India, May 24 -- Last Monday, lockdown 4.0 with some relaxations was promulgated. But this did not end, as the Supreme Court noted, the deluge of migrants making their way home. The question being asked by many, including serving and retired military personnel, is why the armed forces, the most-trusted instrument of the State, has not been more actively involved in containing the biggest internal security crisis facing the country. A serving lieutenant colonel, a retired commodore and two former Navy chiefs - the first two on this page - and others on social media have urged the armed forces be requisitioned to aid the civil administration in assisting citizens in distress.

On day 48 of the lockdown, the government issued instructions to...