Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking at a rally in Himachal Pradesh showered praises on Indian army’s surgical strike and its capabilities while comparing it to Israeli army’s exploits. The surgical strike across the LoC was a retaliation against militant attack on army base in Uri.
PM Modi said “Our army’s valour is being discussed across the country these days. We used to hear earlier that Israel has done this. The nation has seen that Indian army is no less than anybody”
Indian army’s role is not just limited to securing borders but also rushing to help civilians whenever there is a calamity in the country, be it Chennai floods or Uttarakhand floods. The Indian Army has also been in the forefront of UN Peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.
While no one doubts the capabilities of Indian army and its effective role in counter terrorism activities, it is demeaning to compare Indian Army to Israeli Army which is considered as best by some for it covert operations.
Given the peaceful nature of the Indian army, how correct is it to compare it with the Israeli army, which has been accused of committing war crimes in Occupied Palestinian Territories and Gaza strip. There were many inquiries by UN and other Human Rights organisations confirming the war crimes which include killing of civilians, attack on UN run schools and hospitals. One of their crime is collective punishment, which is defined as reprisals directed at civilians.
During Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s military offensive against Gaza in 2008-09, about 1,400 Palestinians were killed during Operation Cast Lead, and 80 percent of those were civilians, according to UN figures. About 300 were children while 13 Israelis were killed, including 3 civilians.
During Operation Protective Edge, more than 2,100 Palestinians were killed, including more than 500 children. UN, Gaza health officials, and human rights organizations estimated that up to 75 percent of those killed were civilians.
The Israeli authorities have also time to time defied the Geneva conventions, international law and several U.N. resolutions.
It is sad to see the head of Indian state compares the prestigious Indian army to an army whose track record is no less than a terrorist group.