Katare wrote:Unfaire comments on AK and Anil Chowdhry....
More capital budget, both absolute and % of total, has been spent by AK than any DM in the last decade. So these charges of inactions has been overdone at BRF/media, although a case for more aggressive procurement can be made but that will come at risk of some yahoo pulling another scandal and shutting down entire procurement process.
Showing off military might on republic day by parading missiles, tanks and guns is a Russian led eastern block culture thing that was started to scare off weatern world. It is still practised to extream degree by nut cases like Kim jong il/un of NoKO. There is a good case for slowly mooving away from naked military might show-off to more of a democratic celebration, veterans parade, limited domestic MIC display type formate that dipicts image of a confidant nation.
Although I think armed forces might loose a good and rare opportunity to show off and educate aam janta about its capabilities but that can be done on a separate armed forces day.
The Indian armed forces are an integral part of the consciousness of the modern Indian republic. There is nothing undemocratic about a military parade. No need for angst here.
The Republic Day parade is a very old Indian tradition, and comparisons with North Korea are unwarranted, unacceptable and utterly odious.
Eklvya, Just like your name your focus is very sharp but you are missing the larger point that my post refers too. One must make arguments with some degree of fairness for informed discussion. Exaggeration and ruthlessness only vitiates environment and hides the weakness of the argument.
As a loyal jingo, I am all for armed forces getting their due and having major role in all national celebrations and more. But that doesn't stop me from understanding and seeing Anil Chowdhry's point or where he is going with it and calling him anti-armed forces doesn't make me any more pro-armed forces. Calling anyone who won't agree with BRF POV a traitor, ant-something, lifafa and dork has become a contagious sickness these days. It's convenient way of ignoring (not addressing) the counter POV by calling them names unworthy of discussion.
Same thing happens with AK, who is an inefficient, lathergic and uninspiring DM but he is also most honest, sobre and consistent of DMs. His performance falls well short of Jingo standards but he lives and works in a real and vicious political world where most jingos won't even go to take a crap even in an emergency.
My post was about 'not' degrading the quality of good arguments by exaggeration, unfair name callings and unneccessory sarcasm. It was not to support anyone's point. We all are jingos here lets not fight the war of "more pious vs pious" rakshaks.
May be I shouldn't have brought in NoKO on republic day parade, point conceded.