Although I am an old reader and admirer of SouthAsia, I liked its December 2013 issue for one reason: it stayed away from the hype and mystery created around the appointment of the new army chief. While the magazine dedicated one of its past issues to this subject, but that was that! After that one issue, there were no lengthy articles analyzing the eating and smoking habits of potential candidates or exclusive pieces by know-it-all writers who, using their anonymous inside sources, tried to
establish who was most likely to get the coveted post and why. In Indian newspapers, the coverage of the retirement of an army chief and the appointment of a new one is restricted to one, or at the most two, front page stories. I wonder why we give so much importance to an issue which should be a routine matter.