Accident after accident after accident. Is there no end in sight? While the Indian Navy appears to be sinking, torpedoed by failures from within the system, the government appears to be sitting rock-like and unmoved. It took just one terrible railway accident — and one that was the result of a natural calamity, in Ariyalur — for Lal Bahadur Shastri to take moral responsibility and resign from his post. Is the present establishment listening? How many more officers and other personnel are we going to lose because of repeated and unacceptable accidents?
This refers to the report, “Another Navy ship mishap, one naval officer killed” (March 8). Safety seems to be a non-existent concept as far as the Indian Navy is concerned. This particular incident is the second one in less than a fortnight and one in which another naval officer has lost his valuable life. The tragedy is all the more painful for us to bear as this involves personnel who have lost their lives while going about their work in peace time instead of on the war front. Like it or not, it does create the impression in our minds that there could be some foul play at work. Why are such incidents happening over and over again and within such a short span of time? Only a high-level probe can establish the real truth behind the state of defence establishments.