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Does he own 5 houses? General Kapoor meets Antony
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Army chief Deepak Kapoor on Thursday met Defence Minister AK Antony to
address allegations that he owns expensive properties in and around Delhi
and Mumbai. During the 30-minute meeting at the Defence Ministry in New
Delhi, Kapoor is believed to have told Antony that he welcomed a probe into
allotments and other complaints against the housing society. The Defence
Minister subsequently met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and is believed to
have apprised him on the progress made in the housing scam probe. Last
week, Kapoor said he would surrender his flat in Adarsh Society - a building
in Mumbai's expensive Colaba area that is blowing the lid off a conspiracy
between politicians, bureaucrats and senior Army officers to gift housing to
themselves at huge bargains. Kapoor says he didn't know that the
massively-discounted flat he was allotted in a high-rise in Mumbai was meant
for war widows and veterans. That could be construed as an oddity - Kapoor
did after all serve as Army Chief. Kapoor has been accused of owning a
total of six properties in Mumbai, Gurgaon and Delhi's Dwarka district. In
August, Ambica Banerjee, who is an MP of Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool
Congress, wrote to the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister, asking how
the General afforded these assets. Sources in the Defence Ministry say
Kapoor has told Antony that he welcomes a formal investigation. Banerjee's
formal letter of complaint states that in addition to the now-returned
Adarsh flat, Kapoor owns a flat in Dwarka (a Delhi suburb), three houses in
Gurgaon, and a penthouse in Lokhandwala in Mumbai. (Read: Does General
Kapoor own five houses) Banerjee states that he has no documents to back
these allegations, but that the information was given to him by a source he
describes as a reliable government officer. There's more. Kapoor was
allotted a plot in Gurgaon by the Haryana government in June 2009. Kapoor
paid merely Rs. 36 lakh for it - because Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh
Hooda carved it out of his preferential quota - which allows the Chief
Minister to reward residents who have distinguished themselves through their
service. The rules state that those who are awarded these plots cannot sell
them for five years. But six months after he was given his land, Kapoor
wanted to sell - the plot by now was worth Rs. 1.5 crore. The Haryana
government reportedly refused to permit this. Kapoor told NDTV that he does
not own any property other than the two-bedroom Adarsh Society flat that he
has returned and the Gurgaon plot given to him by Hooda.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/does-he-own-5-houses-general-kapoor-meets-
antony-64471

Need for national defence policy
Essential to protect the country's interests by Rakesh Datta In
post-Independence Indian history, defence policy has never been invoked as a
separate structured framework. Rather it has emerged in various ways by way
of an individual leader's philosophy or as a result of the ruling party's
political creed. Nehru's inability to give a concrete shape to his broad
defence policy for fear of militarisation gave India a policy of
self-defence. While the latter was seen mostly under the shadow of
neutrality or non-alignment, India unfortunately overlooked its basic need
for defence. One significant reason for India suffering major reverses in
most of the battles it has fought has been the poorly conceived policies of
fighting wars. According to Prussian strategic theorist Clausewitz, "Policy
is the womb in which war develops". While India has been striving for a long
time to have a pre-eminent position in regional politics, inadequate defence
planning has led to the country being unable to acquire the requisite
strength to achieve its objectives. Seeing things against the backdrop of
the Chinese military philosophy, which considers the gun as the currency of
power, has also put India in an extremely vulnerable position. We are unable
to put forward any effective strategy to counter the threat. The lack of a
national security strategy has put the Indian military at the receiving end
or making it fight in a knee-jerk manner. In this regard, while the chances
of open war, though its probability is very low, cannot be ruled out, our
long uninterrupted experience of fighting low-intensity conflicts has not
paid any dividend. The U S army and marine, on the other hand, have designed
a counter-insurgency doctrine based on its involvement in Afghanistan and
Iraq. The need for a proper defence policy for the country arises from
considering several long and short-term perspectives in terms of providing
what Walter Lippmann had said — that a nation was secure to the extent it
did not have to sacrifice its core values and, if challenged, it decided to
maintain them by achieving victory. This meant securing a peaceful
environment by fighting terrorism, handling a low-intensity conflict or
political instability in the neighbourhood as well as protecting the
country's frontiers, including having internal security. In this context,
formulating a defence policy as designed by other big powers will not only
give India the strength to deter exploitation by external forces, but also
help understand the strategic environment in the region. It will also help
in taking decisions about the size and shape of our defence forces,
allocating adequate budgetary resources and deciding as to when, where and
how we may use our military power. A clear defence policy and strong
military capability will reinforce our political, diplomatic and economic
power, including reassuring the neighbours of our invulnerability. India is
a rising great power, the second largest democracy and the third largest
economy in the world. So far as our military potential is concerned, the
Indian Army, the Air Force and the Navy occupy the third, fourth and sixth
positions, respectively, in the world. However, such a large force has
merely become a usable commodity rather than holding any deterrent value.
India's acclaimed nuclear weapon capability is being circumvented by our
adversaries. Our 'No First Strike' may be a good political statement, but it
holds no value in military terms, especially when India's immediate
neighbours have a policy contrary to this. Until now no Indian government
has ever released a national security policy for the country. When India
has a maritime policy, a "cold start" strategy for the Army and a clear
doctrine for the IAF, besides the nuclear policy, why is there not a
comprehensive defence policy? In 1985, Narasimha Rao as Defence Minister
had said in Parliament that we did not have a document called national
defence policy, though there were several guidelines linked to that. The
situation has not changed till now. Later in 1990, the then Defence
Secretary had said that there was a document called the Operational
Directive issued to the three Service Chiefs, and it was a fairly
comprehensive paper. According to him, this again does not conform to a
defence policy though efforts have been continuing to have such a document.
The setting up of the National Security Council was one step in the same
direction. He further said it should not be left merely to the Ministry of
Defence or other concerned organizations. Rather we need to discuss the
perceptions and the concept at various forums. Defence planning has been
neglected for long in India. It has led to ad-hocism in decision making,
adversely affecting the modernisation plans of the Services. Consequently,
the military budget has been a smaller share of the GDP. Funds are
surrendered every year for not buying military equipment. The key issue
needing immediate attention is the revival of the five-year defence plan and
better management and acquisition of human and material resources. Unless
we have a broad-based national defence policy — taking into view matters
relating to military planning, issues concerning border management,
international operations, space management, an extended EEZ as well supply
routes for meeting energy resources, internal security and terrorism — the
various agencies like the armed forces executing such plans will remain
devoid of a common reference document. A clear defence policy with strong
military capability will equally reinforce our diplomatic and economic power
to help the country's emergence as a significant global player. India has
been faced with a low-intensity war for a long time. We have been
experiencing terrorist violence since the mid-sixties in the Northeast and
there is no trained force to deal with this kind of threat. The government
is actually clueless about how to deal with Naxalism which, according to the
Prime Minister, is the biggest threat to the country's security. At the same
time, Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai's statement that the Maoist plan to
overthrow the Indian state by 2050 is alarming. According to the Chinese,
nations respect power, and have contempt for the weak. The comprehensive
national power accumulated and projected by China has attracted Nepal,
Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Pakistan in its orbital structure.
Pakistan, on the other hand, is aggressively using sub-conventional warfare
tactics against India. To safeguard our national interest, it is highly
necessary to formulate a defence policy in a structured manner. It will not
only help in reviewing our basic approach towards defence, but also lend the
much-needed credibility to the defence forces, true to the Clausewitzian
dictum that it is the policy that fights a war. n The writer is Professor
and Head, Department of Defence and National Security Studies, Panjab
University, Chandigarh.
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101105/edit.htm#4
ADARSH AOCIETY SCAM Antony briefs PM on probe
Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 4 Indian Defence Minister A K
Antony today reportedly briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the
outcome of the ongoing in-house probe of the Ministry of Defence into the
Adarsh society scam involving senior bureaucrats, defence officers and
politicians. Well placed sources said Antony called on the Prime Minister
at the latter's residence this evening. Just minutes before this meeting
between the Prime Minister and Antony, the beleaguered former Army Chief
General Deepak Kapoor had called on Antony in the latter's South Block
office. Gen Kapoor, who is one of the allottees of an apartment in the
Adarsh Society, had sought time to meet the Defence minister this morning.
The reason why Gen Kapoor called on the Defence Minister at this juncture of
the in-house probe is obvious. The Ministry is set to announce "punitive"
action by Monday and General Kapoor can still be hauled up under the Army
Act. He still falls within the ambit of the Army Act as it allows all
"reprimanding actions" for a period of three years after superannuation.
Another former chief Gen NC Vig and former Naval Chief Admiral Madhvendra
Singh are now beyond the ambit of the Army Act and the Navy Act - which are
both far more severe and swifter that civil laws. Defence Ministry sources
said Kapoor had written to Antony seeking an appointment so that he could
clear the air over the criticism that he and fellow services chiefs had got
flats for themselves in the upscale Colaba housing society, though a part of
it was meant for Kargil widows and martyrs' families. Efforts to reach Gen
Kapoor over his mobile phone for comments proved futile. Kapoor, sources
said, expectedly clarified some points to the Defence Minister. The issue
re-surfaced recently after Western Naval Commander Vice Admiral Sanjeev
Bhasin flagged security concerns over the 31-storey highrise.
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20101105/main6.htm
Ahead of Obama's visit, US imposes sanctions against Pakistan terror groups

NDTV Correspondent, Updated: November 05, 2010 07:59 IST Ads by Google The
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Barack Obama left for his visit to India, the US has slapped sanctions
against Pakistan-based terror groups Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). It has also targeted Lashkar commander Azam Cheema,
who helped trained militants for the 26/11 attacks, and was the mastermind
in the 2006 Mumbai train bombings. The US department of treasury also acted
against Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, head of LeT's political affairs
department, Al Rehmat Trust, an operational front for JeM and Maulana Masood
Azhar Alvi, JeM's founder and leader. The US says it's an important step
in incapacitating the operational and financial networks of these deadly
organisations.
The sanctions ban all transactions with US citizens and companies and
freezes any of the targets' assets under US jurisdiction. India has been
asking the US to prevail upon Pakistan to take tough action against militant
groups operating from its territory. America's move comes just ahead of
Obama's arrival in Mumbai, where he will visit the memorial for 26/11
victims this weekend.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/ahead-of-obamas-visit-us-imposes-sanctions
-against-pakistan-terror-groups-64517

34 warships sent from US for Obama visit
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will, of course, stay in Washington but the heart of the famous building
will move to India when President Barack Obama lands in Mumbai on Saturday.
Communications set-up and nuclear button and majority of the White House
staff will be in India accompanying the President on this three-day visit
that will cover Mumbai and Delhi. He will also be protected by a fleet of
34 warships, including an aircraft carrier, which will patrol the sea lanes
off the Mumbai coast during his two-day stay there beginning Saturday. The
measure has been taken as Mumbai attack in 2008 took place from the sea.
Arrangements have been put in place for emergency evacuation, if needed
Obama is expected to fly by a helicopter -- Marine One -- from the city
airport to the Indian Navy's helibase INS Shikra at Colaba in south Mumbai.
Two jets, armed with advanced communication and security systems, and a
fleet of over 40 cars will be part of Obama's convoy. Around 800 rooms have
been booked for the President and his entourage in Taj Hotel and Hyatt. The
President will have a security ring of American elite Secret Service, which
are tasked to guard the President, along with National Security Guards (NSG)
and personnel from central paramilitary forces and local police in Mumbai
and Delhi. Similar arrangements will be in place in Delhi, with the Air
Force One to be kept in all readiness throughout Obama's stay here from
Sunday afternoon to Tuesday morning. Maurya Hotel, where the President will
stay, has already been swarmed by American security personnel and protective
measures have been put in place. Security drills have already been carried
out at the hotel as well as Rajghat, where he will visit. Sources said 13
heavy-lift aircraft with high-tech equipment, three helicopters and 500 US
security personnel have arrived in India ahead of Obama's visit. The US
security has also brought interception and obstruction device, sniffer dogs,
rescue gadgets. Apart from Obama's Air Force One, a few private luxury jets
carrying top American corporate leaders, who are part of Obama's entourage,
are also expected to arrive in India in the next 2-3 days. All high-rise
buildings in the vicinity of Mumbai's Taj Mahal hotel and Delhi's Maurya
Sheraton hotel, where the US President will stay, are being sanitised and
security personnel will be positioned on rooftops to prevent any air-borne
attack. The Ridge area - opposite Delhi's Maurya Sheraton hotel - has been
illuminated by floodlights as part of the heightened security drill. The
Home Ministry has already issued an alert for Mumbai and Delhi asking
authorities to take extra precautions during Obama's visit as well as on
Diwali on Friday.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/34-warships-sent-from-us-for-obama-visit-6
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Will Obama address 2Ks to win 2Cs
November 4, 2010 posted by Raja Mujtaba · Leave a Comment By Hamid Waheed
Will Obama address 2Ks to win 2Cs Obama and Mich Obama's visit to India
starts at crucial time with lots of speculations and media hype over an
environment of intense mistrust amongst the collation partners on WOT.
Analysts term this visit difficult for diplomacy and crucial for exit
strategy of war in Afghanistan. The challenge is how to avoid the 2Ks
(Kashmir and killings) for giving space to diplomacy with India and at same
time do not compromise on 2Cs (confidence level with collation partners and
control over Afghanistan situation ) which remain pivotal to any future
policy in the region. The Kashmir region discussed by India as a bilateral
issue is divided among three countries in a territorial dispute: Pakistan
controls the northwest portion (Northern Areas and Azad Kashmir), India
controls the central and southern portion (Jammu and Kashmir) and Ladakh,
and China controls the northeastern portion (Aksai Chin and the
Trans-Karakoram Tract). India controls the majority of the Siachen Glacier
area including the Saltoro Ridge passes, whereas Pakistan controls the lower
territory just southwest of the Saltoro Ridge. India controls 101,338 km2
(39,127 sq mi) of the disputed territory, Pakistan 85,846 km2 (33,145 sq mi)
and China, the remaining 37,555 km2 (14,500 sq mi).The denial of visa by
China to an Indian Army's Northern Command Chief Lt General BS Jaswal in a
delegation, saying the officer oversees Jammu and Kashmir which according to
Beijing is a disputed area has added new dimensions to Kashmir in the
region. The HR violations in Indian part of Kashmir which remain under
control of half-a-million Indian soldiers and paramilitaries is now
recognized by world Human rights organizations. Indian writers like Booker
Prize-winning author Arundhati Roy is being charged with sedition over
comments she made about the disputed province of Kashmir she defended by
saying, "I pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice, I
said what millions of people here say every day". The reports confirm of
arrests and violence against ordinary civilians under extra coercive powers
given to Indian army. The Indian Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) report alleges
Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit, a serving officer from the Indian Army
arrested for acts of terror after the 2008 Malegaon Blasts and terrorist
attack on Samjhota Express train in 2007. The report confirms that Purohit
routed funds from Abhinav Bharat Trust, a Hindu nationalist organization.
Former Maharashtra Inspector General of Police S. M. Musharraf writes in his
book, "Who killed Karkare, the Real Face of Terrorism in India" (reference:
page 182).that," all the reports that were available to him suggest that the
Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB) was aware of the attack at least five days
in advance. However, it is strange that they did not pass on this
information to the Mumbai Police". Such reports point fingers at a network
functioning fully backed by elements in Indian military intelligence,
extremist political party, RSS ,IB and RAW. Despite this there are reports
that India is aiming to finalise a $5.8 billion defence agreement with the
United States. This deal along with all potential support services and
spares is the biggest-ever defence deal between the two countries till now,
a senior government official told Reuters. Another official said the actual
announcement could be made during President Obama's visit. Obama will face
these realities in back drop of American law which requires that the United
States should cut off financing and defence deals with foreign militaries
that are found to have committed gross violations of human rights. Obama's
Indian visit with elections waiting at home front will have strategic and
moral implications for both US government and the ruling party. American
image already suffers on moral grounds after Wikileaks and drone attacks
with Philip Alston, the UN' Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions
saying that the drone strikes "might violate international humanitarian law
and international human rights law." The Afghan end game scenario requires
minimizing trust deficit to synergize efforts. Will Obama weigh the logics
or the hawks will prevail will be decided in coming days. Hamid Waheed is a
freelance analyst. His area of focus is International Relations and
Strategic Studies. He contributes to various publications. He writes for
Opinion Maker.
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/11/04/will-obama-address-2ks-to-win-2cs/
Mahindra Satyam to collaborate with Saab to develop its operations in India
Friday, 05 November 2010 Mumbai: Mahindra Satyam will collaborate with
defence and security company Saab to develop its operations in India for the
global defense and homeland security market. "This collaboration is a
strategic step towards synergizing Mahindra Satyam's unique strengths in
mission critical systems, ERP, engineering services, avionics and
integration and Mahindra Systech's manufacturing capabilities and
engineering excellence. This would leverage Saab's expertise in C4I
programs, Network centric warfare, and special IT systems," said Anand
Mahindra, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra Group. On this
collaboration Åke Svensson, President and CEO for Saab said, "We view this
relationship with Mahindra Satyam as a strategic meeting of two highly
skilled teams believing in technical and engineering excellence." One of
the activities under this initiative is that Mahindra Satyam and Saab will
jointly address the Battlefield Management System (BMS) for the Indian Army.
The solution for BMS, proposed by Saab, is field proven and deployed in many
countries. Both parties intend to work together for Indian BMS program and
explore globalization of artefacts co-developed. C P Gurnani, CEO, Mahindra
Satyam and Ake Svensson, also signed a Memorandum of Understanding in this
regard. Mahindra Satyam and Saab have already initiated the setup of a
Centre of Excellence for Network Centric Warfare (CoE – NCW), which will
offer comprehensive skills and a repository of tools, systems, middleware,
integration platforms and system showcases in the field of NCW. This will be
a development centre for mission critical applications and C4I (Command,
Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence) solutions for global
opportunities accessible to either of the partners. The capabilities of the
CoE shall also span in the area of homeland security where focus is planned
on end to end security solutions. In the wake of Indian government's large
investment plans on nationwide security, this CoE's homeland security
expertise shall be targeted towards tapping this high potential market.
"Partnering with SAAB is a further reinforcement of Mahindra Satyam's
commitment to collaborate with market leaders in different segments and this
relationship will jumpstart our foray in mission critical areas of defense.
Our commitment in the domestic market will be reaffirmed by this
collaboration and also set the stage to enter uncharted territories in the
global arena," said C P Gurnani. Saab develops and manufactures the Gripen
combat aircraft, and other operations include command and control,
electronic warfare, sensors, weapons, communications, etc. Today, the
company has operations in several countries in Europe, as well as in South
Africa, Australia and the U.S, and is continuing to expand its business
operations globally. Mahindra Systech, a division of Mahindra & Mahindra,
has developed end to end capabilities in the engineering , design and
manufacture of components for the Automotive Industry. More recently it has
leveraged its unique "Art to Part" model and extended it to the design,
fabrication and assembly of aero-structures (including contract design and
manufacture of small planes for third parties).
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Dirt on my army plate Army silent over use of profits earned through its
canteens
BY Brijesh Pandey Delhi Are army canteens, used by the millions of
defence personnel and their families, a private venture or are do they fall
under the category of government enterprise? Do the crores of profit
generated by these retail canteens fill the army's coffers or should it be
subjected to audit as with any other government ventures? If official
documents available with Tehelka are anything to go by, unit-run canteens or
URCs in defence parlance are purely private ventures and cannot be treated
as an instrument of the state. Thus, they do not even come under the ambit
of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Therefore, an RTI application filed
by Tehelka was unable to prise the information as to how exactly crores of
the profit generated by the canteens are utilised, as the information was
deemed outside public domain. Providing canteen facilities to defence
personnel and their families is obligatory on the part of the government.
For this, the Canteen Stores Department (CSD) was formed in 1948, which act
as a wholesale depot. At present, 34 CSDs purchase goods directly from
manufacturers. From these CSDs, goods are then supplied to approximately
3,600 retail outlets or URCs. The CSDs keep a profit of 2 to 10 per cent on
the goods supplied to URCs, and according to an official record, as on March
31, 2009, the annual turnover of the CSDs was Rs 7,225 crore, and the profit
Rs 300 crore. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India audits
this account of the army. The army deposits 50 per cent of the profits of
the CSDs to the Consolidated Fund of India. Out of the remaining profit, 25
per cent goes back to the CSDs and 25 per cent goes to the armed forces for
welfare activities. This much is clear. It is what happens to the money left
over that is strange. Apparently, while this 25 per cent profit is auditable
in the hands of the CSDs, it becomes non-public fund when it reaches the
armed forces. So practically no one knows how a quarter of the Rs 300 crore
annual profit of the CSD is spent. However, this is a mere drop compared
with the bigger booty generated by the URCs. The armed forces are silent
about this aspect of the canteen business. URCs, with a turnover of Rs 7,600
crore and a profit of Rs 350 crore, are in their entirety categorised as a
private enterprise of the army. Questions like why and how are swept under
the carpet, with one senior officer reasoning, that the army is not
answerable "to anyone regarding private business." Such conduct of the
armed forces raises several uncomfortable questions: 1. When the CSD is a
government entity, how can URCs, its operational arm catering only to
defence personnel, be a private venture? 2. How can URCs be private entities
when almost everywhere it is located inside army establishment and manned by
defence personnel? 3. Why does the army not want to reveal what it does with
the profit from URCs year after year? 4. How and where do the unit
commanders spend this huge profit, worth crores every year? 5. Why are URC
accounts not audited by the either CAG or Controller General of Defence
Accounts (CGDA)? When an RTI application was filed to the CGDA on July 14,
2009, about the maintenance and audit of URC accounts, the answer was
shocking. The CGDA replied, "The profit earned by URCs from selling goods to
customers are not added/ transferred to CSD, as they are run by
regiments/units, and are not susceptible of audit by this office." This is
not all. Tehelka has access to the minutes of the Army Commanders'
Conference held in April 2009, in which it was observed that, "Army
Headquarters have received RTI queries about the status of URCs. It is
clarified that URCs are purely private ventures and are not funded by the
Consolidated Fund of India. Thus URCs do not fall under the purview of RTI
Act and representation." When Tehelka tried to contact the canteen head and
the CAG for their version, they refused to comment on the issue. In times
such as these, when the involvement of top generals in various scams has
already dented the image of the Indian army, silence on matters like the URC
profits can only worsen the already battered image of the armed forces. Are
the mandarins listening?
http://www.tehelka.com/story_main47.asp?filename=Ws041110CONTROVERSY.asp
Adarsh scam has hurt Army's image deeply: Gen V K Singh
Admitting the involvement of some serving and retired officers in the Adarsh
housing society scam, army chief General V K Singh today said the Indian
Army has taken "a beating" due to the scandal. "I am extremely sad and as
an institution we have taken a beating," Gen Singh told journalist Karan
Thapar in the Devil's Advocate programme on CNN-IBN. He said the percentage
of accused officers was "miniscule... but it will have a great amount of
psychological impact" on the force. The general was speaking for the first
time on the controversial residential structure in Mumbai's upscale Colaba
neighbourhood that was originally meant to be a six-storey building housing
Kargil war heroes and widows. But it was surreptitiously converted into a
plush 31-storey building and has over 100 members, including former service
chiefs, and senior serving army officials. The army chief said when "people
look at it the next time and somebody asks for martyrs (for the nation) they
will think the person is asking for martyrs for personal gains". He said
the army will convene its own inquiry into the matter and assured that
nobody would be spared if found guilty. "So far as the army inquiry is
concerned, I will see where the things went wrong... and who were
responsible for that. The army is one body where we don't make deviations
for anybody," he said, adding that the probe report would be made public.
"We don't hide. We will tell people. This will redeem us," he said The
defence ministry has taken a strong note of the involvement of serving and
retired officers in the matter that is "tantamount to impropriety", a source
in the ministry said. Sources in the army headquarters had revealed that
the General Officer Commanding in charge of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa
area would convene the inquiry to look into the role played by various army
officers in the conspiracy. However, action against retired guilty officers
cannot be taken as per the Army Act because a soldier can be summoned to
face proceedings only until the end of three months from his or her
retirement. So, the authorities would have to rely on a civilian probe and
prosecution into the scam for any action against retired officers who are
found guilty.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/622250.aspx
Indo-US self-delusive strategy
Sajjad Shaukat In the second week of November, US President Obama will
visit India in order to sign various agreements with New Delhi. During his
trip, India is likely to ask purchase of C-17 and F35 aircrafts along with
latest defence-related equipments from the US. In this connection, Indo-US
relationship which has strengthened rapidly after the disintegration of the
former Soviet Union is, in fact, based upon self-delusive strategy. Overtly,
India and America are taking steps to further stabilise their ties through
strategic dialogue which were held in the first week of June this year, but
covertly they are fulfilling their self-interests at the cost of each other.
In these terms, while acting upon the 'shrewd strategies' of political
thinkers like Machiavelli and Hobbes, Indo-US alliance is artificial and
unnatural. In the recent past, US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, while
calling India a "rising global power", had disclosed, "US was committed to
the modernisation of India's military and that the US military holds the
maximum number of joint exercises with the Indian Army." Surprisingly, like
Pakistan, the US high officials never imposed any condition on New Delhi
that American military aid will not be used against its neighbour. In fact,
America which signed a nuclear deal with India in 2008, intends to make
India a great power of Asia to contain China and destablise Pakistan as well
as Iran. While Pakistan's province, Balochistan where China has invested
billion of dollars to develop Gwadar seaport which could link Central Asian
trade with rest of the world, irritates both Washington and New Delhi. On
the other hand, China has signed a number of agreements with Pakistan to
help the latter in diverse sectors. It is worth-mentioning that on November
15, last year, Mrs. Clinton had revealed, "We're not interested in staying
in Afghanistan" for a long time. US President Obama has already announced to
start withdrawal of US troops from July 2011. It is notable that India wants
to entrap America permanently in Afghanistan so as to achieve its secret
goals by harming the US interests. If US-led NATO forces withdraw from
Afghanistan, India which has established a number of secret training
facilities in Afghanistan from where well-trained militants along with arms
are being sent to Pakistan to attack the security personnel including
western nationals will not be in a position to maintain them in wake of the
successful guerrilla warfare of the Taliban. New Delhi which has also
increased its military installations in Afghanistan will not be able to
continue its anti-Pakistan activities. In this respect, on September 20,
2009, the then NATO commander, Gen. McChrystal in his report on the Afghan
war admitted: "Indian political and economic influence is increasing in
Afghanistan including significant development efforts…is likely to
exacerbate regional tensions." Definitely, withdrawal of foreign powers
from Afghanistan will roll back Indian clandestine designs. Notably, in
order to keep western presence in Afghanistan, Indian training centres
located there are also being used to target the US-led NATO soldiers with
the sole aim to implicate Islamabad for cross-border-terrorism. For this
purpose, some Muslim religious scholars who are on RAW's payroll are also
working in Afghanistan to impart training to the new recruits who have
joined the ranks and file of the Afghan Taliban to fight against Americans.
However, so crazy in fulfilling its anti-Pakistan aims, New Delhi is silent
particularly over American losses such as cost of war on terror, amounting
seven trillion dollars, increase in defence budget and acute financial
crisis inside the US homeland. It is of particular attention that Pakistan
is the only nuclear country in the Islamic world. Therefore, India and
Israel with the tactical support of America are creating instability in the
country. It is noteworthy that after the elimination of the Cold War,
Hindu-Zionist lobbies had started a propaganda campaign through western
media that China is likely to emerge as superpower of future, which would
especially damage American political and economic interests in Asia.
Although China is a peace-loving country, yet it has become a scapegoat of
India. In this regard, setting aside Indian irresponsible record of
non-proliferation, American pressure on the International Atomic Agency
(IAEA) to sign an accord of specific safeguards with India, permitting the
latter to obtain nuclear equipments from the west, ignorance of the safety
of Indian atomic weapons including cases of smuggling and theft, deviation
of Obama from his earlier commitments to encourage India and Pakistan to
ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and resolve the Kashmir
problem, negligence of human rights violation in the Indian-held Kashmir and
Hindu terrorism including assaults on Christians and churches might be cited
as example. In the near future, Indians will face the fallout of the ongoing
war in Afghanistan, which its secret agency, RAW has been sponsoring with
the aid of American CIA and Israeli Mossad. Indian ambition of becoming a
superpower will also prove a dream as non-state actors who are present
almost in every South Asian state are likely to destabilise the country
where these forces have already been fighting movements of separatism in
more than six states. Although Indian rulers have launched propaganda that
new terror-attacks inside India are being planned in Pakistan, yet by
following Machiavellian diplomacy, RAW itself will prepare that
terror-incident in order to implicate Islamabad. India wants to extract
maximum benefits not only from America, but also from Russia, Germany and
other major powers from whom it is already getting latest arms and
ammunition. In this connection, New Delhi will play an opportunist role,
which Italy had already played with some European powers before the outbreak
of the World War 1. It is a historical fact, that from 1902 to 1914, having
foot in two camps, Italy which had joined the Triple Alliance, pledging
support to Germany and Austria also signed pacts with France and Great
Britain-powers of the Triple Entente. Although, through a five-year
agreement, Italy had strongly assured German Chancellor Bismarck to support
his country, but when the greater war actually started, Italy did not join
it. Same is true in case of India which is acting upon diplomacy of deceit
regarding the United States. In these terms, Americans must keep in mind
that India is the most opportunist ally. Indian Hindus are followers of
Chanakya whereas Americans are mostly candid and outspoken. Furthermore,
biological make up, historical background and religious beliefs which have
formed the habits and national character of Hindus are quite different from
the Christians. Indians still have a strong belief in the superiority of
their race. These facts have been verified by the misdeeds of Hindu
fundamentalist parties like the BJP, RSS, VHP, Shiv Sina and Bajrang Dal
which have missed no opportunity to communalise national politics of India.
Nonetheless, under the pretext of using terrorism so as to malign Pakistan
and thwart the progress of China, Indo-US new alliance is based upon
self-delusive strategy.
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