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Half truths or half measures?

Apropos of Vir Sanghvi’s article Shameful naval-gazers (December 4), ever since the Admiral Sureesh Mehta led Chiefs-of-staff committee presented its reservations about the unacceptable recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, the bureaucracy-sponsored media has been targeting the upright admiral.

india Updated: Dec 05, 2008 22:33 IST

Apropos of Vir Sanghvi’s article Shameful naval-gazers (December 4), ever since the Admiral Sureesh Mehta led Chiefs-of-staff committee presented its reservations about the unacceptable recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, the bureaucracy-sponsored media has been targeting the upright admiral. The factual credibility of the article by Sanghvi is suspect, as he finds no fault with the bureaucracy and intelligence agencies and has solely targeted Admiral Mehta. How can the media decide whether R&AW’s claim is right as opposed to the Navy’s, till the same is decided by a court of enquiry.

Anmol soni, Delhi

II

It seems that certain big ‘bangs’ do affect the mind and memory of some people, as in the case of the Mumbai attack, which has affected the memory of some ministers who are claiming that the intelligence report of a terrorist attack through sea was not in their knowledge. The Naval Chief can’t, however, be expected to wait for intelligence output when our maritime territory is being used by terrorists. It is a full-fledged invasion of our waters and the Navy has miserably failed to take any action to avert this, and is, therefore, equally responsible for the 26/11 lapses. A press conference to claim otherwise is futile.

RC Mehta, via email

III

With reference to Vir Sanghvi’s comments, the 26/11 attack was a result of our complacent attitude towards taking action on intelligence inputs. Further, our meagre naval and coast guard capabilities preclude effective patrolling of our long coastlines. The boosting of naval resources needs immediate consideration if terrorist attacks from sea are to be appropriately dealt with. The comments made about the naval chief and naval leadership are unwarranted and will only lower the morale of our defence forces.

Onkar Nath Saxena, Noida

IV

Vir Sanghvi’s centre piece bashing the armed forces was disgusting at best and malicious at worst. Pointing a finger at the Naval Chief in a poorly researched article was most unbecoming of a journalist of his stature. Even assuming that there is an iota of truth in the figment of his not so fertile imagination, does he think he has done any good to the morale of our troops at a time of national crisis ? Also, should he not, in the same vein, be asking for resignations from the top bureaucrats who advise the politicians ?

Ramachandran Mahesh, Delhi

Time to hear the citizen’s voice

Apropos of Sharmila Tagore’s article Sit down for your rights (December 5), while everyone in the country is taking the opportunity to blame the politicians for the Mumbai terror attacks, it was heartening to read her cool-headed comments. There is certainly a need to bring to light the ineptitude that has become evident after the Mumbai attacks in every sphere of governance. Since the national elections are around the corner, the idea of compiling a citizens’ manifesto, taking a cue from Bengaluru and engaging each candidate with vital issues affecting the people, seems to be in order to bring about a viable and meaningful partnership between society and political representatives to make them more accountable.

K Venkataraman, Delhi

Let us patiently pressure Pak

It cannot be gainsaid that terror groups are operating in Pakistan openly. Hence the correct strategy for India would be to build an international coalition to help Pakistan tackle terrorist groups within its borders as the civilian government is unable to do so. Hence establishing an international force to root out terrorist bases in Pakistan would be the proper strategy, which would of course, require a complex and patient diplomacy and provide a viable alternative to an all-out and premature Indo-Pak war.

RN Lakhotia, Delhi