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08/10/2017 2:47 PM IST | Updated 08/10/2017 2:49 PM IST HuffPost Staff Rtd Lt Gen HS Panag ADVERTISEMENT A tweet posted by (Retired) Lieutenant General HS Panag led to concerns over the Indian State’s disrespect towards its security forces on Sunday morning.
Seven members of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Army had died in a chopper crash on Friday morning in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang. On Sunday, Panag shared a photograph of their bodies being flown back in cardboard boxes, hastily tied up with makeshift ropes.
He published a couple of tweets with a scathing remark.
Seven young men stepped out into the sunshine yesterday, to serve their motherland. India.
This is how they came home. pic.twitter.
— Lt Gen H S Panag(R) (@rwac48) October 8, 2017 2. Seven young men stepped out into the sunshine yesterday, to serve their motherland. India.
This is how they came home. pic.
— Lt Gen H S Panag(R) (@rwac48) October 8, 2017 His criticism of the government immediately sparked off a series of defences as well as more censure from several users of the micro-blogging sites.
Many pointed out the contradiction between the Centre’s fierce valorisation of the army and its attitude to its members after their death on the field, summarised below by journalist Nidhi Razdan’s tweet.
Shameful. This is how we treat the bodies of our soldiers. What kind of nationalists are we? https://t.co/l8VTkCt9uU
— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) October 8, 2017 Security analyst Nitin Golhale asked Panag if the Indian Army had ever used body bags to transport the mortal remains of its soldiers.
Does Indian Army or IAF have these body bags? Did you ever use them while commanding Northern Command Sir? https://t.co/3Oc3wMOV2a
— Lt Gen H S Panag(R) (@rwac48) October 8, 2017 And finally, posted an image of what a proper body bag looks like.
This is a proper body bag. pic.
— Lt Gen H S Panag(R) (@rwac48) October 8, 2017 The incident was more ironic on Air Force Day, celebrated as a tribute to members of the IAF. In another tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “On Air Force Day, best wishes to our courageous air warriors and their families. Their determination and prowess ensure that our skies are safe.”
On Air Force Day, best wishes to our courageous air warriors & their families. Their determination & prowess ensure that our skies are safe.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 8, 2017 Also on HuffPost
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