According to recent reports, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur has become a Captain in the Territorial Army (TA) of India.
In 2016, Anurag Thakur, a Lieutenant in TA has been promoted to Captain. He is the first serving MP and Minister to have achieved this position in the TA. Anurag Thakur is MP from Hamirpur, Himachal
Anurag Thakur tweeted after becoming captain and said, "I became a lieutenant in the Territorial Army in July 2016. Today I am honored to say that I have been promoted to Captain. I reiterate my commitment to the service of the people and the discharge of duty to the flag of Mother India.”
Anurag Thakur also met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla after wearing the Captain's uniform.
#WATCH MoS Finance & Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur becomes the first serving (BJP MP in current government) and Minister to become Captain in the Territorial Army as a regular commissioned officer.— ANI (@ANI) March 10, 2021
He was commissioned into the TA in July 2016 as a Lieutenant. pic.twitter.com/r7pbiAM1dL
The promotion has prompted mixed reactions from Twitterati as a lot of people including Ex-servicemen and bureaucrats have expressed criticism through the social media platform.
Critics have claimed that this promotion is not based on merit but rather due to political influence from the ruling party as BJP showcases itself as a flag bearer of Nationalism.
Anurag Thakur is important not only in the politics of the BJP but also in the field of cricket. From May 2016 to February 2017, he was also the President of BCCI. However, as a player, he played only one first-class match, and in that, he was dismissed for zero.
But he became not only the youngest chairman of the Himachal Pradesh State Cricket Association but also the youngest national selector in 2001 at the age of 26. He is also playing an important responsibility in BJP. Anurag has been the national president of the BJP Yuva Morcha.
Various critics have claimed that this promotion showcases further politicization of the Armed-forces and the growing influence of Right-Wing forces within the military, however, many other servicemen have denied such claims.