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Halima Akhtar, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
As the Wikipedia defines it – the armed forces of a country are its government sponsored defense, fighting forces, and organizations. They are the defense bodies of the nation to protect itself from external and internal aggressors. But, the recent uproar due to the release of the videos of affliction of the armed forces. There have been complaints ranging from diet to colonial-era practices.
This has been taken as an eye opener for the common man and the government of India. We talk about glorifying the nation with the armed forces being pearls of the nation. The videos talk about the grievances against the sahayak system which forces the professional soldiers to wash clothes, polish boots and walk dogs for senior officers. Also, the professional soldiers are victimized with court martial proceedings for complaining against the practice. The food menu has also not been adhered to as dictated by the government norms. The buddy system in the Army, in which soldiers are deputed to be with officers and end up doing their personal chores. Amidst all these cries, the soldiers are forced to stay in their camps and are not allowed to take their legitimate leaves also. This has revoked an agitation in support of the armed forces.
We take pride in celebrating 26th January and 15th August as our love for the mother nation, but what about our love for the soldiers who sacrifice their lives for our safety and mother nation?