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Indian Army’s human rights record is the best in the world: Army Chief

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Indian Army personnel work in tough terrains like Siachen and they discharge their duties while following the principles of war and human rights: Gen. Bikram Singh
Indian Army personnel work in tough terrains like Siachen and they discharge their duties while following the principles of war and human rights: Gen. Bikram Singh

Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Tuesday said Indian Army’s record is the best in the world as far as human rights is concerned. Noting that the Indian Army personnel work in tough terrains like Siachen, Gen. Singh said they discharge their duties in those areas while “following the principles of war and human rights”.

Addressing the 65th Army Day parade in New Delhi, the Army chief also asserted that the Indian Army is prepared to face all challenges to national security and foil the designs of the enemy against the backdrop of nation-wide anger over the beheading of a soldier by Pakistani troops on the LoC.

Gen. Singh said the Indian Army has kept its operational preparedness at the highest level in view of various challenges.

“I want to assure the nation that Indian Army is prepared to face all challenges to national security....Every solider of the Indian Army is ready to face any challenge and we are ready to make any sacrifice for the security of the nation…

…Indian Army is always prepared for securing boundaries of the nation and foil the designs of the enemy...It deals with all challenges in a professional manner,” the Army chief said in his speech in which he also touched upon issues like modernisation of forces and their parity with civil administration.

While talking about the modernisation plan of the Army including the induction of attack helicopters and other equipments in the force, Gen. Singh said at the parade, “We understand the importance of human mind working behind the machine”.

The Army chief expressed confidence that the Army, the Airforce, the Navy, central paramilitary forces and the police will together provide a strong safety shield to the country.

He also talked about plans for construction of rehabilitation homes and one old age home in each command area for the welfare of the Army personnel.

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Self Certification? This statement would have had much more weightage
had it come from the UN. The Draconian AFSPA is an Indicator that this
is certainly not the story.

from:  Rohit
Posted on: Jan 17, 2013 at 18:03 IST

If the Indian Army had the best human rights record in the world, it wouldn’t need an Act of Parliament authorising it to violate those same human rights. I’ll believe this they day the Armed Forces Special Powers Act is repealed.

from:  Manosy
Posted on: Jan 17, 2013 at 11:21 IST

As i am seeing here many kashmiris have problem with army chief statement but at the same time i (or we) as a tourist want to confirm that it is good to see army person marching on the road side for safety of indian at kashmir because the behavior of kashmiris with non kashmiris person does not give mere safety of that person. Their behavior is strange with tourist.

from:  jaydev mishra
Posted on: Jan 16, 2013 at 15:10 IST

Seems like Army Chief forgot about the Human Rights report on Kashmir.

from:  John
Posted on: Jan 16, 2013 at 12:29 IST

This is nonsense. The Indian Army have been committing gross human
right violation in the North Eastern states and J&K for many years.
Just google "army atrocity India"

from:  Rahool
Posted on: Jan 16, 2013 at 08:45 IST

I am astonished by the point made by General. Is Indian Army all about
lying and misleading its people. Indian Army has been killing innocents
in Kashmir for medals and promotions since ages and they say they have
the best HR record in the world.
Come on General grow up!! India is not comprised of complete dumbasses.
There are certain intellects as well among the masses to see through
your lies.

from:  Inam Majid
Posted on: Jan 16, 2013 at 08:21 IST

I guess he doesn't consider Kashmir as a part of india.
if, he would have then it would been worst one in this category.

from:  zamina
Posted on: Jan 16, 2013 at 08:00 IST

Every country in the world thinks that there Army is the best and invincible with the highest moral standards even though they may have committed some of the worst possible attrocities. I just wish we look at things more objectively and with an open mind. It was amazing to see Pakistan and India finally get on the road to peace that would have lead to the proyousperity in the region, but i can clearly see that we have black sheeps and culprit in both sides, and these elements for one reason or another don't want peace to prosper. Ironic the public plays in hands of these bad elements and get emotional. Historically our people are very emotional and that makes them stupid at times. I wish that our educated and sane people come forward and help break this vicious circle and help put both countries on the path of peace and prosperity. We have some of the best brains on the planet and God has blessed this region with so many resources, we could be the best and most developed nations.

from:  Azaz
Posted on: Jan 16, 2013 at 05:12 IST

It is greatly appalling to see that the Pak Army has violated the ceasefire agreement numerous times testing the patience of India and with the latest beheading,it has become clear that The pak is trying to generate problems.Now I feel it is high time to give Pak strong warnings so as such things should not happen in the future.If any more incidents happen, it is apt to retaliate respecting the sentiments of the poeple of India.India has been the sublect of humiliation due to its so clean fabric of reconciliation .The India Pak realtionship should not be a subject for political gains for some selfish ends.

from:  Pallikunnil Divakaran
Posted on: Jan 15, 2013 at 15:52 IST

This is good to know. Now that we have been made to understand that the
Indian Army is the best when it comes to human rights, they clearly
won't have a problem if we repeal AFSPA from Kashmir and the North-East.
Thank you, General Singh, thank you.

from:  Raj Das
Posted on: Jan 15, 2013 at 13:49 IST

Let us not forget that 90000 plus of the Pakistani army who spent close
to two years following the 1971 war that saw the new country of
Bangladesh come into existence, were treated in an examplary manner,
with all facilities, before being handed over safe and sound to their
country. In human history, this is the greatest such example on record.

from:  Ganapati Krishnan
Posted on: Jan 15, 2013 at 13:42 IST

We are proud of you INDIAN ARMY!

from:  Sam Vijay Kumar J
Posted on: Jan 15, 2013 at 13:38 IST

Not so sure if the Kashmiris and people in North East would agree to CoAS's comment about Indian Army's human rights record.

from:  Vineeth
Posted on: Jan 15, 2013 at 13:33 IST
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