The photo captures the moment I presented my credentials to Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Kenya's Foreign Minister.
This is a collection of my articles that span a diverse range of topics, improving universal health coverage to fighting the scourge of FGM, child marriage, pushing for gender equality, women's and youth empowerment. I seek to advance humanity and influence policy makers and opinion leaders through my writings. Join me.
Subscribe to this blog
Paradise Lost- Violence, terror and failed governance in India's Kashmir
"Image of a
'stone pelter' tied in front of a jeep as a 'human shield',will 4 ever haunt
the Indian Army & the nation!" Indian Army's Lieutenent General HS Panag, PVSM, AVSM,
(Retd) via twitter.
The recent image of a young
Kashmiri man tied to an Army jeep as a human shield was heartbreaking to see.
This is not the Army I know.
I am an Indian Army veteran
having served in the Special Forces. I have been in combat and have been
decorated for gallantry.
That image is contrary to what
the Indian Army personifies. The Indian Army is a fine institution to which I owe
my foundation to.
Countless cheer leaders and
trolls have taken to twitter to insult and abuse military veterans who have
objected to the way the Kashmiri man was treated.
One of India's highly regarded retired military generals, Lt Gen HS Panag was humiliated on twitter for having
responded to this human rights violation in Kashmir.
Frankly as a Nation state we have
failed to find peace. We are becoming a dangerously belligerent society and
this is reflected in the way we treat each other. Violence against minorities,
violence against women and girls, violence against people of different
religions, castes, races and colours. The list is endless.
Who would ever believe that India
was the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, the paradigm of non-violence, peace and
kindness! Are we at a cross road of losing our humanity?
The Indian Army is the epitome of
unity in diversity, where people are judged for their competence and abilities
and not their religion, caste, creed or clan. In fact the Army is a beacon of
hope, tolerance, equality and lives by the credo of alacrity and service to the
As an Army, we must uphold the
values that we cherish, the importance of human rights, the rule of law,
guardians of the country's safety and security, a role model for India's
youthful population and Zero Tolerance for misconduct & indiscipline,
regardless of rank or station.
Otherwise our democracy is in
jeopardy and "we the people" are in a downward spiral of chaos and
The Army however is being used
and abused and is at the frontline of dealing with India's failed politics,
policies and diplomacy. The protracted use of the Army is taking a huge human
toll on the soldiers and their families.
In the conflicts that are raging
in India everyone loses, there are no winners. We have to find peace,
harmony and accommodation within and without.
Here is my perspective.
There are no martyrs- Only
shattered dreams and broken homes
The images from the recent gas attack in Syria, where over 80 people, including babies in diapers, can be seen painfully gasping for air before dying, are heartbreaking. These are a graphic illustration of our collective failure to protect children from cruel and inhuman treatment.
President Donald Trump correctly called it an “affront to humanity”.
The United Nations Secretary General, Mr Antonio Guterres has described Syria as one of the worst conflicts of our time. But what happened in Syria was not a one-off. Everyday millions of children around the world are caught up in crises and disasters, many of man’s own making.