#46/D-125 @Santhosh " ... someone walking into an army chief’s room and offering a bribe is something that i still find surreal."
It is not just 'someone' walking into the army chief's room. It was someone from his own fraternity, and a senior (I believe he was already retired). So the reason for visit could easily have been camouflaged.
Offer/Demand of bribe is rarely done explicitly. It is always subtle to the extent that it can be interpreted in any way.
Whatever, noted. Just a couple of clarifications.
(1) While there are differing opinions on whether or not precise knowledge about our defence preparedness (or lack of it) should be part of the public domain, i believe that such knowledge should (or not) be placed in public domain by the concerned civilian authority – in this case the DM or the PM. It cannot be the case that because the civilian authority is weak (or not forthcoming), this chain of command is violated. It is an unhealthy precedent that has been going on for a while -- the army informing the public through the media that force reduction in Kashmir is harmful while a political consensus was being attempted, their open opposition to the AFSPA in the North-East, and a few other instances. It could be reasonably argued that the army might have a point, but by echoing its grievances in public it encroaches upon and second-guesses what essentially ought to be a political decision. It is something that can only bring harm in the long-run, and needs to be clamped down by the political establishment, no matter how badly we feel let down by them and no matter what their role has been in bringing things to such a sorry state.
(2) ‘It is beyond belief…’. – While most of us aware of all the fixing and looting, someone walking into an army chief’s room and offering a bribe is something that i still find surreal. Imagine the dialogue that would have gone on! No Bollywood scriptwriter can improve on it.
Hilarious post! white, yellow, blue, and pink copies!
While we are at it, could someone confirm if we really have the nuclear "bums" or was that an elaborate hoax too?? I am inclined to believe that they just gathered in the desert, exploded a few diwali crackers and announced that we had the "bum" at last!
Apparently, Pakistanis are full of glee at our sorry plight. They should feel sorry for themselves. Without firing a single shot (we don't have one), we made them buy expensive arms and ammunition. That's so not cool.
@ Santosh Samuel
"What good came out of an army chief getting in touch with the public directly? Should serving army men be giving interviews of this nature to the media? No answers."
Well, you and I are sleeping peacefully with the notion that our borders are being protected by our able and well-equipped armed forces. The truth appears to be that we have tanks with no ammunition, special forces that do not have the right equipment, fighter planes dropping out of the sky etc etc. unfortunately, this is not a situation where "what you dont know, will not hurt you" does not apply. It was absolutely right for this entire sordid episode to come out into public domain so that people can ask where our billion dollar defence spendings are going.
"Why did the general not give the complaint in writing?"
Agree on this. The chief should have given a written complaint - in quadruplicate. White copy to the minister, yellow copy for the minister to stamp acknowledgment that he received the white copy, blue copy for army records and pink copy for his personal confidential files. Procedures must be followed.
"Why did his boss (Antony) not pursue the matter further and insist on a written complaint?"
As mentioned above, procedures must be followed. so antony was waiting for white and yellow copies.
"It is beyond belief that someone could walk into the room of a serving chief of army and offer a bribe, unless having complete confidence that he can get away or unless it is common knowledge (in such circles) that there are prior instances of this having happened. Any which way a scary thought. No answers."
Really?? Beyond belief?? After all the "coalition compulsions" related excuses being dished out, you find it beyond belief? Ministers/ministries are being fixed, coffers are being looted, lands are being encroached.... and you find this beyond belief??
"And finally the leaked letter. Who did it? From all accounts it seems that the army was not responsible for this leak. A confidential letter from the chief to the PM in public domain! A field day for the media and politicians. From calling for the chief’s sacking (narrated as casually as asking someone to buy groceries from the neighbourhood store) to Vaylar Ravi accusing the chief of being frustrated, our MPs have not shown the necessary seriousness that this issue required."
Probably the politicians thought thay could use the same tactics as they did for Anna Hazare and Ramdev. Discredit the chief. Ascribe motives. They should probably call him a sanghi - now that he has visited Mata Vaishno Devi's temple.
"And the PM and the DM allowing matters to drift to such an extent."
The PM has let a lot of this drift for a long time. we are bound to be in drift mode till the next elections, whenever they may be.
"All pointers to a deep malaise that needs to be addressed judiciously, firmly and urgently."
I once again, agree. But looking at this government, it's just wishful thinking. My nephew, who goes to first grade, addresses issues more firmly and urgently - and judiciously too.