The question is: why was the heroic work done by 37 Indian Naval ships in Sri Lanka, Aceh, Maldives and India’s eastern coast completely missed out by the global as well as the Indian media?
Sri Lanka has moved on. Political discourse has shifted its focus and issues of everyday life are largely what remain in the sieve of democracy. Sri Lanka finds itself at the crossroads, yet again. Only this time, it’s a democratic battle between what is being perceived as being good, versus being evil.
This is a verdict that might undermine the basic framework of military law in India, setting precedents that will be used in the future to justify acts of omission and commission that simply cannot be permitted in the armed forces. The AFT members approvingly quote from an established treatise which states unequivocally that military justice must promote good order, high morality and discipline. However, they fail to do it themselves.
In the hindsight, one can question whether the method used by the Indian Army personnel in Chattegram was most appropriate under the circumstances. Nevertheless it should be considered that the window of opportunity under these circumstances is very fleeting, the same window of opportunity that the security forces are blamed for wasting in Amritsar during the hijack of IC-814 to Kandahar in 1999.