A short chronology of Indian Civilian-Military Distrust

On April 6, 2012 By newsguide Topic: India

The Indian Express story about unexpected troop movements around Delhi in January 2012, on the same that the army chief General Singh took the government to the Supreme Court, raises more questions about the state of Indian Express, which of late has been subtly batting for corporate interests, but that is another story.

From an article by Shashank Joshi:

1. In the 1950s, rumor of a coup – compounded by Gen. Ayub Khan’s takeover in Pakistan – was one factor that prompted the elevation of Krishna Menon, a loyalist of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, to the position of defense minister. The Nehru government and its successors viewed military-to-military ties, particularly with the U.S., with great suspicion.

2. In 1998, the government dismissed navy chief Adm. Vishnu Bhagwat after he refused to let the cabinet appoint his deputy. Anit Mukherjee, an authority on India’s military, recounts the story:

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