- Aug 20, 2010
AFSPA is here to stay. Remember that atrocity journalism is a new weapon that is used to tarnish the reputation of our soldiers. 95% of the cases are false. there are a few bad apples and they are court-martialled for it. There is a bloody reason why the media is even able to report the killings - it is because we are a democracy and the armed forces allow full transparency. If the Indian Army was as "controversial" as they make our soldiers sound, they would have entered the houses of the victims' families and finished them off as well like Myanmar, China, US troops in Okinawa, or some other crazed military.Not a wise move....This will do nothing but create a bigger wedge between locals and the government and that too at a crucial time when mass anti-AFSPA protests are going on all over Nagaland.
Indian Army is not some tin-pot dictator's personal guard; there are procedures and processes in place to address any and every challenge, including intentionally violent soldiers who create trouble for civilians. Stop buying into this media nonsense.
AFSPA is not a blank cheque; there are a lot of things that go into giving the troops that kind of power. This is within a democratic framework where the top civilians of state and the centre are both notified, along with detailed SOPs for officers who violate the set procedures and protocol.
Show me a single professional military force on this planet that has a flawless record against counter-terrorism. and I will support the removal of AFSPA.
What happened in Nagaland is not a daily occurrence and that's because the Indian Army's personnel are mostly locals on the ground with some senior commanders posted from other parts of the country. It was a tragedy that so many innocent civilians died, but without this law, our troops are standing naked in front of an enemy that shoots and scoots away across the border into Myanmar and China.
We need AFSPA - maybe with more state oversight into combat operations (except covert ops, as there could be people in the administration sympathetic to the terrorists & pass on sensitive information), but the law should only stop once Nagaland becomes as normal as Rajasthan or Uttar Pradesh or Tamil Nadu.