A broadly circulated social media put up denigrating India’s Muslim troopers could adversely have an effect on the armed forces’ morale, moreover fuelling communal hatred within the nation, a bunch of 120 retired officers have warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind.
Invoking nationwide curiosity, they urged a right away probe into the antecedents of individuals behind this specific put up and warning to social media platforms Facebook and Twitter towards “enabling” the unfold of the hoax.
In a letter dated October 14 that was shared with the media, the veterans dubbed “outright falsehoods” the contents of the put up which consult with a “Muslim Regiment” that was “disbanded” after refusing to battle Pakistan within the 1965 battle.
The false account, doing the rounds on Facebook and Twitter since May 2013, has been revived amid the India-China border standoff, mentioned the letter, additionally addressing the three service chiefs, amongst others.
The signatories to the letter embody former officers of Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force.
This lie, the letter mentioned, was “being spread by forces inimical to our country and our Armed Forces, which will adversely affect morale and national security”.
Citing 18 situations among the many a whole lot of people that have shared the hoax through the years, the retired officers mentioned Indian Army didn’t have a Muslim Regiment in 1965 or since.
“We further wish to point out that Muslims fighting as part of multi-class regiments proved their absolute commitment to the cause of our nation,” the letter mentioned, citing examples of Havildar Abdul Hamid, Param Vir Chakra, and Major Abdul Rafey Khan, who misplaced his life combating a Pakistani Division led by his personal uncle throughout the 1965 battle.
“Saying that Muslim soldiers…refused to fight…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,” the letter mentioned.
Repeating the falsehood, it mentioned, leads the general public into believing it as true, particularly when there isn’t a official motion towards the perpetrators. The hoax could, no less than partially, be liable for the growing anti-Muslim feeling amongst Indians for the reason that put up first in 2013, it mentioned.