When Retd General GD Bakshi broke down in a debate about pride and flying of the Indian Tricolor – many, including the author, weeped with him. The onslaught on him was relentless for defending the primacy and pride of the Indian Flag.Why Gen Bakshi's tears reflect the onslaught of coming together of Anti-India Forces #TricolourForUnity Click To Tweet
Major General Bakshi wrote a heart-felt note on his Facebook page explaining a sense of rejection and dejection felt by the Indian soldiers from the Indian public at large. Specially the intellectuals.
Were the tears of Maj Gen Bakshi a one-off event? Or is it a result of decades of humiliation of the Indian Army?
Humiliation of Sam Maneckshaw
Sam Maneckshaw was the first Indian Field Marshal. He was not just instrumental in defeating the Pakistanis in the 1971 War, but also in saving Kashmir against the Pakistani onsalught in 1947 (Definitive Story of Kashmir).
On June 27, 2008, the great Sam was laid to rest. And not one politician was present to pay homage. Nor were the Army officers allowed by the Congress Government. Why? Because of his obvious issues with Indira Gandhi during his heyday and also the book by a Pakistani politician – Gohar Ayub Khan, son of ex-President and military dictator Ayub Khan, who was instrumental in the 1965 war as the President of Pakistan. The Indian establishment in 2008, led by Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, used the book of a losing General’s son (for obvious score settling) to cast aspersions on FM Sam Maneckshaw’s exemplary record. A convenient payback for FM’s fiercely independent stance in face of Indira Gandhi diktats!
The Indian Armed forces have been used and abused with impunity and in return they have to bear the brunt of intellectual hostility.
Maj Gen Bakshi’s Tears
Around the Kargil War, I came to know that most Indian soldiers do not even have proper ponchos. One soldier was envious of me having the $10 poncho from Academy and wanted it, which I immediately parted with on that trip to India. But subsequently, I came back and raised some money to send a suitcase full of US Army-grade ponchos for some soldiers in Kashmir. Which I was told later were rationed and used sparingly.
This has been the level of Indian establishment’s apathy to the Indian soldier who fights for us on the border.
It is quite easy for us sitting easy in our houses to disregard or belittle the work and sacrifices of the soldiers. Quite another, however, to be in their shoes. The very idea that Army is a villain in India has been not just introduced but inculcated by the media and the so-called intellectuals over the last few decades. This campaign interestingly has coincided with the rise of Islamic terror funded by Pakistan.
At the vanguard of the campaign against the Armed Forces by the so-called Intellectuals have been the leftists in India. Their actions of going against the Indian armed forces was honed before, during and after the Indo-China war of 1961. It was during this was war that the CPI members including Harkrishan Singh Surjeet and Jyoti Basu were arrested because radio sets were found in the Calcutta office which were used to communicate with Peking. Also, Jaipal Singh was given the task of infiltrating the Indian Army by the Chinese, which he was doing. (How Indian Communists committed Acts of Treason against the Indian state) Interestingly, one of the tasks of these CPI members including the “intellectuals” backed by them and China was to attack “specific groups like Praja Socialist and Jan Sangh parties”. (Please check this now declassified document from CIA – Indian Communist Party and the Sino-Indian dispute)
After the war, the battle-lines within the CPI were clear. Pro-China and Pro-India. The so-called stalwarts of the communists in the recent years – EMS Namboodripad, Jyoti Basu, HKS Surjeet – were in the Pro-China camp. The perfidy and treason was open and public. Their rise to power in the highest echelons of power in India – without broach!
At a CPI National Council meeting held on April 11, 1964, 32 Council members walked out in protest, accusing Dange and his followers of “anti-unity and anti-Communist policies”.
The leftist section, to which the 32 National Council members* belonged, organised a convention in Tenali, Andhra Pradesh July 7 to 11. In this convention the issues of the internal disputes in the party were discussed. 146 delegates, claiming to represent 100,000 CPI members, took part in the proceedings. The convention decided to convene the 7th Party Congress of CPI in Calcutta later the same year.
Marking a difference from the Dangeite sector of CPI, the Tenali convention was marked by the display of a large portrait of the Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong.
At the Tenali convention a Bengal-based pro-Chinese group, representing one of the most radical streams of the CPI left wing, presented a draft programme proposal of their own. These radicals criticised the draft programme proposal prepared by M. Basavapunniah for undermining class struggle and failing to take a clear pro-Chinese position in the ideological conflict between the CPSU and CPC.
The 32 were P. Sundarayya, M. Basavapunniah, T. Nagi Reddy, M. Hanumantha Rao, D.V. Rao, N. Prasad Rao, G. Bapanayya, E.M.S. Namboodiripad, A.K. Gopalan, A.V. Kunhambu, C.H. Kanaran, E.K. Nayanar, V.S. Achuthanandan, E.K. Imbichibava, Promode Das Gupta, Muzaffar Ahmad, Jyoti Basu, Abdul Halim, Hare Krishna Konar, Saroj Mukherjee, P. Ramamurthi, M.R. Venkataraman, N. Sankariah, K. Ramani, Harkishan Singh Surjeet, Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri, D.S. Tapiala, Dr. Bhag Singh, Sheo Kumar Mishra, R.N. Upadhyaya, Mohan Punamiya and R.P. Saraf.
Source: Bose, Shanti Shekar; “A Brief Note on the Contents of Documents of the Communist Movement in India”. Kolkata: 2005, National Book Agency, p. 37. [Note: a publishing house of Communist Part of India (M)]