Former navy chief DK Joshi resigned from his post owning responsibility of continuing submarine-accidents. But responsibility should be owned by political rulers of different regimes who took decision to purchase old, outdated and obsolete submarines and warships for the navy.
is significant that successive Union governments of UPA and NDA
regimes became part of decision-taken process for such purchases
mainly from Russia by endorsing periodic upward price-revisions and
delayed delivery-schedules like it has been in the case of recently
acquired decades-old aircraft-carrier Admiral
(rechristened INS Vikramaditya
when lots of technical difficulties including engine-failure were
faced in bringing the super-costly and obsolete 'white-elephant' from
Russia to India.
recently Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) of India
concern on shocking purchase of T-90 non-air-conditioned tanks that
too from Russia.
is significant that the opposition which raised so much hue and cry
on purchase of world's best Bofors guns, has been surprisingly silent
on all such controversial defence-deals made from Russia. Silence of
opposition on such controversial defence-deals is worth questioning.
Wednesday Navy's submarine INS Sindhuratna, a Russian-origin Kilo
Class submarine , met a with an accident off the coast of Mumbai,
which resulted into the death of two Navy officers while at least
seven other soldiers got injured. There were 80 navy men on board
when this mishap took place.
a similar mishap August last year a fire broke out on board submarine
INS Sidhurakshak, killing 18 soldiers on board. It was considered as
one of the worst accidents in Navy.
This article is categorized under
Opinion Section. The views expressed in this article are solely
those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of
merinews.com. In case you have a opposing view, please click
to share the same in the comments section.