, the SW command, the Western command or the Northern command. Thus absolute acceptance to the coup plan by atleast one commander is a must.

    Then comes the actual movement. The IA will have to move a division (for delhi, even upto 3) or larger to enforce the coup. This leaves only ambala cantonment, or elements from the 1 corps in mathura. In either case, the army columns will transverse 180-200 km, which directly means a much higher chances of the movement becoming known.

    So rethoric apart, the current base setup itself limits the ability of the IA to carry out a coup, not that it wants to.
     
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    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    IA would never do coups because indian is too large

    as we can see history , most of nation where coup had taken place , are geographically small or mid sized
     
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    What everyone missed in this while thing is his statement that the units were being mobilized to be sent to Maldives. We need more on this part.
     
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    It is well known that the 50para regiment was put on standy for any contingency in Maldives. It is another matter that the incumbent president of the time refused military assistance. In that respect The movement was possibly a trial run.
     

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