Mixing military and politics a worry for Indian soldiers

Mrs Radha Singh with her one-year-old son and mother-in-law at Rajgarh village. Her husband Hari Singh was killed in an operation to flush out militants behind suicide attacks which killed 40 Indian soldiers.
Mrs Radha Singh with her one-year-old son and mother-in-law at Rajgarh village. Her husband Hari Singh was killed in an operation to flush out militants behind suicide attacks which killed 40 Indian soldiers.ST PHOTO: NIRMALA GANAPATHY

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The young widow is haunted by the last conversation she had with her husband Hari Singh, an Indian army commando posted to trouble-torn Kashmir.

As he was due to return to their village of Rajgarh in northern Haryana state soon, they were discussing how to celebrate their son's first birthday. "We spoke about what to do for the birthday. He was about to come home on leave in a few days for his son's birthday," said Mrs Radha Singh, 20, as she tried to hold back her tears.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2019, with the headline 'Mixing military and politics a worry for Indian soldiers'. Print Edition | Subscribe