Two months after the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8, the Army has returned in strength to South Kashmir, the core centre of the recent street turbulence, and has been tasked to restore the situation.
The major lesson to be drawn from the Scorpene episode is, once again, the old one of preserving national security in a cultural and socio-politico environment which accepts bribery, corruption and even treachery as normal business processes.
After more than a decade of discussions on the topic, on 29 August, the Indian minister of defence and US secretary of defence signed an agreement on the provision of military logistics services.
Unlike the country’s air and land forces, the Indian Navy did not have any significant French connection till 2002, when protracted negotiations between New Delhi and Paris ultimately led to the October 6, 2005 contract for the licensed production of six French DCNS submarines at Mumbai’s Mazagon Docks.
Given the nature of what’s been brought into the public domain, and if the leaked material does indeed give away sensitive classified data, it is a moot point whether INS Kalvari is worth having now even if China and Pakistan haven’t yet got hold of the data that is being passed from hand to hand for a price.
India has suffered collateral damage while companies and countries played a vicious zero-sum game. The purpose behind the leakage of operational data was to influence Australian opinion about the inability of the French consortium to hold on to secrets about their products.
As part of the last Cabinet reshuffle, the erstwhile minister of state for defence was shifted to another ministry. At the time, media reports had suggested that the reason was his involvement in a major row during a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by the Raksha Mantri. He had reportedly blamed members of the Army and the defence acquisition wing for an unfair carbine selection leading to a single vendor, which was an Israeli company, and battled for the inclusion of a second vendor, even suggesting a CBI probe into the matter.
Nearly three decades after National Security Guard came into being, the war scenario and tactics have changed across the globe. As the toughest fighting force of the country prepares its men for any kind of battle, anywhere in the world, The Tribune gets rare access to his ‘holy land’ in Manesar(Haryana). Here, men challenge themselves before they are made to take on the enemy.
It will be a mistake to increase the Army’s role in tackling the Kashmir unrest.
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