JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

‘Strength One’ on the Moral Highway

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  • April 2013
    Volume: 
    7
    Issue: 
    2
    Articles

    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. No amount of preventive or curative measures appear to be succeeding in arresting this fall, as day after day dawns with news of fresh instances of impropriety and indecorum. This article attempts to examine the issues of morals and ethics as relevant to the profession of soldiering across the time continuum. It dwells further on the probable causes of the erosion of moral values and ethics in the Army. The article suggests certain fundamental approaches towards addressing this complex human issue albeit with immense prudence, as ‘sometimes the remedy is more lethal than the disease’.

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