Prakash Karat attacks army chief Bipin Rawat on Kashmir issue

Vastavam web: Senior CPI-M leader Prakash Karat courted controversy on Tuesday after he attacked army chief Gen bipin rawat for his “unbecoming” attitude towards the Kashmir issue in an opinion piece in the party’s mouthpiece.

Referring to Gen Rawat’s remarks on civilian protesters at a recent interview, Karat pointed out that the army chief was towing the government’s line on Kashmir, which is to “suppress” the people who are “voicing their political protest”.

“The army chief is reflecting the views of the Modi government which seeks to suppress the people of Kashmir, who are voicing their political protest, through the sole reliance on use of force,” he wrote in the editorial published in the Peoples’ Democracy.

Karat also criticized Rawat for defending the actions of Major Leetul Gogoi, who tied a man to the bonnet of an army jeep as a human shield against stone pelters in Jammu and Kashmir. In a move that took many by surprise, Major Gogoi was awarded the Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation Card for “sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations.”