The Indian Army today faces a very complex challenge. It is increasingly becoming clear that the kind of wars that were fought a few decades ago are not going to be fought in the future.
The erosion in moral values in the armed forces over the past few decades has left India’s political and military leadership bewildered and befuddled.
Value systems form the spine of modern society, religion and every individual’s conscience with moral codes defining ‘appropriate’ and ‘expected’ activity.
There has been a palpable decline in the standards of morals, ethics and values as observed by officers in the armed forces and the bond between officers and men has weakened.
‘Ethics’ derived from the Greek word ‘Ethicos’, means character or manners and guide actions thereby becoming a ‘normative discipline’.
This article looks at the current situation in the armed forces, which has been in the news for all wrong reasons recently.
Developing culture and traditions is one of the pragmatic ways of breeding ethics and moral standards in the military.
The Indian Army remains rooted in an outdated, British-inherited system that is struggling to cope with the combination of challenges posed by demands of modern warfare and a society that is undergoin
The phenomenon of the apparent lowering of both personal and institutional moral and ethical standards in the armed forces is not limited to India.
This article addresses the declining standards of morality in the armed forces and suggests measures to address it by undertaking appropriate interventions at the grassroots, unit or battalion.