Navy in a Mess
It was a sad day for the naval forces when their chief D.K. Joshi had to resign, and worse still, the resignation readily accepted by the Defence Minister and the Prime Minister (“Choppy Seas Ahead”, March 10). It just goes to show the poor relationship that the Forces and their political masters share. Doesn’t Defence Minister A.K. Antony also owe some moral responsibility in these cases where there have been a series of accidents in our ships? By resigning, the naval chief has displayed the highest traditions of leadership ethos—taking moral responsibility for his command. It has to be emulated by politicians and bureaucrats.
R.D. SINGH, Ambala Resignation of the navy chief or even the Defence Minister will not solve the problems Indian navy is saddle with. Tackling the problems head-on can bring our seamen back from the rough sea they are in. The need of the hour is to modernise our navy, badly gasping for cutting-edge warships and sophisticated equipment. The defence minister is under obligation to create a political will to achieve this aim. K. PATHAK, via email