Manish_P wrote:Added later after seeing post by Shiv ji - Sir agree with you that cremation might not be right. But why give the dead scum a piece of the very land which they came to die for. Throw the remains into the sea or feed them to the pigs
I will post a response to this because the topic comes up so often and I have rarely stated my views.
Among Hindus in particular, and Indians in general a dead body is not looked at as an enemy or a thing with religion. It is just a non living thing which must be disposed off properly. It is considered kinky to treat a dead body as if it were living. One could have sex with a dead body. Or take a selfie. Or one could mutilate, cut off the head, hang it on a pole, or even simply eat the flesh. Harvest skin and make a wallet (I have done that, it is stupid) Culturally none of these things are acceptable. We can indoctrinate ourselves to change the culture but remember that death is a very powerful thing. Soldiers have families back home and themselves may have witnessed death of a parent or a sibling. They know that they could be the next one to be killed and will think of how their wife or father or mother will feel if their body was mutilated or treated with imbecilic idiocy. The family would feel both hurt and helpless. At best they would feel anger. But losing one's faith in religion is not going to happen by witnessing an act of uncultured stupidity - which is what it is.
I don't know if you have a Hindu view of life and death - or in fact whether you follow any religion. But do you think that disposing a dead body in an unusual or unconventional way will somehow make a big difference to the motivation of an enemy? He will likely only think the mutilators are stupid idiots who themselves need to be killed. No young adrenaline charged man will ever do anything but feel utter contempt for fools who do stupid things with corpses. If the Indian army did that "officially" the shame would be on them.