Demand for new caste-, faith- or ethnicity-based regiments for Indian Army not in consonance with policy or national interest

If there is anything apolitical in India, it is its armed forces. Enough concern has been raised in recent weeks to reinforce that. It has also been adequately reiterated that armed forces personnel, while being apolitical, have the basic right to exercise political choice during elections.

Service tradition and ethos continues to caution against the use of their symbols and their achievements for political gains. Election time is usually an occasion to make attempts to garner an advantage by raising issues with narrow connotations of regionalism, ethnicity, faith, caste or linguistic divisions.

For the armed forces to escape this is always a challenge. The demand to raise regiments on the basis of these divisions is not unusual during each such occasion.  Read More

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