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Should Defence Minister also be held accountable and resign as the Naval chief did?
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Looming military breakdown

In a nation where instances of admission of individual responsibility are depressingly rare, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral D.K. Joshi’s resignation following the tragic accident on INS Sindhura...

Why are people giving the navy a free pass. So the theory is that all
these accidents are due to equipment failure?
Has someone for a moment thought this is due to incompetence on part
of the entire system. Equipment fails when there is no procedure to
maintain and operate it. It also fails when untrained people do it.
Now, national pride may say otherwise but this submarine was not a
relic from the 2nd world war. It was 30 years old. Look at the spate
of crashes the Air Force faced with 20-30 year old aircraft. If you
think equipment age is a factor, the US Air Force has been operating
50 year old B-52 aircraft and intends to operate them for another 30

Moral responsibility is a good start but competence would be better.

from:  Rahul Garg
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 18:19 IST

The action of the Chief of the Navy Staff is commendable. The
resignation will serve some purpose only if it results in opening the eyes
of the Govt and taking realistic and time bound programme for ensuring
full preparedness of the military equipment and safety of the noble

from:  K R MOHAN
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 10:19 IST

is the voting specifically motivated.i fail to see a reason why the
minister should not resign.

from:  ashish
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 09:43 IST

Government of India is responsible especially(Ministry of defense)by not
allotting sufficient funds in budget so that navy could not changed aged
batteries which were evaluating excessive hydrogen,also commanding in
chief who might have pressurized the flag officer submarine to send
submarine at sea.Also the electrical officers and sailors must be
examined for there profession knowledge why they allowed the hydrogen
level to increase to dangerous point.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 09:17 IST

Antony doesn't deserve to be the DEFENSE minister by any means. He never
was capable as a chief minister or any other portfolio's he has ever
held, a man of inaction a true chamcha of Sonia he doesn't deserve any
virtue of non-corrupt because of his inaction's. He should resign,
anyway its a matter of days we have to bear these bunch of Dacoits.

from:  Somu Nair
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 08:05 IST

Lack of funds is a issue related to national growth and development.
Accident occurred due to lack of monetary support for defence
establishments. It is nothing to do with the defence minister.

from:  Amit Kumar pawan
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 07:30 IST

This is not the first issue. Helicopter purchase, Date of Birth controversy of a Generl etc the administrative capabilities of Antony. He must resign and own responsibility.

from:  R S Murthy
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 06:47 IST

The problem lies with the system. If the kilo class Russian-made subs
have completed their life in 2013 then why are they still functioning?
Why don't we replace them at the first place?
The huge defense budget we pass every year and buy fancy US weapon
systems. Why don't we prioritize the spending of these funds? Why
don't we put our soldiers' life about those fancy items? Why don't we
convict the policy makers for such incidents? Why do always the
soldiers suffer due to the miscalculations of the policy makers? Why
do all the things in defense sector happens in the dark?
Merely resigning from the posts or transferring the bureaucrats is not
the solution to these problems.

from:  Anirudh
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 05:00 IST

Navy Chief's resignation has indicated that there are still people in India who go with the mores. Repeated incidents in Navy is a cause of concern. A.K Antony though maintains a clean image, being a defence minister, has not hastened the process of modernization of the armed forces. Also, the policies of defence procurement are still vague. The procurement policy's goal post keep shifting as per the situation or politics in the country. This acts as a hindrance in expediting the procurement process. The MMRCA deal, Agusta deal are case in point.
Infact, A.K Antony should have been the first to resign as these issues stem out from his own den.

from:  levin
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 02:40 IST

cabinet delay in action led to defence people dealth.

from:  ankit
Posted on: Feb 28, 2014 at 19:11 IST

Responsibility owned by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral D.K. Joshi’s is commendable.Since minister is responsible to Parliament for the act coming under his ministry, defence minsiter should also step down in the wake of incidents happened in the recent past.

from:  Rajiv
Posted on: Feb 28, 2014 at 16:45 IST

We must be realistic. Mr A K Antony is minister only because he is not accountable for
anything or anybody. If everything by any luck goes alright in any ministry the minister takes
credit for that. if anything goes wrong then the whole blame comes on others. The political
masters issue oral orders when anything has to be done not within the rule book and for the
sake of continuing intake post the civil servants carry out the same. The civics servants by
and large lost self respect

from:  L sundaresan
Posted on: Feb 28, 2014 at 14:25 IST

when LALbahadur sastri was a railway minister,an accident occurred in
aryalur,he resigned owing moral responsibility,following his example
antony too resign

from:  l.s.mohandoss
Posted on: Feb 28, 2014 at 14:12 IST

AK Antony is clean from in-action. There is no virtue for this

from:  Vijayakumar M
Posted on: Feb 28, 2014 at 13:29 IST

The Chiefs of the three services are responsible only so far as operations and tactics are concerned as they have to make the best of whatever is available at their command. The larger element of national strategy comprising the modernisation of equipment and the well-being of the brave who serve the country falls primarily with the Ministry of Defence. In view that the Indian Navy has in recent times suffered a series of mishaps which make the need for new and reliable equipment plainly obvious, the Minister of Defence should take moral responsibility for the ills that beset the armed forces that are attributable to poor national policies.

from:  Sridhar S
Posted on: Feb 28, 2014 at 13:26 IST

This incident exposes the lax on part of Defence Ministry which has been sitting on major files,delaying upgradations of the war machineries of Defence forces for years.. Even after serious mishaps in the last few years the Defence ministry have not woken up to the repeated requests for upgradations. The whole Defence Ministery should be held accountable and the Defence Minister should resign. Compromises can't be done on Defence of Nation.

from:  Jayakrishnan
Posted on: Feb 28, 2014 at 13:16 IST
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