The Indian Army has started recruitment under the four-year short-term scheme and at the end of this period, the Army-trained soldiers will be retired from the Army. The scheme has been named “AgniPath”. Launching the scheme, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh elaborated that the Cabinet Committee on Defense has made a historic decision and we are coming up with a scheme called Agni Path. At present, millions of people across India are completely unemployed, and even more are half-employed, meaning they have no full-time job. If 1 million people get employment, it will be equal to cumin in the mouth of a camel.
Under the scheme, about 180,000 youths will be recruited into the army during the first four years. It will help strengthen national security. Due to new military techniques, all countries are reducing the number of their troops. China has reduced its military from 4.5 million to 2 million. Soldiers in the United States, Britain, France, and Israel have also had their sentences reduced. But the simplicity with which the Indian defense minister has come up with this scheme is not a simple matter at all. In a society where the country’s second-largest population is rife with hatred, prejudice, and violence against Muslims.
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Understanding the matter better
If the BJP and RSS goons are trained to wield all kinds of weapons, then what will happen to the Muslims? At the expense of the BJP, the RSS and all the factions under their auspices will provide armed training to millions of Hindu goons and terrorists. On June 20, 2022, Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal, unveiled the scheme, saying that it was not a recruitment for the army but a factory set up by the Hindu extremist organization Bharatiya Janata Party to manufacture armed thugs. After receiving armed training, the thugs will get the right to use guns, which will create a serious situation in the country, while all the opposition parties in India have the same position. Under the scheme of arming millions of Hindu goons belonging to the BJP, RSS, and all the factions under their control through the Army, Agniveers will be kept in the Army from the age of 17 and a half to 21 years.
During the four-year period, he will be paid a salary of Rs 40,000. The package is also being arranged. The youth in India have started mass protests against the army’s “Agni Path Scheme” outright. During the protests, burning and siege continued. Thus, this scheme became a bone in the neck of Modi government. The storm of protest against the Agni Path scheme started from Bihar and gradually spread from Rajasthan to Uttar Pradesh, from Madhya Pradesh to Uttarakhand, from Haryana to Bengal and Telangana and reached South India.
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The severity of the siege can be gauged from the fact that protesters in Bihar alone have set fire to more than 20 trains. Public and private buses have been set on fire. Public vehicles and police are being pelted with stones. In the aftermath of the storm, some BJP offices have been reduced to ashes. But the surprise is that despite all this, India is calling the youth not terrorists but ignorant and no anchor is talking about bulldozing their homes. Why? Because the protesters and those who continue the siege are not Muslims. Since these young men do not belong to the Muslim tribe of India, the Indian police force has been patient and has tried to persuade them with compassion instead of raising its hands against the besiegers. While the police force fired indiscriminate bullets at the protests of Muslims. Bharati media, Bollywood, continued to defend the BJP.
The media has sniffed the snake. Saffron Demons protested over the tragedy of blasphemy. Demands were made to snatch the properties of Indian Muslims and to demolish their houses and shelters with bulldozers. All of them have gone into hiding today. The devastation and destruction that is going on against the Agni Path Scheme in India is a lesson for those who have insight and a lesson for those who have a vision. Undoubtedly, the fate of the oppressors is disastrous. Today, just as the Indian people have clashed over the Agni Path scheme, this is one of the living miracles of the present day.
The writer is a freelancer and media activist. She writes on political developments and security issues with a special focus on South Asia and the region. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.