The new reality
There have been several defining moments in the evolution of the territorial integrity of post-colonial India.
These include integrating Hyderabad into the Indian Union in 1948, salvaging Kashmir from the rapacious Pakistan tribesmen and the consequent 14-month-long war in 1947-48, redeeming the people of Telangana from Communist violence and dictatorship in 1948, preventing Nagaland and later major chunks of the Northeast from seceding, integrating Goa in 1960, and reclaiming Punjab from ISI-backed terrorists in the 1980s.
The credit for them must overwhelmingly, if not entirely, go to the Indian Army.
A fledgling independent India was considered to be psychologically and politically extremely fragile by many European observers, including Churchill, who doubted the very survivability of this country.
Sixty-four years later, independent India remains united - thanks to our Army. All the fissiparous forces have however not disappeared. Some have reinvented themselves in more sophisticated and vicious forms, and some new ones have sprung up.
The new reality, however, is that there is an incessant and determined bid by some dubious activists and media houses to fray the very integrity of India, assiduously built and preserved by the Indian Army.
These anti-India forces reckon that if the Army is constantly demonised, it will ultimately be demolished, thus paving the way for the disintegration of India.
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