Depleting Force, Depleting Confidence

Armed Forces are in the news for wrong reasons. And that is very unfortunate. I think we Indians value only two institutions in this country – The Supreme Court and The Armed Forces.

Police are made fun of in movies, but nobody takes a dig at these two institutions. They remain our greatest hope.

Three disturbing developments:
1. Last week we heard the TV channels shouting hoarse about depleted force of Indian Navy. The news report says that Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its report released on Friday said that the submarine fleet is ageing and by 2012, 63 percent of the vessels would have completed their operational life.
2. We heard in the last two days that two retired Army officers were being questioned for their role in Malegaon and Modasa bomb blasts.
3. We have heard last month that the Armed Forces were not happy with Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations. A committee headed by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is formed. The committee will also have Defence Minister AK Anthony and Finance Minister P Chidambaram as its members. The proposed committee will look into the grievances of the Armed Forces related to the remuneration being offered to them in the Sixth Pay Commission.

It is time for us to realise that something is going wrong, terribly wrong! Is someone listening in Delhi?