On December 8, 2021, India witnessed a massive setback when an Indian Air Force Mi-17 V5 helicopter carrying our CDS General, and 13 others had a tragic crash that killed 13 persons on board. The accident happened in the deep jungles of Nilgiris, some distance away from Wellington where the CDS was to deliver a lecture.
As and when the crash was reported, speculations and disturbing visuals were doing the rounds, which was causing anxiety among the people. The nation was praying and hoping for their survival, but the moment this news was broke, the entire nation was stunned.
Amid all this brouhaha and extreme sadness, we did witness a tragic and shameless human nature. We see how some high-ranking military officers were declaring his death, were abusing our CDS, and calling this accident an outcome of his ‘bad’ Karma.
Unfortunately, these retired Army Officers were busy scoring goals and showing their deep-rooted hatred against CDS Rawat.
People were baffled and shocked to the core, as this is the first time when the senior-most Indian Armed Forces officer was shamed and ridiculed by our own veterans. The CDS is a constitutional position, that represents no political party, he was the chief of India’s armed forces, and then the first CDS of our Nation.
We indeed failed to understand this lack of human sensitivity or respect. However, there are several reasons for this behavior of our veterans, let us discuss that.
What is Chandigarh Lobby?
The infamous Chandigarh Lobby is a group of serving and veterans armed force officers, who are not exclusively based in Chandigarh, but only centered there, whereas, its elements exist in different parts of the country.
This is a group of influential officers, who were involved in the decision-making of the Indian Armed force apparatus, and they were calling the shots as far as defense procurements were concerned, and it has very close proximity with Congress.
Evil acts of Chandigarh Lobby
It was the Ex-COAS General VK Singh who act tough against them and tried to break the back of the Chandigarh Gang, but it continues to survive. This is the same lobby, that was instrumental in dismantling of Indian Army’s best covert unit “TSD”. This unit was able to carry out several covert operations across LOC and LAC.
Hope you remember that a retired Lt Gen Tejinder Singh offered Gen VK Singh, a bribe of 14 crores. General VK Singh rejected this offer and raised the alarm by informing the Defence Minister Antony. However, due to his close connections with Congress leadership, nothing happened to Lt Gen Tejinder Singh, but General VK Singh was hounded with a a fake news of military coup and even an unnecessary controversy on his birth date.
Former Brahmos Chief A Sivathanu Pillai writes in his book ‘The Path Unexplored’ that army commanders tried their best to sabotage the Brahmos cruise missile – India’s most successful weapon. Although he doesn’t name them but it’s the Chandigarh Lobby.
Pillai reveals that these senior military commanders wanted to scuttle the BrahMos project by declaring its performance unsatisfactory. Their plan was to continue India’s dependency on imports, which would result in more kickbacks for middlemen.
In recent years, we have seen a lot of pro-Chinese articles in our media. We have seen a couple of veterans, who are actually portraying themselves as ‘Defence Experts’ and write articles against the Indian perspective. They indeed spread the narrative given by their Chinese masters to demoralize our forces.
Here is an example of Lt Gen H.S. Panag, who is openly saying that AFSPA should be removed from North East and armed forces must return to barracks. Just ponder on this thought for a moment and understand the beneficiary of any such outlandish decision.
Lt. Gen Panag portrays China as a superpower and demeans India as an inferior nation, that can not take stand against China.
There is also a group of sold-out ones, few Ex-Indian Army officers, who are acting like ‘intellectuals’ but peddle the Chinese version of events and propagate the Chinese propaganda gleefully. One such example is Pravin Sawhney, who is an alleged defence expert and he is infamous for writing pro-Chinese articles.
He used to create lot of noise on LAC skirmishes and used to publish propaganda articles on daily basis, just to mislead the people and demoralize our forces.
There are some people who hate to see India manufacturing its own defence equipment and buying without involving the usual ‘dealers’. These officers keep on raising doubts on indegeniously made defence armaments and always portray them as inferior version of ther western counterparts.
There are some individuals who had been expecting a change of leadership at both political and military levels so they can go back to their days of sweetheart deals and benefits. They keep on blaming and accusing Modi government on every other issue.
Lt Gen. Panag once endorsed a coup against the government of India, if Modi is elected to power again, such is the hatred seething in their minds.
General Rawat is said to have dismantled the ‘Chandigarh lobby’ that used to avail massive benefits from shady arms deals. General Rawat was known to be incorruptible. He was implementing Narendra Modi’s Atmanirbhar India project in the defence services.
Today, many sectors are now off limits to importers. The loss to the Chandigarh lobby must be to the tune of thousands of crores of rupees, and that was the reason why he was hated by this Chandigarh Lobby.
It’s convenient to blame China or Pakistan, but looking within us is the toughest thing to do. No country, with the exception of Pakistan, has more internal enemies and saboteurs than India. Unfortunately, this is the one angle that will never be revealed, and this is the one thing we must make everyone aware of.