Picklu wrote:More disturbing is the fact that wrongdoing in the army are not being redressed even after given opertunities in its own eminent domain and being corrected from outside. Gives a lot of ammo against the institution to question its judgement in every decision from the human rights to arms acquisition.
I've been resisting the urge the respond to a lot of these "Bash the Army" posts up until now. What "human rights" issue are you talking about? Second what do you mean by "eminent domain"? The armed forces tribunal is supposed to be what? An international org foisted from outside? What "correction from outside"?
As is apparent from many of the posts people don't need reasons to question the Army's judgement. I wonder how many people have spoken to service officers about contentious arms acquisition issues? When the Army inducts indigenous SAMs and helicopters not a peep is heard. Not induct a tank and suddenly all hell breaks loose. Seems too often that in their grandiose pursuits of self sufficiency people don't seem to care about the end user who use said equipment and whose lives depends on it.
Outside does not mean international. One example, how the defense minister has to intervene for Sukna Land scam. And in this case also it is clear from the article that there is still a lot way to go to rectify the wrong that was done. That too when it is already 11 years past.
It is perfectly acceptable for me to speak out against the striking unions of AI employees or BSNL linemen or OFB workmen union even though I belong to neither of them. However the moment i say anything against military for some equally valid reason, I am told by someone more militant than military itself that I can not comment since I have not stood guard in a border post and hence my idea of right and wrong does not count.
I do not mind the opposition itself, that is in fact welcome for a healthy debate. However what gets my goat is the attempt to muzzle me (the excuse being I am a civilian and hence not knowledgeable enough to comment) and shut me out from the debate itself.
Obviously I am not going to buy that argument. Whether military is a calling or not, whether they are the least corrupt or not, whether they did the correct thing about the indigenous SAM or not, it still does not give them the right to be obtuse about the indigenous tank for petty ego where nation's well being is concerned.
It is not just DRDO that is loosing a little H&D. It is me, the mango tax payer, that is loosing each and every paisa that is being paid as IP value add to Rodina.
No, being a selfish and self centered person, I am not going to talk about the loss of life due to the wonderful safety records of the tincan series because that does not affect me personally today even though it is a more "politically correct" debating point.
I am going to shout where it hits me personally and that is my pocket and I am going to question it here in this forum (because it is about Indian Military) whether that hit is really necessary or not.
Regarding bash the army comment, I being the mango tax payer have every right to criticize them if they are not up to my satisfaction because I am the sole reason of existence for them. After all they use the same logic while criticizing DRDO, so it must be right, isn't it?