4 min read.Updated: 10 Jun 2019, 12:09 AM ISTManu Joseph
Like any powerful idea, it can be used by dangerous men, but there are other ways to look at it
Many years before Indians developed an affection for their soldiers, and a very expensive cricketer endorsed military insignia free of cost, there was an earthquake in Gujarat. The 2001 Bhuj quake killed many thousands. In a town called Anjar, I saw a man sitting on top of a cupboard that was resting on the body of his own brother. He was breaking the cupboard with a knife. He said there were jewels, money and perfume bottles inside. He wanted to extract them before the soldiers, who were conducting rescue missions, arrived. The word in the area was that the soldiers were stealing valuables. A jawan would later tell me: “I am sick of some of these people. Once they realize their family is dead, they quickly think of what to do next. Just now a woman asked me to bring an almirah out. She said there is ₹3,50,000 in there. She also said that she will be watching me."