Gen. Malik, Please tell the nation what Barkha did at Kargil — Jay Bhattacharjee


Jay Bhattacharjee writes an open letter to  former Army chief General Malik who led the army in 1999 during the Kargil war. Read on…

General V.P. Malik (Retd.)
Former Chief of Army Staff
Panchkula (Haryana)

Dear General Malik : 23 February 2016

Sir, please allow me to state up front, that I have been (and will continue to be) one of your admirers for a number of reasons. The first one, of course, is that, from Sept.1997 to Sept.2000, you commanded a 1.4 million strong Army that has protected and guarded our young Republic (which is, at the same time, an ancient and venerable civilisation) with the utmost commitment, valour and loyalty. For almost the entire Indian population (barring a minuscule minority), the nation’s armed forces are the most admired and venerated institution by a thousand miles (please pardon the hyperbole). No other institution comes…

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It seems Shashikant Patil, an accused in the Gujarat riots cases of 2002, who has been in jail for the last eight years, was right in filing a case of perjury against Teesta Setalvad, who heads the NGO, Citizen for Peace and Justice.

For Rais Khan, a former colleague of Setalvad, alleged that Teesta prepared numerous affidavits without the knowledge of witnesses. Khan, who worked as field co-ordinator with the CJP from 2002 to 2008, filed last week an eight-page affidavit before the Nanavati commission, which is probing the Godhra riots. In the affidavit, Khan said that payment to victims was not Setalvad’s priority, but paying the witnesses was important for her. While witnesses were paid between Rs50,000 and Rs1 lakh, many victims got only Rs5,000 each. “I used to take proper receipts from the victims and witnesses on plain paper”, he says.

Shashikant Patil approached the Supreme Court on…

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