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Was an Indian soldier decapitated at the Line of Control or not?

January 10, 2013
"In this sickening image, one of the most extreme in The Disasters of War series, the naked bodies of mutilated, tortured and castrated men are shown hung from a tree as a warning to others. Goya was one of the first artist to reveal the grim reality of warfare, stripped of all chivalry, romance and idealism. He captured something quintessential about modern war which has found resonance with succeeding generations of audiences. This print was controversially adapted in the 1990s by the artists Jake and Dinos Chapman. It formed the basis for one of their gory, three-dimensional tableaux, in which scenes from the series were recreated using dismembered mannequins covered in fake blood." - Image and caption via nationalgalleries.org

“In this sickening image, one of the most extreme in The Disasters of War series, the naked bodies of mutilated, tortured and castrated men are shown hung from a tree as a warning to others. Goya was one of the first artists to reveal the grim reality of warfare, stripped of all chivalry, romance and idealism. He captured something quintessential about modern war which has found resonance with succeeding generations of audiences. This print was controversially adapted in the 1990s by the artists Jake and Dinos Chapman. It formed the basis for one of their gory, three-dimensional tableaux, in which scenes from the series were recreated using dismembered mannequins covered in fake blood.” – Image and caption via nationalgalleries.org

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In a skirmish on the Line of Control on Tuesday, 8 January 2013, did Pakistani soldiers behead an Indian soldier or did they not? Or did they behead two soldiers and take away the head of one of them? Or did they behead one and slit the throat of another? Reports in the Indian media have left me utterly confused. I’ll let you decide.

The Indian Army put out this statement on Tuesday; media reports have attributed it to Rajesh K Kalia, spokesperson of the Udhampur-headquartered Northern Command:

PAKISTANI TROOPS INTRUDE ACROSS LC: TWO INDIAN SOLDIERS MARTYRED IN FIRE FIGHT

In a significant escalation to the continuing series of Cease Fire Violations and infiltration attempts supported by Pak Army, a group of their regular soldiers intruded across the Line of Control in the Mendhar Sect on 08 Jan 2013. Pak army troops, having taken advantage of thick fog & mist in the forested area, were moving towards own posts when an alert area domination patrol spotted and engaged the intruders. The fire fight between Pak and own troops continued for approximately half an hour after which the intruders retreated back towards their side of Line of Control. Two soldiers Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh laid down their lives while fighting the Pak troops.

This is yet another grave provocation by Pak Army which is being taken up sternly through official channels. [via NDTV]

Can you spot the word ‘beheaded’ or ‘decapitated’ or ‘headless’ or even ‘mutilated’ in that statement? Neither can I.

And yet, as soon as this statement was out, there were a plethora of news reports that said that one of the soldiers was beheaded.

So who put out the word ‘beheaded’  and its variations? NDTV’s defence correspondent Nitin Gokhale said it was “senior army sources“; an unnamed Hindustan Times correspondent attributed “a top Army official, wishing not to be named“. This report says the headless body was that of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh.

The Indo-Asian News Service attributed it to “civilian officials“: “Although the military is not saying it, Indian civilian officials say that Pakistani soldiers killed and slit the throats of two Indian soldiers a day earlier.”

With some convoluted phraseology, the Press Trust of India attributes to “deputy commander of the 25 Division, Brigadier J K Tiwari” a statement that says both soldiers were decapitated:

“The bodies of two soldiers were brutalised — one head was severed and another body was beheaded… It (the head of one of jawan) has not being recovered — probably they have taken it along with them”, deputy commander of the 25 Division Brigadier J K Tiwari told reporters in Rajouri.

The Army had not been able to recover the head of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh, he said. Singh was killed along with Lance Naik Hemraj in Tuesday’s unprovoked attack in Medhar area in Poonch sector.

The Hindu, as everyone knows, exercises extra caution and better English in matters of national security. Their intrepid reporter Ahmed Ali Fayaz got to know of the attack from “authoritative sources” as opposed to the not-s-authoritative source of the press statement put out by the spokesperson of the Northern Command. And only the Hindu could access “field intelligence reports. Let’s see what they got:

Authoritative sources in Jammu told The Hindu two soldiers of 13-Raj Rifles were killed and two more injured when a contingent of the Pakistani regular Army opened fire on an area domination unit of Sector-10 between Chhatri and Atma outposts on the LoC in Mankote area of Krishna Ghati at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Even as nobody at the Rajouri-based 25th Division and Sector-10 headquarters in Mendhar area of Poonch district agreed to speak anything on record, highly placed official sources, claiming to quote field intelligence reports, confirmed the death of two soldiers in the ambush. According to these sources, men of the Pakistani regular contingent wore black combat uniform and the ambush had been laid 600 metres inside Indian territory.

Sources said that the Pakistani soldiers beheaded one of the two soldiers and decamped with weapons of both the jawans. [Link]

The London Telegraph‘s Dean Nelson called up the chief spokesperson of the Indian Army:

Gen SL Narasimhan, chief spokesman of the Indian army, told The Daily Telegraph that one soldier had been “mutilated” but could not confirm reports that he had been beheaded. [Link]

Most of these reports are of 8 January. But by the evening of 9 January only Ashok Pehalwan of Reuters seems to have got clarity on the beheading business – and it’s an outright denial by the Northern Command spokesperson:

The body of one of the soldiers was found mutilated in a forested area on the side controlled by India, Rajesh K. Kalia, spokesman for the Indian army’s Northern Command, said. However, he denied Indian media reports that one body had been decapitated and another had its throat slit. [Link]

Defence Minister AK Antony spoke earlier on Wednesday of mutilation of bodies but crucially, avoided the word we’re look for clarity about:

“That it happened is a reality,” Mr. Antony said describing the action by the Pakistani troops as “highly provocative” and “inhuman.”

“It is highly provocative action on the part of the Pakistani army. The way they treated the bodies of Indian soldiers is inhuman,” he told journalists on the sidelines of an event at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. [The Hindu]

What exactly is the truth? We deserve to know the truth about what happened to our soldiers, don’t we? If the word ‘beheading’ is allover the media why is the Northern Command spokesperson denying it? Has it been planted through sources ‘not wishing to be named’ (except in one case) precisely so that plausible deniability is maintained?

The Dogs of War

It is possible the anonymous sources are right, because this is not the first time both sides are blaming each other of showing disrespect to bodies of dead soldiers in violation of the Geneva convention. But if it is not true, then it means we are being fooled. And why would that be? What that would achieve is undermining the India-Pakistan peace process, giving Arnab Goswami a chance to allege the “peace industry” has a “vested interest” (yes, peace). It is important to know the truth, for which the Pakistanis have said they are willing to participate in a United Nations inquiry.

The United Nations, meanwhile, has issued a statement that says its Military Observers Group (UNMOGIP) in Kashmir is investigating the January 6 skirmish in which a Pakistani soldier died, but has not received any complaint from India about the alleged beheading on 8 January.

Reuters photo of a protest against Pakistan in India on Wednesday

Reuters photo of a protest against Pakistan in India on Wednesday

We deserve to have clarity on this, because if there has been no beheading then we need to tell the Shiv Sena to shut up:

“Not only Shiv Sena, but the entire country is demanding Antony’s resignation. He should quit from the post. What is the need for such a Defence Minister (when such incidents happen?” Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut said.

Calling for a “befitting” reply from the Indian side, he said, “If our two soldiers are beheaded, we should behead 40 of their soldiers.” [Press Trust of India]

I am not presuming that Mr Raut’s anger there is unjustified. The Indian and Pakistani armies are capable of such brutality. For instance, India has been raising with Pakistan the issue of Pakistan having mutilated the body of Capt. Saurabh Kalia, a prisoner of war in the Kargil conflict. The Pakistani army’s atrocities in the Bangladesh war are also well known.

For Arnab Goswami and Sanjay Raut and many others, here are two examples about the Indian Army.

The first one is from Barkha Dutt’s famous essay, “Confessions of a War Reporter”, first published in Himal Southasian in June 2001:

I had to look three times to make sure I was seeing right. Balanced on one knee, in a tiny alley behind the army’s administrative offices, I was peering through a hole in a corrugated tin sheet. At first glance, all I could see were some leaves. I looked harder and amidst all the green, there was a hint of black—it looked like a moustache. “Look again,” said the army colonel, in a tone that betrayed suppressed excitement. This time, I finally saw.

It was a head, the disembodied face of a slain soldier nailed onto a tree. “The boys got it as a gift for the brigade,” said the colonel, softly, but proudly. Before I could react, the show was over. A faded gunny bag appeared from nowhere, shrouded the soldier’s face, the brown of the bag now merging indistinguishably with the green of the leaves. Minutes later, we walked past the same tree where the three soldiers who had earlier unveiled the victory trophy were standing. From the corner of his eye, the colonel exchanged a look of shared achievement, and we moved on. We were firmly in the war zone.

It’s been two years since Kargil, but even as some of the other details become fuzzy, this episode refuses to fade from either memory or conscience. A few months ago, I sat across a table with journalists from Pakistan and elsewhere in the region, and confessed I hadn’t reported that story, at least not while the war was still on. It had been no easy decision, but at that stage the outcome of the war was still uncertain. The country seemed gripped by a collective sense of tension and dread, and let’s face it—most of us were covering a war for the first time in our careers. Many of the decisions we would take over the next few weeks were tormented and uncertain. I asked my friend from Pakistan, listening to my anguish with empathy, what he would have done in my place? He replied, “Honestly, I don’t know.”

This then, is the truth of reporting conflict and wars. Often we just don’t know. And even more often, whether we like ourselves for it or not, our emotional perceptions of these conflicts are shaped by how our histories have been handed down to us. Whatever textbook journalism may preach, I think the time has come to accept that every story we do is shaped by our own set of perceptions, and thus prejudices as well. National identity is one of the many factors that add up to make the sum total of who we are and what we write or report. It sneaks up on us and weaves its way into our subconscious, often mangled and confused, but still there, determining what we see and how we see it. [Himal]

Exhibit B is what the Indian Army allegedly did to a civilian in Kashmir in 1995:

It’s the sort of thing Indian Army troopers do not do even to their enemies – subject captured soldiers to barbaric torture and flaunt the ‘trophies’ like animal carcasses.

But army soldiers are facing accusations of treating Javaid Ahmad Bhat similarly. Bhat, an ordinary Kashmiri was picked up by soldiers on January 22, 1995, and tortured to death.

Twelve days later, Bhat’s carcass was returned to his family, with all the vital organs – stomach, intestine, heart, lungs, peritoneum, liver, gall bladder, spleen, kidney and even the brain – missing.

Had Bhat been an army soldier, shock and outrage would have followed the incident. [Mail Today]

Lastly, this incident, as also the death of six soldiers in Siachen a few weeks ago, should only make us Indians realise the need to solve the Kashmir conflict.
(Thanks to Shuddhabrata Sengupta for inputs.)
52 Comments leave one →
  1. Saeed Malik. permalink
    January 10, 2013 4:00 AM

    If the story of beheading is true, it is both shameful, and worthy of unalloyed contempt, and nothing, repeat, nothing can be offered as an excuse to justify it.

  2. January 10, 2013 5:09 AM

    Barkha Dutt’s “Confessions”…an eye opener!

  3. Subhash Bakshi permalink
    January 10, 2013 6:16 AM

    Killing is the part of soldier’s role on borders to defend the territory if I grossed by enemy, but brutality and showing disrespect to the bodies is un pardonable, no logical reasoning can justify , such acts. Baluch Regiment involved in this incident has a bad track record of committing such acts even in Bangladesh war in Kushtia where they did comm it such acts . Knowing the ways Armies work nothing will come out of any enquiry . We can only hope saner elements take appropriate actions to sensitize their troops .

  4. Puneet permalink
    January 10, 2013 6:18 AM

    In short , lets just give Kashmir to tyem. Problem solved, simple.

    • Ragini permalink
      January 10, 2013 1:14 PM

      Where were U Mr ‘Noble Peace’ uptill now?Kashmir is not a piece of ‘kebab’ to offer our junior estranged broter…It’s a matter of setting precedence in South Asia

    • Vinod permalink
      January 10, 2013 2:00 PM

      Giving Pakistan Kashmir won’t solve the problem. What you have to understand is that the only bond Pakistanis have is a common hatred for India – without it, they’ll go to war amongst themselves. So, give them Kashmir and they’ll demand more – Punjab, for starters. Because, only warring with India prevents a disastrous civil war in Pakistan

      • mdsukumar permalink
        January 10, 2013 8:39 PM

        You speak in ignorance.

      • Ab Ahad Rizvi permalink
        January 11, 2013 11:31 AM

        Hey…..wait a sec… Who’s Kashmir are you “giving” away?? Kashmir is not yours and neither theirs. You both (Indians and Pakistanis) have illegally occupied two parts of Kashmir, to which you are trying to hold on to. Give Kashmir to Kashmiris and make peace with each other. Otherwise be ready for more of Kargils, Mumbais and Krishnaghatis.

    • Em Kay permalink
      January 10, 2013 11:29 PM

      Who said giving Kashmir to them (Pakistan) will solve the problem. Only showing real compassion to the Kashmir and Kashmiri people can easily solve the problem. But so much hatred for Kashmir and Kashmiri people has been spread, it seems the Indian Army is bound to follow the agenda of RSS, Jansangh and Shiv Sena on the name of national interest. And they know, it always works as the RAMBAAN to divert the blame on enemy. Indian people are being trained to bow to the state power on the name of national interest and make them habitual to accept as the top truth whatever state machinery feeds to them.

  5. Srikanth permalink
    January 10, 2013 7:16 AM

    There are multiple reports from army personnel about the missing head. This nonsense is pretty third rate journalism.

    This is reported in rediff — how about doing some leg work before going into conspiracy theories and insulting the memories of the dead?

    “The bodies of two soldiers were brutalised–one head was severed and another body was beheaded… It (the head of one of jawan) has not being recovered –probably they have taken it along with them”, Deputy Commander of the 25 Division Brigadier J K Tiwari told reporters in Rajouri.

  6. Yogesh Kokatay permalink
    January 10, 2013 7:49 AM

    Without suggesting a solution Mr. Vij is saying we need to solve the Kashmir issue.. that mean we need to give away Kashmir to Pakistan.. then Punjab.. then Rajasthan.. in the whole country…Barkha is lying.. Radia tapes showed what her actual role is..
    Is Mr. Vij is so sure, then why hs he not referred to any such barbaric act by Indian Army before Kargil? what as tghe provocation for mtilation of Capt Kalia’s n s indian sodeirs… make a show of dialogue n on the other hand encroach into Indian terrority.. take strataegic position n tgen control disrtupt the movement of vehicles on tghe highway making it easier to capture other posts after cutting of tghe vital support lines.. that was the design during Kargil.. which our brave soldiers ptevented.. by recaputring the strategic points.. But what was the need to mutilate bodies of Capt Kalia n six indian soldiers? u r trying to paint both the armies with same brush.. it is shameless apologetic attitue.. or do u get financied from across rhe border?

    • Em Kay permalink
      January 10, 2013 11:32 PM

      Who said giving Kashmir to them (Pakistan) will solve the problem. Only showing real compassion to the Kashmir and Kashmiri people can easily solve the problem. But so much hatred for Kashmir and Kashmiri people has been spread, it seems the Indian Army is bound to follow the agenda of RSS, Jansangh and Shiv Sena on the name of national interest. And they know, it always works as the RAMBAAN to divert the blame on enemy. Indian people are being trained to bow to the state power on the name of national interest and make them habitual to accept as the top truth whatever state machinery feeds to them.

  7. January 10, 2013 9:21 AM

    Silly school boy games these two stupid nations play in our homeland at our expense. It is the local people and low paid foot soldiers who pay the price and not the foreign generals and their cheer leaders like Arnab Goswami. Please leave us alone!

  8. Suresh Nairt permalink
    January 10, 2013 11:25 AM

    I have been in the Army. Soldiers in the Indian Army do not kill for pleasure and they are not taught to kill other than for the singular purpose of defending the border. There is no question of being brutal with the slain soldiers. Shivam Vij would recall the way we showed respect to the Paki soldiers bodies during Kargil conflict. WE have only been taught this. I have not heard of this broadsheet and the dribble you have written is only worth being thrown away. In my 3 decades plus in the Army I have not come across such instances of insinuations you make. Quoting Barkha Dutt does not enhance the quality of your article as she herself is a reporter of doubtful integrity.

    • SadMan29 permalink
      January 10, 2013 11:55 AM

      Its simply a case of sadistic perversion on the part who soever had done. Though BSF is not part of the Indian Army they have not been trained with what Mr.Nairt has said above. They are a bunch of trigger happy kids to the Bangladeshis around the Indo-Bangladesh Border.

      • Suresh Nair permalink
        January 10, 2013 5:46 PM

        The writer was blaming the army and in Poonch there is no BSF. Well in case you just want find faults you can continue to do so. I am certain of the teachings of the army and how strictly they are followed.

  9. SadMan29 permalink
    January 10, 2013 11:40 AM

    Unfortunately when both the Governments have been working to improve their mutual relations some players in the high offices could have hands in the incident. Both the Governments should take utmost care so that situation dont get beyond control.

  10. January 10, 2013 11:43 AM

    `Mutilation or beheading` are shameful, and there is a billion and a half humanity`s future at stake- whether true or a dirty blame.
    Hope UN inquiry will be conducted to expose which side is to be blamed for spreading hate among the ordinary on both sides through this. And whether true or false, we feel more compelled to strive for peace, as what is at stake is the `right to dignity to live with peace` of 1.4 billion, humanity living under a looming threat of conflict or war, and two third of this humanity i.e. One billion are youth. They deserve to be nurtured with hope not hate.
    `

    • SadMan29 permalink
      January 10, 2013 12:18 PM

      It is important the people know the correct picture. There are many players to fish in the muddy water. Hope international bodies like UN will inquire and look into the allegation.

  11. Sukumar Muralidharan permalink
    January 10, 2013 11:58 AM

    We could also add the record of brutality of Indian army proxies in Kashmir, the so-called renegs who aided in the anti-insurgency effort. “The Meadow”, a recent book on the kidnapping of five western tourists in the valley back in 1995 records some of these.

  12. Tanmay Patil permalink
    January 10, 2013 12:16 PM

    Its shameful that still Indian youth want to play with them saying sports and music don’t have boundaries ..it’s not sign of open mind but sign of lack of love and respect towards Nation.

  13. tarun permalink
    January 10, 2013 1:40 PM

    I’ll get straight to the point – If an American or Israeli soldier was was put to this treatment . There wouldn’t be no ‘investigation’ , ‘retaliatory planning’ , they would have waked right into POK & bombarded every single terrorist camp & the 29 balooch regiment. No bloody taking permissions or complaining like a school kid. Take the ideal example of how the US eliminated Osama right inside Pakistan (Ref History channel – President Obama & his admin narrates the entire episode with actual visuals )

    The interesting point to note here is that all these countries have a Def ministers who are Ex-general. So the actions & reactions are not lethargic – ‘Theeek hai’s’ or ‘baaaaahooot galat hua’s’ as by our Indian counterparts. Also their top political leaders take time out to understand their military strengths,strategic commands annually.

    Lastly Pak govt/army, which considers our govt spineless, would continue to bleed the Indian army until our Generals standup & take military decisions themselves and not from sloppy politicians.

    • mdsukumar permalink
      January 10, 2013 8:37 PM

      Wow! Clearest clarion that has been sounded for a military coup! Good luck to you man. But under the law of the land, you’re liable for prosecution under the sedition clauses. Please be a bit more careful with what you say. Hyper-ventilating nationalism for some reason, thinks that it is exempt from the law of the land. And unfortunately, the manner in which the law has been implemented has nurtured this conceit. But don’t push your luck too far.

  14. Vandana permalink
    January 10, 2013 3:37 PM

    No adminitrative building has a war zone behind it in the “alley.” No gunny bag will come from nowhere in a place where the PR person takes you.

  15. January 10, 2013 3:58 PM

    Who benefits from these lies? The war Industry. The unnamed procurers and distributors and manufacturers who cannot have a stable South Asia. The need is more now as US has decided to go away from Af- Pak in 2014.

  16. January 10, 2013 7:08 PM

    We all need to accept the fact that all armies of the world are barnaric, cruel & inhuman be it Indian, Pakistani, Chinese, Us or anyother;they are ment to be. we should stop humanizing our armies and saying that our army is better behaved, respects human rights in comparison to our enemies; It is the prism of patriotism and nationalism that stops us from seing the barbarism of our army but the same amplifies the acts of the enemy. Armies are the products of war, if war is inhuman how can armies be human.

    • SadMan29 permalink
      January 11, 2013 7:58 AM

      Army is not raised and maintained as a decor and when they are used it is for killing and destruction be it enemies or purported ones. Only lately the term for Peace Keeping Army is becoming to be used.

  17. nazim naqvi permalink
    January 10, 2013 10:18 PM

    Hindu bhi maze mein hai, musalmaN bhi maze mein… Insaan pareshan idher bhi hai udher bhi… (Nida Fazli)…

    • sri permalink
      January 12, 2013 10:07 AM

      Rightly hit the nail on the head. Love your comments simple ,small ,apt and effective.

  18. Varun permalink
    January 10, 2013 10:19 PM

    unimpressed with Kafila in posting this type of article. Mutilated, beheaded or whatever, point is two Indian soldiers were killed.
    This piece has nothing to conclude and there is larger issue out there of ceasefire violation. it is no different from cheap and trivial investigating journalism.

  19. January 10, 2013 10:35 PM

    1. If Indian soldiers did behead an enemy casualty and nail it to a tree then it is a violation of customary international humnitarian law (Rule 113),
    2. Barkha Dutt should be subpoenad and made to answer questions about who the colonel was, where was the head nailed and to identify the others involved.
    3. The truth of serious allegations must be investigated.

  20. January 11, 2013 12:43 AM

    perfect writing. need to see other side for solutions instead of just blaming.

    • srinivas permalink
      January 17, 2013 3:05 AM

      Agree Amir Bhai.. Let these idiots write about the solutions rather than problem…

  21. January 11, 2013 12:49 AM

    For the past few days, I have been following the events around the gruesome killing of the two Indian soldiers on the Line-of-Control (LoC) early this week. While I wasn’t surprised at all with this deliberate act of barbarism, which is much against all tenets of a soldier’s code and honour, I was certainly bemused when the well-awaited alibi of Pakistan came forward yet again – ‘this is not the act of Pakistan’s armed forces, behind this could be the non-state actors (read – militants).’

    Pakistan is indeed full of actors, isn’t it? Some state, some non-state. Some actors take form of its slimy politicians, who don an astonishing act of friendliness and forward-looking statesmen in one frame; and yet, turn their dialogues-delivery to extreme nonchalance the moment they are faced with some real questions. They are at their theatrical best while playing the role of a shameless, spineless character; an act that would have made legendary villain, of the yesteryears’ Hindi film industry, Kanhaiyya Lal bow in honour!

    Some actors play the roles of well-read and well-travelled journalists, who exhibit moving sentiments while reciting verses on the platforms like ‘Aman ki Asha’ and TV chat-shows, and yet offer an equally moving rendition of silence when made to face the dastardly, state-sponsored acts of terrorism against India.

    Even better actor is the Pakistan Army, which performs its act so well at times that I really don’t miss another fabulous actor Mahmood anymore! They act out an aggressor and a coward with similar gusto, almost in the same frame many a times. They act befittingly the role of butchers of soldiers, character of a guide to terrorists and the part of a watch-keeper when militants cross the border almost as a daily ritual. They also mouth splendid dialogues; sometimes well after the whole act is over! Who would forget the splendid performance by Pakistan denying involvement of any of their armed forces whatsoever during the Kargil skirmish in 1999. Sadly, Pervez Musharraf, the protagonist playing army general, in his later played role of a condemned politician, admitted to the world – ‘well of course we played a role there!’

    And then, surely exists out there the legendary non-state actor of Pakistan – mightiest of them all. And they perform their part with similar flair all over India, you see; right from the snowy LoC to the swanky metropolitans like Mumbai. With an acting prowess like theirs, their craft is good enough to sweep each award in every category, should there be an award ceremony for this coterie!

    And this is all one big family of actors performing in unison, so impeccably all the time. Some incredible acting it is, as it never ceases to act in the most crafty and nifty manner. This is also probably the best in class show; even better than the drama America put by bombing Iraq, in its spell-binding performance of Uncle Sam’s men searching the WMDs!

    Wonderful actors, them all Pakistanis!

    With this grand histrionic around, I also wonder as to when the side-actor, called the Indian government, too finds a frame or two to showcase its talents, if any…

  22. Shailesh Gandhi permalink
    January 11, 2013 12:18 PM

    The army statements don’t mention beheading of the soldiers on account of respect for the soldiers and their families.

  23. Shourav permalink
    January 11, 2013 1:35 PM

    I think that ‘The Hindu’ story proves that the incident was blown completely out of proportion by the media. It conveniently chose to forget that unfortunately Indian army soldiers have also beheaded some Pakistani soldiers in LOC skirmishes in the past. I wonder whether the media was actively trying to destabilize the peace process.

    The story can be found here: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/runaway-grandmother-sparked-savage-skirmish-on-loc/article4291426.ece

  24. Yogesh Kokatay permalink
    January 11, 2013 3:53 PM

    Is the slain soldiers mother and wife lying?

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/lance-naik-hemraj-cremated-with-full-honours/1/241776.html

  25. iftikhar permalink
    January 12, 2013 7:57 AM

    If you have watched a talk show(debate) on Headlines today, where Mr.Shashi Taroor was the anchor, speakers were from India and Pakistan. Mr.Mani Shanker Ayer in clear terms compared Mr.Arunab Goswami with Mr.Hafiz Sayeed, saying that both are the two sides of the same coin, both try to exploit & damage peace. In my openion now a days media is playing a dirty roll, especially Times now & headlines today (Rahul Kanwal) is trying to follow the foot steps of Mr.Goswami. Yes,, there may be wrong done by one side or both sides, but unfortunate that Media is being the judge & they pronounce verdict too. Wish & hope that the Information & brodcasting minister takes a stand & does not allow peace to derail due to media efforts.

  26. January 12, 2013 9:38 AM

    नमस्कार !
    घटना की पूरी जानकारी पहले घुमाई जाती है. पहली सूचना स्पष्ट होनी चाहिए .मंत्री को पूरी सूचना लेकर बोलनी चाहिय. घटना के बाद तत्काल खोजी कुत्तों को ले जाना चाहिए था . गस्ती दल में जब अधिक सदस्य थे तो वे कहाँ चले गए. जब आदमी दिखाई दिए तो असावधानी की गयी. इतनी रात में असावधानीपूर्वक गस्ती खतरनाक होती है और हुई भी.

  27. mughees a baig permalink
    January 12, 2013 10:20 PM

    nice objective piece written, beheading is not proved, need to see other side of the wall, for solutions, options should be discussed, blame game will never end, rather fuel up the hostilities, who is getting benefit?

  28. indian citizen permalink
    January 13, 2013 12:36 AM

    Today TOI , zee news have shown images of Mathura’ martyred soldier Sudhkar’s crying mother and spouse demanding indian govt to bring back his mutilated head.They have certainly saw the body before last rites but not Kafila’s writer. right?

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Martyrs-family-on-hunger-strike-wants-govt-to-bring-back-severed-head/articleshow/17995977.cms

    For the sake of honesty kafila should openly ask for an unconditional apology for spreading a baseless rumour and in turn hurting a slain soldier’s esteem and sentiments of crores of indians. They should also praise army statement for “restrained” response in their language. Otherewise Kafila’s authencity is at stake. Spreading incorrect news won’t make Kafila progressive.

  29. chinmay permalink
    January 14, 2013 6:06 AM

    Now that Hemraj family is asking for his missing head, will you offer an apology for casting doubts on his brutal murder????

  30. January 14, 2013 12:23 PM

    Comment from Army Chief Bikram Singh should put to rest all questions about beheading: ”
    “With regard to getting Hemraj’s head back it is being done at govt level, it has been conveyed at DGMO level”, he said in response to a question. “

  31. January 14, 2013 4:47 PM

    Waiting for the same writer to write “Did the beheaded Soldiers Family actually protested and fasted for the recovery of the dead soldier’s head”.

    Eagerly waiting… I know you “Gardon Duff” and “Alex Jones” inspired writer can come up with it.

  32. syed M H gardezi permalink
    January 17, 2013 12:37 PM

    All may be true or false? but how and when we can see a peace full time among, For GOD sake watch others nations, they are just thinking and working hard for there own masses, for there prosperity, and each day here we are just blaming each other, fighting , and ready to kill each others,? just say we all need Nelson mandela like leadership in both the countries.
    Gardezi

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