Military leadership strives to ensure mutual trust on the foundations of justice and fair play. No leader worth his salt can be seen to be acting unfairly or in a partisan manner. Over long years of service this concept of justice and fair play is deeply ingrained in a serviceman. He carries it with him on hanging his uniform. This unique culture rests on accepting the spoken word as inviolable. The soldier’s angst arises when society at large and the political leadership, in particular, is perceived to be ignoring and rescinding its own spoken commitment.
Governance and Civil Military Relations in India by MG Devasahayam
Across the aisle - P Chidambaram
This India Today article is reported by a retired service officer as "very short on facts. E.g. It talks about a few hundred veterans in the 12 Sep rally when there were clearly several thousand. Some other questionable issues like rift in the ranks of the veterans, which are not correct and more an attempt by vested interests in the govt. to tarnish the leadership and image of the UFESM.."