All at Sea
The explosion in INS
Sindhurakshak along with various other disclosures pertaining to the Indian Navy shows how dismal the country’s defence preparedness is (“That Sinking Feeling”, August 26). It seems that in the absence of adequate indigenous facilities for defence production, including warship construction, India has to depend on foreign suppliers. That has its limitations like middleman corruption and delay in supply which ultimately affect the efficiency of the naval services. We must improve indigenous facilities so that it the Indian Navy can become self- sufficient and not depend on outside help.
RANJIT SINHA, Kolkata In 2006, the then president APJ Abdul Kalam, the supreme commander of the Indian armed forces, proudly rode the INS Sindhurakshak. Today, the same submarine lies stricken at the Mumbai dockyard. The Indian Navy has to refine its standard operating procedures in dealing with arms and ammunition. It also needs to practice its mobilisation schemes realistically and sharpen its crisis management drills.
R. D. SINGH, Ambala