With reference to the report by Rahul Singh, Ex-air chief says army botched Kargil (October 7), in a letter dated July 7, 1999 (Air HQ/15042/CAS), Air Chief Marshal AY Tipnis had written to me: “The whole nation has been witness to the courage, tenacity and single-minded devotion of our army officers and jawans at Kargil. All personnel of the Air Force join me in applauding the indomitable spirit of our army. We are happy that we were able to contribute to the joint effort… We salute our brave comrades-in-arms of the Indian Army who have fought so valiantly and set a shining example of self-sacrifice in the cause of our Motherland.”
In a letter dated July 10, 1999 (A/00043/1/COAS), I had replied to Tipnis, “… these successes could not have been achieved but for our Air Force having jointly performed with equal valour and commitment in complete coordination. The success in the operations is therefore attributable to our synergised joint effort.”
In my book, Kargil: From Surprise to Victory, I had written in detail how the war was not between the Army and Air Force but between India and Pakistan. I reiterate that the three services worked jointly to achieve the victory.
Former Chief of Army Staff, Panchkula, Haryana
Ban child labour
Apropos of the editorial Labour pains (October 11), the main factor behind child labour is the poverty of the parents and failure of the school system. Had the public schools and mid-day meal scheme worked properly, children would not have been labouring in factories, homes and dhabas. Along with raiding factories, schools should be raided to see how poorly the mid-day meal scheme is implemented.
The ban on child labour is a welcome move. But the question is: how will the age of the child be ascertained and who will enforce the law? The government needs to monitor the actions taken against the offenders violating the legislation.
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