Veterans Seek Investigation into Posts about Non-Existent 'Muslim Regiment' on Social Media
As many as 120 veterans, including Admiral L Ramdas, have requested immediate intervention by the President, who is also the supreme commander of the Indian armed forces, to investigate and take action against all those who are posting false messages on social media about Muslim regiment, claiming that this regiment was disbanded after the 1965 war.
The veterans have requested the President to investigate the antecedents of individuals who have made the 'Muslim Regiment' posts, to identify and charge those individuals with anti-national activities, to issue warning to the social media providers (Facebook & Twitter) who have enabled these posts and issue immediate instructions to all state governments that the generation of false and seditious messages in social media should be acted upon with alacrity, to not jeopardise national security.
“Saying that Muslim soldiers of this so-called ‘Muslim Regiment’ refused to fight the war against Pakistan in 1965 and hence the ‘Muslim Regiment’ was disbanded, denigrates and questions the loyalty of all serving and retired Muslim soldiers. Further, it helps the enemy by striking at the morale of India’s soldiers to degrade their operational capability.”
“Our soldiers fight shoulder-to-shoulder as a team at every level of all military functioning and operations from the section and platoon level up to the highest level, based upon mutual trust, respect, comradeship and fraternity, regardless of the religion, language, caste, etc. of other members of the team. Social media posts like the ‘Muslim Regiment’ posts put in the public domain are an insidious attack on the morale of our armed forces. It generates doubts in the public mind that if Muslim soldiers cannot be trusted, then other Muslims too are no different. It exacerbates mistrust and hate between communities,” the veterans point out.
Maj Gen SG Vombatkere, one of the veterans, says that there are a number of social media posts propagating the falsehood that the soldiers of a 'Muslim Regiment' of Indian army had refused to fight against the Pakistani army during the 1965 India-Pakistan war, and that the 'Muslim Regiment' was thereafter disbanded (the word used in the tweets is 'dismantled').
He says, "We are all aware of the security problems that our country is facing all along the Chinese and Pakistan borders. In a near war scenario, these social media posts are probably part of the 'psy ops' of Pakistan's ISPR, other organisations inimical to India's national security and indeed of the many groups named in the various social media posts referred to in the text of our open letter. Whatever be the source, these malicious allegations are clearly designed to generate ill will and raise suspicions against Muslims in general and lower the morale of our armed forces."
"Senior and decorated veterans have viewed these developments with utter dismay and have decided to write to the supreme commander of the armed forces, the President of India, requesting immediate enquiry and punitive actions against the propagators of these posts and the platforms over which these posts are hosted," Maj Gen Vombatkere added.
Here is the letter sent by the veterans to the President.