Thursday, May 11, 2006

Holy Men Wanted for Indian Army

It looks like the Indian Army is upgrading, not only in weaponry but in taking the spiritual concerns of its fighting men more seriously:

Are you a Hindu pandit, Sikh granthi, Buddhist monk, Christian priest or Muslim maulvi looking for a great career? Or, are you an unemployed graduate in the 27 to 34 age group with a religious bent of mind? The Indian Army needs you as a religious teacher. Curious? Read on.

Why does the army need religious teachers? The Indian Army is one of the largest in the world, with 980,000 active troops and 800,000 reservists. There are routine religious activities for an army unit just as civilians like you and me enjoy. For decades, an atmosphere of religious harmony has existed in the armed forces. In some cantonments like Mathura, mosques constructed for the troops of the British Indian Army still continue to be maintained.

Some of the older army regiments in India are so religious that they
have their own dieties. For instance, the icon of Lord Vishnu, popularly known as Badri Vishal, installed at Badrinath in Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh, is the presiding deity of the Garhwal Rifles. All the battalions of the Garhwal Rifles worship the mighty Badri Vishal. What do religious teachers in the Indian Army do?

Lype, George. "Wanted: Holy men for the Indian Army." 10 May 2006. Rediff.com 11 May 2006 <http://in.rediff.com/getahead/2006/may/10ga1.htm>

3 Comments:

Blogger Sameer said...

Religion in the Indian Army is treated as a parade. These parades are generally held once a week in which the religious teacher talks to the troops about a topic either related to their religion or their basic conduct in uniform. Majority of the troops in the Army are from rural areas where religion plays an important role. This practice ensures that once a man donnes the uniform he does not feel a vacuum as far as his religion goes. Though a point to note here is that overdue attention is not given to any religious matter and officers, JCOs and other ranks of all religions attend each others religious functions/parades.

12:44 AM, June 03, 2006  
Blogger Ash "AshTray" Divay said...

Hey i love ur blog good work.

3:18 AM, July 06, 2006  
Blogger Aggi said...

Anyone who has chanted the Hanuman Chalisa when scared or remembered the Almighty in time of stress would appreciate the fact that people in the Army are a lot closer to the Gods since they constantly are under stress and face danger.

8:26 PM, January 26, 2009  

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