NRao wrote:For what? Collecting dust?
Defence is such a bad word in India right now (due to various corruption scandals) that no minister wants that portfolio. So who do they dump it on? Self avowed saints like A K Antony and George Fernandes. They live in such utopian/Gandhian worlds that the MoD is the safest place to put them. They trumpet the transparency of the government in front of the nation, while the other ministers take in the loot. The problem with such folks is that strategic vision does not exist. They only see the short term goals (which is their own re-election and nothing to do with India's armed forces), while long term thinking is a concept that never enters their mind.
A K Antony is reputed to have said that even the slightest sign of impropriety in any defence deal, will lead to cancellation of the tender and will even offer his own resignation to prove his innocence. George Fernandes was no different. Does the cancellation of defence deals sound familiar? Because it should...here is a short list (a couple that came to mind);
- HDW submarine deal...more were to be built...never happened due to a scandal.
- Bofors Howitzer...need I say more?
Now just imagine (and this will likely happen...ACM P V Naik's words will be prophetic!) if this happens to the MMRCA.
The loser is us...the people of India. And the real loss is our men & women in uniform who have to fight with sub-standard equipment and lose their lives as a result! All because politicians and babus in New Delhi want all the power of governance, but none of the responsibility that comes with it.
P.S. Ideology aside, George Fernandes is not keeping well. I heard he has Alzheimer's and
Parkinson's and is on a downhill slide. It is just a matter of when he passes away now. Regardless of what he did in his political career, sad to see that happen to him.