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Updated: March 28, 2012 18:08 IST

Army chief’s letter to PM reflects frustrations: Vayalar Ravi

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Vayalar Ravi. Photo: PTI
Vayalar Ravi. Photo: PTI

Attacking Army chief Gen. V. K. Singh for reportedly writing to the Prime Minister about the state of affairs in the force, Union Minister Vayalar Ravi today said this reflects “frustrations” of an individual, who had to withdraw his petition on the age row in the Supreme Court.

Mr. Ravi also felt that the Army chief should have written to Defence Minister A. K. Antony instead as per the “maryada” (decorum).

“I do not know what is the issue. I have not seen the letter. The Army is a disciplined force. (He) could not get an extension even by the court. May be a frustrated man’s utterance,” Mr. Ravi told reporters outside Parliament.

Asked if Gen. Singh should have written to Defence Minister A. K. Antony instead of the Prime Minister on the issue, Mr. Ravi said, “That is the maryada. But I am saying...whatever he does is action of a frustrated individual.”

The issue of the Army chief’s letter to the Prime Minister also led to uproar in the Rajya Sabha, which was adjourned twice till noon. Janata Dal (U) demanded dismissal of the Army chief for “gross indiscipline”.

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Mr.Ravi is a typical Indian politician. Here is what he says "I do not know what is the issue. I have not seen the letter", yet I can yap.

from:  KVR
Posted on: Mar 30, 2012 at 23:03 IST

Percival Spear has talked about the Indians not suffering from any
sense of loyalty even to kinsmen or clansmen while writing about those
who sided with the East India Company.What mattered was their own
survival and comforts under the foreign masters.One should be always
on the winning side.The general is concerned about the preparedness of
the army because he could not get one year's extension.Had his date of
birth been accepted as 1951 everything would have been fine.No problems with the offer of bribe for purchase of sub-standard equipment or the army's preparedness.There must be something seriously wrong about the process of selection of persons for the higher echelons of the army or for that matter any service.More than competence,performance and character other more important things like pliability,connections and at times belonging to the right caste/community appear to play a greater role in appointments,promotions and postings in all departments.He must be aware of these.

from:  Ananthi Selvan
Posted on: Mar 29, 2012 at 13:25 IST

what a sham group of politicians we have got. Instead of addressing thr core issues raised it wants to shoot the messenger. First it was Anna now the Army head. Anyone who raises a stink against the political class is first brow beaten and if that fails, villified. But the politicians never come up with the TRUTH! Saam daam dand bhed....all tools to hide the truth. Shame

from:  Nitu
Posted on: Mar 29, 2012 at 08:21 IST

The only reason that the General is leaking these letters now is that he is determined to make sure that these matters are dealt with correctly. He has followed decorum for so many days and look where it got him. When you are a natural and a dedicated soldier and have to bow down to illiterate criminals it does generate frustration. Ravi has attacked the COAS for writing to the PM. Who will attack the Congress for repeatedly misleading the nation and misusing the nation's wealth?

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Mar 29, 2012 at 07:22 IST

Army chief reached the top position climbing up the ladder, through merit and
diplomacy. He did lot of service to the nation, in his long career. It is however time that he should retire gracefully, without setting a bad precedent.
Politicians across the spectrum, should ignore him and get on with their legislative business. Army is a huge organisation and there will always be some issues where there would be disagreements. This army chief can't be trusted with national security, post retirement as he is acting erratically, in his last days.
It is extremely unfortunate that we have a weak government and an irresponsible opposition, and a legislative body dancing to the tunes of the army chief.

from:  Dr RKRAO Rebapragada
Posted on: Mar 29, 2012 at 05:31 IST

Our Elected representatives should be ashamed of themselves and run and hide their faces instead of trying to Blame the General.The General has clearly exposed the substandard quaility of our Armed forces equipment and armaments purchased at an ehorbitant price whose bill is been paid ultimately by every common man in India.
God forbid, if there is a war in the near future and our troops suffer due to bad decisions taken by MOD headed by Politicians, all the elected representatives should be arrested and put in Jail for cheating and betraying the people and the country.

from:  Jayaram Abbaraju
Posted on: Mar 29, 2012 at 01:29 IST

I agree with Ravi on the frustration part. Army General VK Singh has a streaky clean record and is known for his integrity. I would not be surprised as he has to deal with corrupt practices in the army due to the unholy nexus of poiliticians, bureucrats and middlemen. I only see mudslinging from these politicians instead of focussing on the issue highlighted by the general. We all have a lot more respect for the general than the likes of you, Vayalar Ravi!

from:  Sridhar Pasula
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 22:55 IST

Mr.Minister If the Army Chief if doing all this because of his frustration then how our country will be safe under him.And why your govt hasn't taken any action against him when you received the letter.Indeed it seems the paralyzed govt got frustrated.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 21:56 IST

As you all aware that for any procurement, there are two sanctions/approvals is administrative(in this case mod) and the other end users.(in this case the army).Bribe for the 1st part is over before approaching army.We all know the power of admin-control and how it is exerctsed over any govt depts.May be the frustrated general wanted to make use of this case which has a bearing.Therefore 1st thing try to investigate the scam from where originated rather than blaming the general.politicians talk about marayada/decorum in service.Do they not belongs to service? How much marayada do they keep in our parliament?

from:  Panda
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 20:50 IST

"whatever he does is action of a frustrated individual.” With out
realising Vyalar Ravi has hit the nail on the head. Yes! The General
is frustrated with kind of bandicoot rats eating the very vitals
country's "maryada" and being an honourable soldiers chose to speak
out. Vast majority of Indian are with the soldier. Vayalar Ravi
should know that after all people know that “Politics: “Poli” a Latin
word meaning “many”; and "tics" meaning “bloodsucking creatures”.!

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 19:59 IST

Mr. Minister before even thinking of "maryada" please look around a few of your colleagues in the Parliament (and their conduct in the parliament - like MLAs watching porn film in assembly) and then utter the word. Army Chief has done a great service and his job towards the nation by bringing out in the open the prevalent and thriving corruption culture in the Army, initiated and guarded by our ministry and ministers at the cost of lives of our brave soldiers.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 19:49 IST

The army chief was using all these letters and maybe many more to blackmail the government for accepting his date of birth contention . Otherwise there is no reason why he suddenly has started leaking these correspondence which is in bad taste . After all he has returned a large part of government allocations without using it. Clearly he is showing his frustration.

from:  raghavan
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 18:34 IST

Having traveled across America, Europe and all over India, I can say that just leading a 'normal' life in India with all the corruption, lack of law enforcement on roads and in every other aspect of life makes one frustrated. Thanks largely to our lawmakers and government. You do not have to be an army chief fighting this corrupt system to be frustrated.

from:  Ashish
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 18:33 IST

The UPA government and its ministers instead of looking into serious corruption charges and taking quick action to resolve the real problems in the armed forces, are indulging in mud slinging on General's character! How low Congress party can stoop to is to be seen to be believed....?

from:  Manish
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 18:19 IST

The minister has not read the letter and is not even aware of the issues raised in the letter as per his own quote. Why should he then infer that this is from a frusteded person? While they feel free to criticise Anna Team for intemperate language, why do they indulge in such speculation even without reading the letter. After all, Mr Singh is still the Army Chief and deserves respect and his views must be considered in all seriousness.

from:  Ashok Shah
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 18:08 IST

Frustration..huh...of leading an army where personnel's are fighting with
sticks..! The system of negligence has crossed all the limits. Please give
what the army require rather than what lobbyist and their patrons want.
General is correct is raising the issue. I believe the leakage of
general's letter is again done by the lobbyist and bureaucrats who want
him to go out early.

from:  Nishant
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 18:08 IST

I think its a frustration on part of the Govt, its one of the senior member is voicing this apprehension, which is uncalled for.Its high time PM Dr. Manmohan Singh manage his colleague , as all of them voicing their opinion as if they are a PM of this country by their own standard.We have seen maximum number of cases where the Govt stand, and minister's standing,congress party's standing or allies standing are not in synch.We know how the procurement is not transparent and there are many scam like Boffors kick backs etc , so there is absolute genuineness in Gen V.K Singh's letter. Let the minister introspect before giving such a confusing statement and we are in era of information, right to information.

from:  shankar
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 17:47 IST

Is it a frustrated man's action or frustrating individuals, who comprise of the goverment in office today who are in action? Keeping aside what could have led a serving Army Chief to write to the PM directly, why doesn't Mr.Ravi, or his ilk, talk about the merits of the concern the army chief has raised? By his own admission, Mr.Ravi doesn't know all the facts.Then how is he concluding that these are the utterances of a frustrated man.Reading another related article, I was wondering if building a truck (albeit to be used by army in extremely rugged & harsh terrains) is beyond the capability of Indian engineers? We make indigenous rockets that travel in far more trying conditions in space. Is security of the country too trivial & irrelevant to invest time, effort and resources to create self-sufficiency and indigenous capability? Or is it simply a case of trying to protect the golden goose? The stink of rotten money is on everything the current day politician touches! How sad!

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 17:29 IST

Army Chief by passing the MOD is gross indiciline and should be saked as suggested. He is frustrated person for not getting extension . He is unfit to hold the position Chief of Army.

from:  P.Sellamuthu
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 17:07 IST

The army chief ought to have arranged a further meeting with the agent and asked him to bring the money on that occasion and in the meanwhile got in touch with the CBI and secured their presence in his residence confidentially and get him arrested while attempting to hand over the money to the Gen This would have resulted in the registration of a case against the agent .The Gen had spoiled everything.His present action seems to harass the Govt on account of his failure to get extension of service Its a known fact that there are corruptions in the defence deals The Gen did nothing in this regard

from:  T.V. Kamalakshan
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 16:47 IST
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