‘Special force is my religion and caste’: Army officer’s solution to India’s problems goes viral
Many praised and supported Col Shekhawat’s views on “pluralistic secularist society” on social media.india Updated: Feb 08, 2018 13:45 IST
An Indian Army officer’s anecdote about secularism is going viral on social media for all the good reasons.
Colonel Saurabh Singh Shekhawat, India’s most decorated officer, says that everyone in the army lives as a “pluralistic secular society” and “act like a unit” irrespective of their caste and religion in the one-minute video.
“... When I was commissioned and when I joined special forces, I was asked by my NCO, ‘What is your religion? What is your caste?’ I said, ‘Hindu Rajput’. He said, ‘Bloody chap, take a dip in that dirty water!’ So I went and took a dip. Then I realised I had said something wrong,” Col Shekhawat says in the clip shared by former army officer Raghu Raman on Twitter.
The colonel says, in what looks like an interview, that he was asked the same question and his reply was a little different.
If you had to listen to one man today. #OneTalkToday— Raghu Raman (@captraman) February 7, 2018
Who - Col SS Shekhawat, CO 21 Special Forces, the most decorated serving officer.
Why - In one minute he gives a lesson more powerful than all politicians put together @atahasnain53 @rwac48 @rajeev_mp @ragarwal @priyaramani pic.twitter.com/J08KCE0KGA
“Then again he asked the same question and I replied, ‘Sir my religion is special force and my caste is special force’. He then told me that you are an officer and so your religion is the religion which is the religion of your boys ... So, as an officer you are everything,” he says.
“If you apply this kind of template in the country, most of the problems will be solved ... All the religions are there, all the classes and clans are together and still they are one unit,” he adds.
The tweet was shared 4,533 times and was liked by more than 7,000 people on social media.
Many praised and supported Col Shekhawat’s views on “pluralistic secularist society” on social media.
“What Col Shekhawat is saying is what Indian Army teaches. This is what we all learnt. This is what we believe in. It does not matter what a religious text of any religion says. Army is inclusive. As an officer, your religion is the religion of your troops,” defence analyst Major Gaurav Arya commented on the post.
So, finally some positive on Twitter. We really need more of these. Thanks a bunch 😊👍— Kabi Ranjan (@meinhunkabi) February 7, 2018
Politicos please learn something from this patriotic Colonel of Special Forces. This is the ethos of the army. Stop being petty. Nation first always and everytime.— Brig. Jay Kaul (@Jaykaul) February 7, 2018
We are very proud of our Army..Most professional and Full of capabilities.. God bless you always.— Carbon Negative India is our dream. (@DrPadvekar) February 7, 2018
Hope soon our Army takes over atleast for 4-5 years, So all dairty politicians runaway to rabbit holes and our constitution saved.@MrsGandhi @ShefVaidya @AditiIndiaFirst
Salute. Wish everyone could get the ethics of an army officer— nazma parveen (@nazmaaman) February 7, 2018
A part of the Indian Army’s elite special forces, Shekhawat has three gallantry awards to his name — Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra and Sena Medal — and a Vishisht Sena Medal for distinguished service.