Time to dissolve Parliament, says ex-Army chief I'm still wondering why this significant news has not yet been discussed on this forum. So in a delayed attempt to spur a discussion, I'm posting the relevant here. I want YOUR views on what this obviously very controversial statement means for the holy separation of politics and military in this country: - Is the statement responsible/irresponsible? Is the General indulging in crude, and dangerous, politics or is this a genuine statement from one who has sworn the protect the Constitution, and continues that duty even after laying down the uniform? - Is the ex-General within his legal right to make it? Has he violated any norms of ethics, crossed an invisible, but respected, threshold with respect to the conduct expected of a former Army chief? Does such a code exist at all, and should it? - Does the statement set a negative precedent for the legal, political and ethical dichotomy of the Polity and military? Does it have any impact at all? Or are we just jumping the gun? Your views, as expounded and deliberated, please. -x-x-x-x- Time to dissolve Parliament, says ex-Army chief Thane, Tue Oct 30 2012, 01:56 hrs Previous Army chief Gen (retd) V K Singh formally joined hands with activist Anna Hazare Monday and demanded the immediate dissolution of Parliament and fresh elections saying the government was â€œnot following the constitutionâ€. Singh, who has been seen at Hazareâ€™s campaigns after retiring in May, said his â€œexperiencesâ€ while traveling across the country over the years had caused him to identify with Hazareâ€™s fight against corruption. â€œThe issue is not V K Singh here. The issue is the fight against corruption. My experiences touring the country over the years have led me to join this movement,â€ he said. He denied that the controversy over his birth date had anything to do with his stance. Jointly addressing the media with Hazare, the former Army chief said the two of them had discussed governance in the country at present, and concluded that people had the right to overthrow a government in a democracy if it was found to be inadequate. â€œThe government today, instead of being a welfare state, is being driven by market forces and is imposing neo-liberal policies on people. It is not concerned about the well-being of common people but is instead functioning to help private companies make profits. Not even a single member of Parliament has cared to raise this issue,â€ said Singh. â€œIn the midst of corruption and scams, the general public has lost all trust in Parliament. Our parliamentarians are silent on bringing back the black money lying in banks abroad. The new government should get this money back in the country,â€ Singh said. He also criticised the UPA saying its economic reform measures announced in recent weeks such as allowing FDI in multi-brand retail, limiting LPG subsidies and raising the price of diesel only hurt people. â€œUPA-2 has taken these decisions without the support of the other parties in the coalition,â€ Singh said. The retired general and Hazare also spoke about what they called the exploitation of natural resources such as water, land and forests for the gain of industrialists. â€œThe gap between the rich and the poor is increasing everyday. Instead of protecting the underprivileged sections such as Dalits, Adivasis, fishermen and Muslims, this government is doing nothing for their upliftment,â€ Singh said. He said all political parties need to be open about whether they want to follow neo-liberal policies or those of a welfare-state. â€œLet all parties put forward their stand on this breach of trust and let the people decide whether they want a government to be run according to the soul and spirit of the constitution or driven by the marker of neo-liberal policies. At the same time, they should also have the right to recall if they feel that the government is not performing,â€ he said. Time to dissolve Parliament, says ex-Army chief - Indian Express A poll would be useful, if we could have one.