Vivek K wrote:a) IA's treatment of the Arjun - the Arjun beat the T-90 in IA's "rigged trials", yet the IA ordered a 1000 more T-90s and effectively killed the Arjun.
b) Recent corruption charge against the retd IAF chief shows that the forces are clearly susceptible to "influencers". (Yatha Raja, tatha Praja type conclusion from this is natural to be drawn)
c) The inglorious Marut saga which is the direction that the IAF HAS sent the LCA to.
d) Statements from IAF chief of no Plan B - points to single minded focus on imports
e) Calling imported aircraft proven - was the SU-30 even an existing aircraft when ordered? Was there a risk that the plans would not even materialize? How proven is the Rafale - one war and it is proven? How do you "prove" an aircraft - do test flights, weaponization trials not help prove the aircraft? What we have read in the open domain and learnt from BRF interactions with pilots/HAL at Air India expos is that the LCA is at least as good as the M2K if not better.
These facts do not actually nail any single guilty party - particularly because a host of unrelated examples cannot prove anything in this particular case.
The fact that our nation is full of disruptors should also suggest that there could be many entities responsible for the mess. With respect may I point out that the fact of gau rakshaks and lynched Muslims does not prove that all Hindus support terrorism. These facts can be used to smear and paint, but not prove.
Of course people are free to blame anyone - including the air force - but I do want to point out that hitting out at the wrong but convenient bystander can be disastrous. I don't know if you have access to day to day news from India but a month or so ago a 5 year old boy was murdered in a school toilet in Delhi. The police moved rapidly and arrested a school driver who was in the area who is said to have sexually assaulted and slit the boy's throat. Within weeks it turned out that the boy had been murdered by a 11th std student aged 16 who had a history of anger management issues and who wanted the exams postponed. That is what I mean by jumping at the most obvious target.