Examples of Politicisation of Services:
The demand for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), and
Political gains sought to be derived by politicians from nationwide sympathy for the families of soldiers ‘killed’ in a tragic accident, most recently involving the CDS.
The election of a former chief of army staff on a party-political platform and his subsequent induction into the Union council of ministers shows politicisation of the services.
For instance, the ‘surgical strikes’ issue was politicised in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Further, undertaking a professional assessment of that operation has been hampered due to the fear of political leadership.
The same issues have repeated with regard to a professional assessment of the India-China stand-off along the LAC.
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