ISLAMABAD: On Friday, the Foreign Office warned that the Indian army was being increasingly radicalised, a troubling scenario that could theoretically have significant repercussions for regional peace and stability.
In a rejoinder to the remarks of Indian army Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat, the FO said his “irresponsible and gratuitous” comment reflects his ignorance of Pakistan’s ground realities and his politicised opinion.
His tirade is also illustrative of the mentality of the RSS-BJP, a toxic combination of radical ‘Hindutva’ philosophy and ‘Akhand Bharat’ expansionist’ plans,’ it added.
“It is a sad fact that this mentality, including the armed forces, has permeated India’s state institutions,” he said.
Gen Rawat said that “increased collusion” between Pakistan and China posed a “omnipresent threat” to India at a seminar at India’s National Defence College.
As “incorrigible neighbour,” he referred to Pakistan.
Rather than trying to make a career out of anti-Pakistan propaganda, the FO asked Gen Rawat to concentrate on his professional sector.
“The diatribe of the Indian CDS against Pakistan should not distract attention from the plethora of internal and external wrongdoings of India,” it maintained.
It recalled that religious sites in India are routinely desecrated, mob lynchings took place with state involvement, and because of the ‘Hindutva’ policies of the BJP government, repression of minorities and marginalised segments rose by the day army.
The FO suggested that in occupied Kashmir, state terrorism against innocent Kashmiris is practised by India as an instrument of state policy.
Published in Dharti News, November 7th, 2020