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In recent times there is evidence of political advantage being sought from the martyrdom of military and paramilitary personnel in Jammu and Kashmir, the North-east and the Maoist-infested region in Central India. With television crew present when homage is being paid to those who made the supreme sacrifice, it has become “prudent” for politicians to be there too: an unhealthy “competition” has taken shape, politicians point accusing fingers at members of other parties who stayed away. The solemnity of such occasions has been impacted and the manner in which some persons strive to be “on camera” actually detracts from the honour due to those who died with their boots on. ________________________________
The observations of the Delhi High Court did not go into matters political, but its’ seeking a definition of “martyr” ought to cause the political class considerable embarrassment.
A military funeral is not a “photo-op”: greater respect would accrue to those leaders who battle for creating conditions in which internal security duties do not involve laying down one’s life for the nation.
This is inhuman and unthinkable.
Rabindranath Tagore was conferred knighthood by Queen Victoria of England but after the brutal massacre of Indians by the British army at Jalianwala Bagh, Amritsar, he returned his knighthood.
The government of India cannot allow the situation to drift any further.
Correct Option is A military funeral is not a “photo-op”: greater respect would accrue to those leaders who battle for creating conditions in which internal security duties do not involve laying down one’s life for the nation.
The paragraph talks about the evidence of political advantage being sought from the martyrdom of defense personnel by some politicians and media groups. Read the last few lines of the paragraph carefully, it can be easily inferred from there that only option (b) makes the perfect conclusion to the paragraph. Other options are irrelevant in terms of their meanings. Hence (b) is the correct choice.
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