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We can’t take military action to suit someone politically: Surgical strike Gen. Hooda

He also alleged that attempts were made to politicised the whole strike, “attempt to keep a purely military operation in the political domain by selective leaks of videos, photographs etc”.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 8 Dec 2018 7:13 AM GMT

We can’t take military action to suit someone politically: Surgical strike Gen. Hooda
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New Delhi: Retd Lt Gen DS Hooda alleged that the 2016 surgical strike was over hyped and politicised, on Friday during his speech on the first day of the 'Military Literature Festival 2018' organised by the Punjab government.

Retd Gen Hooda said that the launch of surgical strike was “overhyped” and criticised that “it is not good” when “military operations get politicised”.

He also stated that the strike publicity was needed to boost soldiers’ morale but the excess hype and political one-upmanship around it was uncalled for.

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The veteran Gen. was taking a session on the “Role of cross-border operations and surgical strikes” in the military fest, organised at Lake Club in Chandigarh on Friday.

Gen Hooda (retd) added, “The military leadership must guard against becoming a tool in the hands of politicians. We can’t take military action to suit someone politically.”

It is to be mentioned that the Surgical strike was launched on Sep 29, 2016 when some terror groups positioned themselves at launch pads along the Line of Control (LOC) with an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and in various other metros in the country.

He also alleged that attempts were made to politicised the whole strike, “attempt to keep a purely military operation in the political domain by selective leaks of videos, photographs etc”.

“Did the overhype help? I say, completely no. If you start having political resonance in military operations, it is not good. There was too much political banter, on both sides, and when military operations get politicised, that is not good,” he said.

The former Army Commander also answered the impact of the hype in the minds of decision-makers in future operations “if you hype a successful operation, then even success has its burden”.

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A defence analyst, Col Ajai Shukla (retd) has also pointed out that the strikes helped Modi government to create a nationalistic image in the minds of public and gave BJP an advantage to win the UP elections.

The Gen. was of the opinion that the strike should have been done secretively, as he answered a question from the audience.

Hooda was the Northern Army Commander and helmed the surgical strikes in September 2016 when Indian troops carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads along the Line of Control.

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