Indian Army’s importance diminished due to lack of wars, says Manohar Parrikar

Jaipur (PTI): Kicking up a storm, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on  parikar mSunday said that the Indian Army’s importance has diminished because the country hasn’t gone to war in the past 40-50 years.

“Soldiers were facing immense difficulties because people’s respect for the army has reduced during peacetime,” he said at a seminar in Jaipur.

However, he clarified his statement saying that he doesn’t endorse wars.

“I have written to many chief ministers (over defence matters). Some have acted on it and at many places it (response) has ended. The primary reason for this is that we have not been to war for 40-50 years. I don’t mean to say that we should go to war. I mean to say that without war the army’s importance has diminished,” he added.

He also said that two generations of officers have retired without seeing a war.

“A country that fails to protect its Army cannot progress.”

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  1. MANOHAR PARRIKAR SAYS, “INDIAN ARMY’S IMPORTANCE HAS DIMINISHED BECAUSE THE COUNTRY HASN’T GONE FOR WAR IN THE PAST 40 – 50 YEARS.”

    1. ADMITTEDLY, AND FRANKLY ENOUGH , OUR DEFENCE MINISTER SAYS THAT “THE BANGLADESH LIBERATION WAR” WAGED BY INDIA IN 1971 UNDER INDIRA GANDHI’S RULE WAS THE LAST WAR HAILING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF OUR ARMED FORCES.

    2. THEREFORE, CONVERSELY, HE ALSO ADMITS THAT THE SO CALLED “KARGIL WAR”, SOUGHT TO BE MADE OUT “A GRATE WAR VICTORY” BY VAJPAYEE AND RSS, WAS NOT A WAR AT ALL! IT HAS NO PLACE IN OUR DEFENCE MINISTER’S RECKONING AS A WAR.

    HOWEVER, IS OUR DEFENCE MINISTER ITCHING TO WAGE A WAR, JUST TO ENHANCE “PEOPLE’S RESPECT FOR THE ARMY” AND THEREBY RISK A NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST? THIS, IN TURN, WOULD CERTAINLY DESTROY THE VERY PEOPLE HE WANTS TO PLEASE? IS HIS DOCTRINE “PLEASE THEM EVEN IF IT WOULD CERTAINLY PERISH THEM”?

    THE RSS BREED IS INDOCTRINATED TO EXHIBIT SCHIEVELRY, BEING IGNORANT OF THE ACTUAL GROUND REALITIES! THEY ARE QUIXOTIC UPSTARTS, TO SAY THE LEAST.

  2. This joker does not seem to be an IIT PERSON..If india has such a defence minister forget indian army importance.Whole of india will be considered fools.Looks like his statement was to please fools like him FROM his party.
    Hey dont worry he is a U-Turn specialist(iit Degree in UTURN) .tomorrow he will say he never said that.

  3. A comment made by Mr.Parikkar with a pure intent to help improve the situation for those who served in armed forces has been totally taken out of context and given an ugly political twist by partisan hack Pincode Pai. By trivializing an important topic and engaging in his nasty political hatred, our friend from republic of kasaragodu has reached a new low. Remember, this is the same guy who doesn’t have enough courage to answer a simple question on cartoon! smiles…

    Also, see how he is accusing defense minister of risking a nuclear holocaust even when Defense Minister has made it abundantly clear as to how he is NOT for any war!! Pincode Pai personifies intellectual dishonesty to a level never seen before. I wonder how he sleeps at night..

    • Original RSS Duplicate USA Pai and his Modi’s defence minister Parrikar want to improve the image of the army “in the estimation of the public” by itching for a war with our neighbour!

      Is this what any responsible Indian CABINET MINISTER could ever utter. Army is meant to defend and that is why it is called as our defence force. But, at times, when, as in the game of chess, offence is the best form of defence, one could go on the offensive as Congress did in Bangla Desh, Sikkim, Goa, Kashmir, etc, etc.

      BUT, JUST TO GIVE “A DOMESTIC IMAGE BOOST TO IMPRESS THE INDIAN VOTERS”, IF MODI GOVERNMENT IS ITCHING FOR A WAR, AS HIS DEFENCE MINISTER PARRIKAR IS WISHFULLY THINKING, IT HAS EVERY POTENTIAL TO WIPE OFF THE ENTIRE INDIAN POPULATION UNDER THE NUCLEAR RADIO ACTIVE DEBRIS, JUST LIKE WHAT HAPPENED IN NAGASAKI AND HIROSHIMA. THE DIRTY LITTLE PLUTONIUM BOMB USED THEN IS NOTHING WHEN COMPARED TO DEVASTATING THERMONUCLEAR BOMBS, WITH WHICH CHINA AND PAKISTAN ARE ARMED TO THE TEETH.

      IF NOT FOR THIS, IS PARRIKAR THINKING OF WAGING A WAR WITH BURMA TO BOOST THE IMAGE OF INDIAN ARMY? PAIMAAM, SPELL OUT THE RSS DRAMA! RSS AND MODI HAVE ALREADY ENCASHED THE CREDIT OF A DISGRACEFUL NON-EVENT OF ATTACKING THE THE INSURGENTS, A FEW METRES INSIDE BURMA! THESE ARE ALL SHAMEFUL BOASTING BY THE “TOKENISTS” AND PARABOLICS IN THE RSS AND HYPERBOLE AMIT SHAH’S BJP.

      • Original Duplicate says I am trivialising an important topic. If the defence minister of India says that to make Indians feel the importance of the military, India should embark on a war! With whom he is suggesting a war? Is it with China or Pakistan or Bangladesh or Burma or Sri Lanka or Maldives or USA! Is he mad to opt for an hazardous war to create a ‘mere’ opinion in India?

        Mr. Duplicate Pai, before you make any criticism, you must know that you have a responsibility to substantiate your criticism with cogent facts and logic. A bald allegation has no meaning. People are not here to react to the subject of your choice, like your loose talk about some cartoon. You have no right to fix the agenda for others.

        Every one knows the intellectual dishonesty of the BJP and the RSS! You promised moon to the voters and now you want an unnecessary war to divert the attention from the promises made. Now, you talk of commodes, sweepers, Yoga on the Rajpath, Ghar Vapsi, war with neighbours, and what not? Where are the “Achche Din”? Where is the promise of bringing down of prices of cooking gas, petrol, diesel, vegetables, food grains, “sopu – cheepu – kannadi, etc”?

        Please do not bother how I sleep at night. Bother how Modi and Sushma sleep at night in spite of aiding and abetting fugitive IPL Modi.

  4. “India should embark on war…” says Pincode pai repeating his lies over and over again!!
    Evidently our revisionist historian with his habitual lies doesn’t seem to slow down in his delusionary attacks on Defense minister. It’s one thing if our Defense minister truly rallying for a war. This was far from it as he made it very clear in his speech. Pincode Pai is not a fool. However, he continues to act like one in a desperate attempt to deceive readers on this forum. One has to wonder if our Paimaam from republic of kasaragodu considers Nehru family more important than his own country’s survival. Othrewise, how can anyone explain his delusionary rants on this forum targeting Defense minister while maintaining an awkward silence over ‘cartoon’ question?? smiles…

    • Dear Original Duplicate, when you say “seemingly Irrational”, by necessary inference it means that the matter is RATIONAL.

      THANK YOU FOR YOUR ADMISSION OF FACT, even though by default!

      • Another failed attempt by Pincode Pai to divert the original subject. Why can’t he answer my simple question on ‘cartoons’ ? smiles…

        • Dear RSS Paimaam, the ‘cartoons’ is your agenda, not mine. You can not force your agenda on me. Come on, let us debate matters on common agenda!

          • I’m not forcing an agenda on you. Instead, I am forcing you to admit your dishonesty. You have done it by repeatedly refusing to answer my simple question!! I rest my case!! smiles…

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