Army has deployed more than 20,000 soldiers to carry out rescue operations
The Operation Megh Rahat carried out by the Army in flood-ravaged Kashmir appears to be redefining the complex relationship between the people of the Valley and the armed forces. The good work by the forces (it alone has evacuated around 40,000 people) could provide an opportunity for the people to reassess their views on what is perceived by many in the Valley as an ‘occupation force’.
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state last weekend, the Army has deployed more than 20,000 soldiers to carry out rescue operations. Reports from the state say that 215 columns, 80 medical teams and 15 engineer task forces have been helping the Valley overcome its biggest crisis since Independence.
This Operation could provide a chance for the Army to eliminate the trust deficit between Kashmiris and its men. It could also negate the Left-liberal narrative that routinely tarnishes the image of men in uniform.