Back to the letter ,"top secret" to the PM.It was written after Gen.VKS was shafted by the GOI/MOD over the issue of his DOB and smacks of revenge.It must be ascertained how many times the good general brought up these very same points with his DM and the PM earlier,not at the fag end of his tenure as chief,when a chief is generally in the throes of organising matters relating to his retirement .The delays and obfuscating of critical needs of the services are too well known and have been for many years.What gen.VKS should've done,perhaps he did and one hopes so,is to have written to the PM right after assuming office,well knowing the time it takes to get decisions relating to defence in India.
You talk about "revenge" so much I have to wonder if you're living in a Hindi movie of the 70s. I find it absurd that everyone spends more time discussing "Kisne kisse kaha, kab kaha aur kyun kaha" as my 10th std Hindi book would put it instead of wondering if the contents are true and if so what the implications are. If the critical needs of the services are so well known then the real question worth asking is why the manufactured storm of indignation at its revelation? Why are you so busy questioning the timing when we'd be better served questioning what happens next to those things in the letter.
Look,I have no grouse or axe to grind with with Gen.VKS. I am being objective. There are many retd. generals,air marshals and admirals,etc. who feel that Gen. VKS was wrong in his tactics in pursuing his issue with the GOI. I feel that his judgement was wrong at crucial times on the DOB issue,he has also displayed a sense of naivety ,and he was the first to take his "personal issue" to the media. It is quite evident that as said before,like Samson,he is making use of his last days in office to fire salvoes at his enemies.I felt was wrong.On the issue of rooting out corruption there is no question that it is sorely needed esp. under the UPA-2 regime which in the famous words of Edmund Burke,"for evil to flourish it is only neccessary for good men to do nothing",as our twp honourable ,upright,pure,incorruptible souls,Dr.Singh and St.Anthony have done!
I wonder, do you read what you write? You quote Burke but go around questioning motives when the "good mean" actually do something. I mean at least read the bloody preceding sentence in the same paragraph. If I was in the General's place I'd do exactly the same. Use my office to do the best I can for my men and as I leave try and take down as much of the corrupt edifice as I can and give my men and country a better chance for the future. It would have been extraordinarily stupid for someone to commit political suicide early in their term. I don't know what the problem with this country is. We like moaning about problems but when someone speaks up about it, we only moan some more. Maybe we're too used to story book heroes and don't recognize real life good people when we see them. Seriously what kind of moron would I look if I pointed out the problems with my job when I first got it? My manager would tell me to shove off. Only a politician starts by listing all the reasons why nothing can be done.