Do some Indians have a problem keeping their dicks in their pants?
Congo, a hell on earth, has probably gotten worse because of the alleged actions of some Indian uniformed thugs who were doing peace-keeping duty there.
The United Nations’ Office of Internal Oversight Services has forwarded an investigation report to India on alleged sexual exploitation and abuse of minors by some Indian Peacekeepers who were deployed in the UN Mission in Congo.
Wait, that’s not all.
Indian peacekeepers have also been charged with other heinous crimes including smuggling, illegal detention of local citizens and lending support to rebel groups.
No, we are not making all this up.
Indian Defense Minister A.K.Antony acknowledged these serious charges against Indian security forces in the Rajya Sabha the other day (December 11, 2008) in response to a question from B.K.Hariprasad, a Member of Parliament from Karnataka.
Indian Government’s Response
All such instances are investigated in accordance with extant guidelines and appropriate disciplinary action is taken against guilty officials as per procedures.
What the hell does that bureaucratic balderdash mean?
The Sri Lankan Army also got into trouble doing peacekeeping in Haiti. The Govt. tries to paint a different picture though.
It was reported that the LTTE attack on the truck load of 13 soldiers in Jaffna in 1983 that preluded the pogrom against the Tamils in the southern parts is related to such similar abuses by the forces at that time.
Interesting comment. Thanks.
ffs, in congo? are they so desperate?
Maybe, because they have no Bollywood movies in Congo for entertainment that our soldiers have to look elsewhere.
yes, but if i am not wrong,even the US forces are known to commit atrocities in Afghanistan and Iraq…..I think its the common feeling among these soldiers-WTF am I doing here when I could have been at home- that takes its toll….
1. You write above: yes, but if i am not wrong,even the US forces are known to commit atrocities in Afghanistan and Iraq
U.S. soldiers have been involved in rape cases in Okinawa, Japan.
Afghanistan and Iraq are different. We believe we were justified in going into Afghanistan because of 9/11, Osama hiding there under the protection of Taliban and the training camps but Iraq was wrong – an illegal war brought about by our dumb dodo President George W. Bush over non-existent weapons of mass destruction.
War is invariably accompanied by atrocities.
2. You write: I think its the common feeling among these soldiers-WTF am I doing here
WTF am I doing here That we think is precisely what some soldiers do when they are away in a foreign camp…be it Indian or American.
“WTF am I doing here That we think is precisely what some soldiers do when they are away in a foreign campâ€¦be it Indian or American”
Here I was thinking that soldiers are mentally and physically tough and selfless in their service to the nation. Aren’t these the reasons they command such high regard in any society? This kind of thinking (WTF am I doing here?) hardly befits a soldier, don’t you think?
As for the accusations from Congo – I can agree with the sexual exploitation and abuse part. Our army has been notorious for inflicting such heinous crimes in the North Eastern and Kashmir regions of the country. However, the smuggling (of what, btw?) and rebel-army supporting part, I cannot buy. This kind of stuff is not possible by ordinary soldiers who haven’t even stayed long enough in the region to establish contacts or promise (or generate) that kind of money to facilitate such operations. Remember Lethal Weapon 1, where the bad guys were crooked ex-special forces members who had spent YEARS in Vietnam, stocking up drugs and establishing contacts to send a big shipment to the USA at regular intervals? That plot sounded more plausible than this smuggling and rebel-army supporting accusation.
1. Our security forces are not as tough as they are made out to be.
Remember when Rajiv Gandhi was killed in Sriperumbudur in 1991, some policemen literally ran away from the scene.
2. Smuggling what? We don’t know. But if we were to guess, we’d say drugs, weapons, diamonds et al, more as couriers. Congo is fertile ground for all kinds of crimes with a lot of ‘facilitators’ in the country.
3. As for the rebel-army supporting part, the Indian external intelligence agency RAW is not above its little games.
It’s unlikely the Indian Defense Ministry will ever disclose in graphic detail the charges or the investigation process, so we’ll have to engage in guess work here.
@Lad, you said Here I was thinking that soldiers are mentally and physically tough and selfless in their service to the nation.
You are being sarcastic, I guess.
A major chunk become soldiers for the benefits. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/21201 is an article I found by googling for “why do people join the army”.. I got many hits..
excerpt for the above link..
s to why people join, I learned that every year the military conducts an annual survey of new recruits which asks, among other things, their reasons for enlisting. Dr. Curtis Gilroy, the head of personnel policy at the Pentagon, said that in the last several years one particular reason has risen in prominence: service to country. The number citing this as their main motivation went from 27.5 percent of all responses in 2002 to 38.1 percent in 2006. (It was followed by skills acquisition, cited by 20.2 percent, then by adventure, mentioned by 16.4 percent, then by money for education, benefits, travel, and pay.) But Beth Asch of the RAND Corporation, who does research for the Pentagon, says that such figures should be handled with care, since new recruits, when asked, often like to give their decision an idealistic cast.
Having seen the pattern of recruits to the Army in the U.S. and the recruits to the CRPF in India from the villages, we’re inclined to believe that Poverty or Money is the prime consideration (we believe the Rand figures are wrong…maybe the 9/11 caused a temporary surge in patriotism, maybe error in methodology…).
In the U.S., we’ve seen lower class Whites (usually large families) from the smaller cities, Blacks from everywhere and now Hispanics and Indian-Americans also joining the Army/Navy/Air Force. With a few exceptions, upper class & middle class never join the military.
Bush, Cheney & Clinton never served in the Army (despite Vietnam). Their children are not in the military currently.
It’s only the poor who are cannon fodder (exceptions – families where there’s a tradition of military service like McCain in the U.S).
In our view, the Draft (compulsory service for all) should be reinstated. Then our politicians will think a million times before unleashing a war.
In India too, we’ve seen many villagers signing up for the CRPF.
In an ideal world, service to the country is the right motive but with the present lot of scumbags it’s hard to think that would be a reason.