RayC wrote:S Roy,
Read Philip Mason's 'Matter of Honour' to understand how the mindset was built up.
By your reckoning anyone who mutinies should be reinstated.
Why should the poor Sikhs who mutinied after Bluestar suffer?
Why should the poor bloke who fragged his officers be tried and thrown out?
And why should there not be a trade union in the Armed Forces?
Why should the armed forces not be members of a political party?
I am all for it. The Army should go on strike and demand their rights and pay increase etc. And when Pakistan attacks they do damn all till they get their due.
Tangential arguements....to skirt the real issue.
However, lets concentrate on topic being discussed
1st level parsing....
RayC wrote:By your reckoning anyone who mutinies should be reinstated.
anyone is the operative word here. The people and the event here is onetime exception.
2nd level parsing
So the PoW mutinied? Against whom? Against theirs officers in captivity? Kindly post references.RayC wrote:By your reckoning anyone who mutinies should be reinstated.
There is no such record of offences by ex BIA soldiers in any of anti British formations either INA or Freies Indien Legion (IIRC they served under Von Runstedt)
I do not expect a neutral opinion from you, someone that stills looks at the goras as mai baaps, the least I may ask you is to recognize the facts as:
1. PoWs signing up for INA is not a regular run of the mill desertion. In fact it was not a "desertion" by any definition.
2. At the time of the trial the Brits were gone. How can be any action by uniformed combatants against the crown be held as mutiny in free India?
What an irony that you are posting in this thread and calling Netaji's volunteer Army as bunch of mutiniers.
Finally, what about the erstwhile lay citizens of Indian origins (minus the ex BIA PoW)?
Keep aside the ex BIA PoW's for the moment, the erstwhile civllian volunteers of the INA deserved their place in the Indian Army.
Please do not exert yourself to cover that charlatan called Mountbatein (and his half a$$3d crony called JLN). They had enough disdain for anything Indian, please don't defend their decisions here in BRF atleast.