ramana wrote:Isn't the phone call significant? Maybe they sould find out who called and what was the message first
Guess the police would already be checking on this angle. And I am sure the family of the deceased jawan would also help. Perhaps some one at his home was terminally ill/sick, or a similar situation
putnanja wrote:Pointing out that the deceased had been deployed on sentry duty despite his posting in the computer section, they accused the officers of ill treating the jawans.
I dont think this really can be a reason of a suicide, though the news report gives such an impression. As far as what I have seen in Army units, the regular jawan has to do the chores which gets assigned to a regular jawan in the unit. But people who are good at computers etc., if you ask me are ear-marked by the officers to help them out
. So it is most likely that they would be kept away from other mundane duties. I have known a case when a Naik
was brought back all the way from his unit in Assam, because his unit had its web site inauguration planned at the Regimental Centre. The officers (from an older generation) was not as tech-savvy as this fellow, and they insisted that this fellow needs to be there for the inauguration. He was again, a Mallu who had done a Diploma course in Computer programming.
rohitvats wrote:But at the same time, need to do everything a grunt needs to do...which given the qualification and education background is resented
As mentioned above, generally I have seen that in infantry units where the maximum folks are NOT required to be technically qualified, Jawans
who have skills in computers etc. do get treated a bit differently. Mainly because their technical skills would be of use to the officer group, where computerisation is becoming a de-facto standard.
I guess the problem arises when an officer treats say a well educated jawan
, the same way he would treat an illiterate chap from a village. These folks by the virtue of their education may also have good knowledge on other things, and may slowly start disliking the over-lording culture. But I feel many officers would have the capability to understand such things and act accordingly.
In overall, I feel the mutinies/uprisings etc. have started increasing. Certainly it may not be alarming but I believe that IA senior officers are looking for patterns and take remedial measures.
PS: Slightly OT. I don't know about other Indian states. In Malayalam there has been a very good novels/short stories written by Malayali Army jawans
. These stories most of them were showing the 1945 to 1970s time period. The authors were all NCOs (or max JCOs). Shows many of the not-so-much-reported politics, attitude problems, organisational problems in the Army (of those days). In one story penned by Nandanaar
he brings in a character Potti
(a Kerala Brahmin sur-name), who is over-qualified and reads up a lot about the changing world. Finally he is also dismissed the Army, after questioning some actions of the CO of the unit. Both part ways (Army and Potti) knowing that they are not fit for each other. Potti is sure to get a job else where, and Army off course can get another recruit.