Press Release & Video: Political leadership’s silence after calls for genocide is “ominous . there should be outright condemnation and firm action”; we could end up with civil war: former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash to Karan Thapar for The Wire.
In an interview that delivers a firm and blunt warning but also raises disturbing questions, one of India’s former Navy Chiefs and a former Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee has said the silence from the country’s political leadership after calls for muslim genocide and ethnic cleansing were made at a Dharam Sansad in December in Haridwar is “ominous … (and) there should be outright condemnation and firm action”. Admiral Arun Prakash said if this continues “there’s bound to be a counter” and “the next step could be conflict”. Asked if this meant we could end up with civil war, Admiral Prakash replied: “Yes, indeed” and asked “do we want that?”
In a 30-minute interview to Karan Thapar for The Wire, Admiral Prakash, who along with three other former naval chiefs and a former air force chief, was a signatory to an open letter addressed to the President and the Prime Minister on 31st December about the Dharam Sansad’s calls for genocide and ethnic cleansing, was asked if there has been a reply from either the President or the Prime Minister and replied: “None so far (and) it’s futile to expect one”. Admiral Prakash also said there’s not even been an acknowledgement of the letter. He added: “The least one expected was an acknowledgement”. Asked if this implied discourtesy he said: “it would be par for the course”.
In the interview, Admiral Prakash also raised serious and disturbing questions about the fact not a single former army chief was willing to sign the letter. He was also sharply critical of the delay in appointing a new Chief of Defence Staff. We will come to both later in this precis.
Speaking about the silence of the political leadership, Admiral Prakash asked: “Does it signify tacit approval?” He said its “extremely disturbing”.
In the interview to The Wire, Admiral Prakash discussed the impact such calls for genocide could have on the three services, particularly the army, all of which have muslim, christian, hindu, sikh soldiers – in fact, soldiers from all the faiths of the country. He said: “Think what goes on in a soldiers mind? … such talk will send a message of deep disquiet to the armed forces.” More importantly, he added, the armed forces are “the last bastion of our democracy”. He said a soldier is sworn to fight for the country “unto the peril of his life”. They do not think of religion. They think of the country. Now, when speakers at the Dharam Sansad “made a call to the army … to take up weapons and participate in the cleanliness drive”, they have been asked to focus on religion rather than the country.
Speaking specifically about the army, Admiral Prakash said it has been nurtured over 350 years but these calls for genocide could “upset the unity and cohesion” of the army.
Admiral Prakash pointed out these calls for genocide will also impact peace and harmony in the country which, in turn, will seriously affect national security. He said India already faces a “two and a half front” threat but now “if you superimpose religious/sectarian fratricidal conflicts, the cumulative threat could overwhelm India’s security apparatus and bring us to the brink of disaster.”
Admiral Prakash added: “Rarely have I felt such a deep sense of dismay and apprehension as I do today … (it’s) given rise to (a) foreboding about the future of my country.”
When pointed out by The Wire that the December 31 letter had been signed by four former naval chiefs and a former air force chief but not one former army chief was a signatory – even though the army is by far the biggest of the three services – Admiral Prakash raised two worrying questions. He said the fact not a single former army chief had signed the letter could either be because they believe the call for genocide and ethnic cleansing is something they agree with or because they are apprehensive – in other words, fearful – of the consequences of signing such a letter. He said “in either case it’s something to worry about”. When further asked whether both questions raise worrying concerns about India’s former army chiefs that will disturb veteran soldiers, serving soldiers and also the wider country he said he did not want to speculate further.
Finally, Admiral Prakash said it’s a matter of serious concern that a whole month has passed since the tragic death of Gen. Rawat but the government has not appointed a new Chief of Defence Staff. He said: “ it should not take more than a day or two or a week at the most”. Asked if this delay was irresponsible he said it is “entirely undesirable”. He said it sends a very wrong message to India’s adversaries.
The above is a paraphrased precis of Admiral Arun Prakash’s interview to Karan Thapar for The Wire. Though recounted from memory it is not inaccurate. However, there’s a lot more in the interview than has been covered in this precis. Please see the full interview for a better understanding of Admiral Prakash’s viewpoints.
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Does the Admiral know that such calls for genocide of Hindus echoes through every mosque and public meetings conducted by the Muslims of Kerala ➖ guys like the Admiral have selective amnesia. A Padre from Kanyakumari in a Christian public meeting said Hindus must either be converted or killed. He boasted that Kanyakumari will soon be a church town instead of a temple town. This Admiral was in slumber then. Why, today, 8th January, on a public TV Debate Owaisi’s party spokesperson said that India will not be a Ram Rajya but a Babur Rajya. Will this Admiral condemn this not less than Hindu genocide call ? No, instead he will crouch under the Sickular cloak out of fright of the Muslims.
Yes, the Hindu call from Haridwar must echo loudly all over India and wake up all the bloody eternally sleeping Hindus and the sleeping political leadership that has made it s habit to look the other way when it comes to Hindus 😡‼️