Can they say anything?Imagine you are a great scientist or a great mathematician. You are talking about the contribution of another scientist or another mathematician. You are humbly stating that the scientist/mathematician should be given a particular medal/award. Suddenly a historian arrives on the scene and tells you to shut up. He says that you have no right to recommend an award to the scientist/mathematician? How would you feel?
General Bipin Rawat is the Chief of Army Staff (COAS). He has reached this position because of his competence in the subject of warfare. And he has been displaying his calibre for forty long years. In a function to commemorate the contribution of Field Marshal Cariappa, the first Indian COAS. General Rawat said that considering his contribution to Indian Army, Field Marshal Cariappa may be awarded Bharat Ratna. Suddenly a Nehruvite historian named Ramchandra Guha tweeted and asked General Rawat to 'shut up'. He said that General Rawat has no right to request the Government to consider Field Marshal Cariappa for Bharat Ratna.
General Rawat was earlier addressed by a Congress MP as 'sarak ka goonda'. Now a Nehruvite historian asks him to 'shut up'.
I have two questions. Is Ramchandra Guha competent enough to judge the contribution of Field Marshal Cariappa to the Indian Army? My second question is far more important. Do the liberals have a license to say anything, even to a very respectable and important position-holder?