Education minister of Jammu & Kashmir responding to the comment made by Chief of Army Staff, on teaching students on two types of maps (one the Indian Map and the other the J&K map), was ‘we do not need the advice of the general as to what we teach’. The Chief of Army Staff’s comment was correct and completely justified; that he was required to comment shows the seriousness of the issue. The three wings of the Defence Forces plan the strategy for the defence of the country using the maps as the very base. The map is like the eye of the forces while planning and undertaking their missions. There cannot be anything more important or sacrosanct that the correctness of the maps. Keeping this in mind, what is wrong if the Chief opines on the fact of the maps that are being taught? He has only put his finger on what is wrong! Two differing maps of the same country taught in the very same country is wrong!! Questions cannot be asked when the person who is responsible for the security of the nation is making this statement. Because there is due diligence on his part before making a statement. Due diligence and the service chiefs go together hand in hand. Accepting this fact is good for the nation.
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