'Should the military brass get so many awards?' (http://nitinagokhale.blogspot.in/2014/01/should-military-brass-get-so-many-awards.html). But the latter article has also triggered heated and passionate debate over the practice of granting awards in the Indian military.
Some of the responses are already posted in the comments section of the piece on awards. But many serving and retired officers and remarkably, one retired JCO, have written in with their views. I can't name most of them.
In any case, individuals are not important in policy issues. So here's a sampling of the views.
THE FIRST RESPONSE
I am of the opinion that distinguished service awards should be scrapped for 'peacetime'. Earlier, the Sena Medal used to be only for gallantry. I was actually galled when a Sena Medal (Distinguished) was introduced, which makes no sense. Perhaps distinguished service awards in field could be retained.
Thank you very much for the "Thought Provoking" paper on the subject which will attract both positive, negative and and neutral reactions; Unfortunately these awards have been linked to ranks;I am touring for the present. Will send you my "honest" views for what ever they are worth soon.
And before I close, this debate is not limited to India alone. Read this (sent to me by another General) about an American debate