Antony’s Tale of Woe

India Today - - MAIL -

Even though fa­tal ac­ci­dents on war­ships are be­com­ing too fre­quent and warn­ings have been given by chiefs of Army, Air­force and Navy from time to time for upgra­da­tion and mod­erni­sa­tion of de­fence ar­ma­ments, De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony did noth­ing dur­ing his seven-year stint to bring the much-needed re­forms (“The Worst De­fence Min­is­ter Ever”, March 17). By fail­ing to re­place the age­ing and sub-stan­dard ar­ma­ments and by be­ing un­able to fill up va­can­cies with skilled man­power, Antony has not only jeop­ar­dised the coun­try’s de­fence but also en­dan­gered the lives of en­gi­neer­ing of­fi­cers and oth­ers work­ing on board the war­ships. K.R. SRINIVASAN, Se­cun­der­abad It is ab­so­lutely un­fair and un­just to la­bel A.K Antony as the “worst de­fence min­is­ter ever”. Dur­ing his ten­ure, Antony has en­sured that the coun­try’s de­fence ca­pa­bil­ity and mod­erni­sa­tion of armed forces do not suf­fer. MBT Ar­jun, LCA Te­jas, C-130J Su­per Her­cules, INS Vikra­ma­ditya, INS Arihant are but a few ex­am­ples of In­dia arm­ing it­self to the teeth. Agni 5 and a new moun­tain strike corps will be the big­gest guar­an­tor of peace on the east­ern bor­der. Both serv­ing soldiers and exser­vice­men en­joy a much bet­ter qual­ity of life to­day. The One Rank One Pen­sion for ex-ser­vice­men, in fact, speaks vol­umes of Antony’s per­for­mance as a de­fence min­is­ter. Capt PRAVEEN DAVAR, Delhi A.K. Antony has, in a way, stabbed the soldiers in their back by be­ing blind to the needs of the Armed Forces and thereby ex­pos­ing them to ad­verse work­ing en­vi­ron­ment and also to the risk as­so­ci­ated in car­ry­ing out their du­ties. NAREN­DRA BEHL, via email

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