General-ul-Musalmeen?

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  1. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    General-ul-Musalmeen?

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    Lt Gen SA Hasnain recently took over as the GOC of 15 Corps and even before he could fly the Corps flag on the bonnet of his vehicle, the print media got a bee in its bonnet.

    Apparently the print media was very taken in by the fact that he was the first Muslim General to get command of the Corps in two decades. It is a fact, yes. But apparently this has set off a series of journalistic orgasms which do not look like abating anytime soon. It has spread to a pink papers and now to full page coverage, and it may eventually reach a climax with some magazine devoting several pages to the phenomenon.

    All these publications who harp on the Corps Commanders religious identity as their news peg do not waste any time to get on to his professional accomplishments as soon as they throw the first fact on the face of their readers. But unfortunately, all pails in face of the Muslim-Kashmir-General combination vomitted at the very outset. And this is doubly unfortunate for the General who is a outstanding soldier whose military career has not flourished just because he commanded a Brigade or a Division in the valley.


    Is all this propaganda (yes, it is propaganda) going to help in the Army's role in the valley? The lovers of the first-Muslim-General-propoganda-campaign feel yes. On ground, it will be difficult to quantify. Lt Gen Hasnain is going about doing his job in a dispassionate manner, like he did in his previous assignments in the troubled region. He is not holding on to his religious identity just because he is the GOC of 15 Corps, just as one would expect a soldier of the Indian Army to do.

    So is it just the sentiments of some journalists and pseudo-journalists or is there a larger game plan behind it? I would hesitate to call it a game plan but then there definitely seems to be a purpose behind it, mis-interpreted.

    The fact that the Army is tacitly supporting such religion-based coverage is obvious because they have not objected to it. The sad institution called ADGPI would have been snapping at the heels of journalists had they felt that this was something which the Army really does not care having written about. But the fact that no letters to the Editor have appeared in the newspapers makes it apparent that they are OK with it. And in certain instances, it even appears that they might have given a encouraging nod for such coverage. Lt Gen Hasnain has done a good job in the past without all this stuff being written about him and by all indications he will do well in his present assignment too, even if the print media decides to clap their hands in merriment because he is a Muslim.

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  3. Arunpillai

    Arunpillai Regular Member

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    There is a prevailing notion that army is not pro muslim when it comes to recruitment.. Hope there'd be more like him. hope he makes it a Army Chief.
     
  4. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    elaborate..
     
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    There is also a prevailing notion that Elvis Presley is alive and Akbar looked like Hrithik Roshan.
     
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    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    There is nothing to elaborate since this 'prevailing notion' is nothing more than baseless claims.
     
  7. Arunpillai

    Arunpillai Regular Member

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    yes certainly.. It was my personal opinion indeed based on interaction with lot of friends who tried to get into army. Also i know a whole lot a people who hold similiar views but dont articulate it as in india, military is a sacred cow..
     
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    Idiots Journalists and Editors .
    What is wrong in a Muslim as an GOC of 15 Corp .
    Even our Ex President , the Commander in Chief of all armed forces was muslim , there are few more Ex Presidents in list who are muslims .
     
  9. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Our Media wants the people of this country to keep their eye on their news paper and websites, to accomplish that they make it sensational, cheese, scare them to death, religious as in our country its a very sensitive issue, So does rating goes up, A good example is how they manipulated Indian Defense Industry failures and success..

    Where in Army things are very different, lets say my friend is Muslim and his name is Muslim but i am concern abt his previous CO and which regiment or unit he previously worked, How he preform and his thinking abt the stuff in business, Social gathering in party & Occasions is important too where our families interact with each other more, Army is a religion and it have its own culture, Which is mostly criticized and ignored by most civilians who interact and know little abt INDIAN ARMY..
     
  10. ejazr

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    Comon are we going to use blogs as opinion pieces worthy of comment?

    Besides Lt Gen Zaki in 1989-1991 was the first Muslim GOC of 15 Corps. Lt Gen. Hasnain is the second. He has vast experience in the Kashmir region even before he became commanding officer there. To say that him being a muslim was the reason the IA choose him for some "propaganda" is just ridiculous and baseless by the author.

    From what I have read on news reports, I don't remember seeing ONLY coverage of his religious identity. Only in the first few weeks this was simply mentioned but the coverage after that has been on what his actions have been rather than his religious identity which is how it should be.
     
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    Really? I know at least half a dozen Indian army/ navy men who are "muslims" - friends or friends of friends. As far as I know, there is NO such feeling in any part of India that I have been to. Actually, The military is neither a sacred cow, nor is it "barred to muslims". It is indeed one of the few organizations in India with very little if any religious hangovers. Just don't spout unsubstnatiable claims dude ...
     
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    It doesn't have to be pro anyone. It isn't pro anyone. I don't say our army is holy pure and all. Thats neighbour BS, not India. But the establishment and its policies are very clear.
    There are people and there are perceptions of those people ... inside or out of the army. So much is said and heard out of the nowhere. The ones cooking stories of discrimination are mostly the guys who were beaten in the tough competition and failed to make it in.


    Regards,
    Virendra
     
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    He didn't?? :shocked: :shocked:
     

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