Indian soldier complains of working on empty stomach in viral video

Published: January 10, 2017

A soldier of India’s Border Security Force (BSF) captured social media attention on Sunday after he posted videos on Facebook showing the horrible condition of the food he and his fellow troopers are served while on duty, India Today reported.

“We get one paratha for breakfast in the morning and we have to eat it just with tea. There are times when we are forced to sleep on an empty stomach,” Tej Bahadur Yadav said in one of the four videos he posted on the social networking portal.

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“This dal just has turmeric and salt, but no taste,” he said, showing a watery lentil curry and under-cooked rotis. “We have been getting this same food for 10 days continuously. Can a BSF jawan do 10 hours of duty after eating such food?” he asked.

Yadav, who is posted in Indian Occupied Kashmir, accused senior officers of selling off various ingredients in the market, leaving such substandard food for soldiers.

“The stores are always brimming. The top administration, however, sells it all in the market and pockets the money,” he said, calling for a government inquiry into the issue.

He also voiced fear that he could be severely reprimanded for posting the videos. “Officials have a lot of power. They can do anything to me.”

The Indian government has reportedly ordered a probe into the soldier’s allegations after the videos surfaced. Meanwhile, BSF, in a tweet, said it is “highly sensitive to the welfare of troops. Individual aberrations, if any, are enquired into. A senior officer has already reached the location.”


Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • salman
    Jan 10, 2017 - 9:45AM

    Wow!!! That is a sheer embarrassment. Brave solider who spoke his mind after being treated inhumanely by his own comrades. No wonder suicide rates are so high among Indian Army. Its time for all such soldiers to stand up against their senior to create a revolt.Recommend

  • Abdul Mannan
    Jan 10, 2017 - 10:15AM

    Well, its shameful. Being Muslim I must say to those who commented above(fb comments) shouldn’t make a joke of this. And to those Indians who always talk shitty, should look into their own condition first. It’s always better to be positive and to speak positively.Recommend

  • LOL
    Jan 10, 2017 - 10:19AM

    LOOOL. what indians have to say now who keep blaming pak army for being non-professional. wonder what the new chief has to say about it, or do they just keep issuing chest-thumping statements like ‘surgical strike’, ‘muscle flex’. HAHAHAHA. in your face.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Jan 10, 2017 - 10:46AM

    Everybody needs to google the term KIA now..Recommend

  • dude
    Jan 10, 2017 - 10:53AM

    he has done good thing.. this must be brought to attension..Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Jan 10, 2017 - 11:18AM

    Think of it, the embarrassment is on us. We lost most of our wars to a country which feeds and keeps its men in such spartan conditions ! Says a lot about our overfed soldiers and even cricketers.Recommend

  • doesnt matter
    Jan 10, 2017 - 11:24AM

    BSF is paramilitary force which has nothing to do with the army. At least do your homework before you come up with make believe factsRecommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jan 10, 2017 - 11:32AM

    It is very shameful and embarrassing. The soldier claims that government is providing lot of funds and supplies but the corrupt officers/officials sell the supplies and pocket the money. Congress government has done huge damage to the country by bringing in corruption to very high levels and protecting the corrupt. Modi has a huge task ahead of him. I am sure Modi will act and heads will roll. It is good that this soldier brought this corruption to light through his video. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jan 10, 2017 - 11:49AM

    @doesnt matter:
    It does not make things any better or does it!!!??? Infact it only shows how much importance the Indian government gives in securing its borders and cries about border intrusions. Pathetic.Recommend

  • Ali Javed
    Jan 10, 2017 - 1:19PM

    India Shining !Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 10, 2017 - 4:48PM

    A very brave soldier. All over the world the department which deals with army supplies is corrupt. This hero soldier has become voice of all soldiers of the world. Trust me, he will get better food in jail.Recommend

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