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...Cry havoc!And let slip the dogs of war!” exclaims Mark Antony at the funeral of Julius Caesar in an attempt to rouse feelings against the assassins and incite violence across Italy.While anguish over the loss of 18 jawans killed in the Uri terror strike was understandable, the sub-continental “dogs of war” were surely straining at their leashes in its aftermath, as our TV studios aired shrill, blood-curdling and often maniacal tirades, demanding instant revenge for the dawn attack on the Indian army camp.The cacophony having subsided somewhat, one can hear oneself think.While participants in TV talk-shows speak in their individual capacities and carry no responsibility, even prominent public functionaries did not pause before making utterances which can only be described as provocative and “war-mongering”. ...Indian Express on Sept. 26, 2016, 12:04 a.m.
... In the famous words of Ian Fleming’s creation, Goldfinger, “Once is happenstance.Twice is coincidence.Three times is enemy action”.Given the serial abortion (or sabotage) of every significant Indian defence hardware contract, starting with the Bofors 155 mm gun and HDW submarine contracts in the 1980s, it is, perhaps, time to get a bit paranoid and consider the likelihood of “enemy action” being at the root of such occurrences.After all, what better way could there be for adversaries to disarm and neutralise India’s armed forces than by arranging to scuttle their modernisation plans for three decades running.This would be entirely in consonance with Master Sun Tzu’s adage that, “To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill”. ...Indian Express on Aug. 29, 2016, 12:02 a.m.
...Antony commissioned the giant aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, marking the culmination of a 13-year-old saga.It was in October 2000 that the Russian aircraft-carrying cruiser, Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Gorshkov, was "gifted" to India under an inter-governmental agreement.The Indian government finally gave its approval for repair and modernisation of the ship in January 2004.Designated "Project 11430", according to Russian custom, the ship was handed over to the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk in April 2004, so that the process could start.The ship had to be converted from an aviation-cruiser used for vertical take-off and landing to an aircraft carrier capable of launching and recovering supersonic fighters in the catapult assisted take-off but arrested recovery mode.Operating MiG-29K fighters from the ship meant that several facilities and electronic aids had to be added for surveillance and control. ...Indian Express on Nov. 18, 2013, 1:27 a.m.
...Pleasure seekers might find more appropriate places than Edwin Lutyens' grand central avenue, leading from India Gate to the elegant Rashtrapati Bhavan, with the imposing North and South Blocks guarding its flanks.The civilised world's capitals are replete with heroic statues of soldiers, with squares and avenues named after generals, admirals and famous battles.In India, we mostly celebrate politicians, along with a few saints, film stars and cricketers.But soldiers seem to be anathema.It is worth asking whether the Delhi CM would have opposed a memorial to a politician or religious figure on the grounds that it would be a hindrance to people's enjoyment or that it would spoil the environment.Ever since Independence, the Indian politico-bureaucratic establishment has typically regarded its soldiers, sailors and airmen with a certain disdain. ...Indian Express on April 23, 2013, 1:15 a.m.