On Sunday, October 8, Lt General H.S. Panag (retired) created a controversy on the body bags in which the bodies of 7 Indian soldiers killed last week in a helicopter crash in Arunachal Pradesh were rescued and brought back. Panag went to blame the authorities for not using proper body bags. Below is what he had to say on Twitter:
This was picked up by some journalists, too:
How wrong, unfair and in poor taste General Panag’s comments are have been pointed out by other commentators on Twitter:
Not only were General Panag’s claims put in context and in their place, but questions must be asked about thee retired militaryman’s motives behind saying what he has. As pointed out on social media itself, first the dead soldiers had to be rescued and transported. Thereafter, every protocol was observed and full military honour accorded to them.
Incidentally, in pushing his agenda, General Panag did not even bother to check what link he was asking people to check out to substantiate his case:
With the truth juxtaposed against General Panag’s agenda, it should be asked now just what Panag was trying to do.
Here is the answer: General Panag, now a political activist with AAP, has completely abandoned ethics and military solidarity just to malign it and score political points. There is no other explanation.