Navy in a Mess

India Today - - MAIL -

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

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