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Faulty Defence Planning: Why should armed forces suffer because of incompetent policymakers?
Thanks to the Babus straddling the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and playing the game of General General without knowing anything about the matters of military and the Saint do nothing. During the tenure of Congress's AK Antony as defence minister in UPA's regime, which ruled the country for last one decade, we bought from Russia the 45500 ton Aircraft Career which joined the service with Indian Navy in Nov 2013 at the cost of 2.23 Billion Dollars.
We then bought 45 MIG 29 K fighter aircrafts from Russia for 2 Billion Dollars to operate from its deck. Lo and behold this costliest weapon platform in service for last one year plus till date had no integral air defence protection despite the Navy crying hoarse. It is only now that Barrack 1 missiles are being mounted that also after cannibalising the same from Indian Navy Frigate INS Godavari.

This just gives an idea how the adhocism besets this country. The problem lies with the higher Indian defence management system where these Babus (bureaucrats) and Netas (political leaders) have kept the three service headquarters separate from MOD by feeding the fear to the leaders that if army is not kept under tight leash meaning Babu control they will do the coup. PMs like Nehru liked this tune of babus.

It is only now the Defence minister Manohar Parrikar has said that within three months he will install the Chief of defence staff system sanctioned since 2003.

It is not just Navy suffering, the Indian air force which has a sanctioned strength of 45 Squadrons are down to just 34 squadrons, just two more than Pakistan for lack of fighter aircrafts and Indian Army has not inducted any artillery gun since 1986.

The big question is why these Netas and babus who have brought the Indian armed forces to this dire straight be allowed to get away. Why no accountability is fixed in our democracy on these people? Why should armed forces suffer because of these incompetent people? 

Need of the hour is for the Indian public to get more concerned about the security of the country and not leave this important issue to these self serving Netas and Babus.

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