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Don’t hide behind the Army, general, you are now a politician

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Former Indian Army Chief VK Singh (centre) arrives at Parliament (File)

Open your mouth, say something outrageous then when it comes back to bite you, reel it in and pretend it never happened. that seems to be the current political formula….writes Bikram Vohra

Former Indian Army Chief VK Singh (centre) arrives at Parliament (File)
Former Indian Army Chief VK Singh (centre) arrives at Parliament (File)

Indian politicians have long been known for putting their foot in the mouth. Former Chief of the army and present Union Minister V.K. Singh is its newest entry. 

It is not so much what they say on matters as diverse as rape, caste war, corruption and the other moles on Indian society but why they say it and what stops them thinking for a second before opening their mouths and shoving both feet into them.

Talk about dogged stupidity.

Of course, then comes the apology in this dog and pony show. It is always after the fact. That is a given.

V.K. Singh now says he did not mean to make the remark as analogy. We should think not. Then in what context was the remark made? Oh, yes, it was to indicate that cosmic events  happen and you cannot blame the government if a comet falls or there is an earthquake, that we can understand, but where did the stoning of the dog come from.

The General cannot even get his own remark into context. Either he should clarify distinctly exactly what he meant and not sidetrack the issue with threats of taking the channel that reported it to court. By the same token this kind of concealing your blunder behind the camaraderie of the armed forces and all that flimflam about ‘espirit de corps’ which he is doing now is not acceptable. You cannot do that, don’t bring the armed forces into it. You are no longer their leader.

Is it possible that men of such stature and this four star officer, who commanded a million men in uniform, is a victim of his own thoughts. He could come up with no other example of the gory crime than the beaten dog. In his mind’s eye the children had suffered similar fate as dog’s do from the actions of wanton children. 

In V.K. Singh’s mind at that precise moment there was no more graphic description than making this analogy. Beaten cur, beaten children. Mewling canine, mewling children. Scabbed puppy, scabbed children. It’s a dog’s life, isn’t it, Sir?

Metaphorically, V.K. Singh thought he had a zinger of an arrow in his quiver. This add on, he fondly imagined, would generate an incandescent burst of illumination in us uneducated slobs.

What it came off as is a thoughtless, foolish, totally inappropriate comparison that should leave him scarlet in the face.

In his wisdom he probably saw the dog as a victim and hence, equated that with the condition of the children. And that’s me being sarcastic.

Now, ask yourself this. Here is a man who has touched the stars. Not one of your run of the mill officers but a four star General. Did he not learn caution, did he not have an inner voice that said, dude, this is stupid, quit, this is hot water, don’t say it.

Clearly not. The only charitable explanation one can give for such rank insult is that when these people reach rarefied levels they learn contempt for the great unwashed. They see us as mangy dogs. They actually believe in their might and their power as they are convinced that they rain pearls of wisdom upon us. Did the General hear distant applause for his analogy… probably did?

There is no other way you could come up with the dog being stoned as the proper symbol for the brutal death of two children who hadn’t even started their lives. No way.

What a dog day afternoon. I cannot resist him… this boo boo (bow wow) should dog him for a very long time. Sit General and say sorry.

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