Thursday, December 3, 2009

Political indecision should not hamper weapon upgradation

The Army has been looking for frontline artillery for the last 24 years but scandals regarding the purchase of weapons have caused unprecedented delay affecting the morale of the army. From the sanctioned 47 squadrons of the Indian Air Force (IAF) the strength has depleted to 31 squadrons in the last six decades due to the indecisiveness of policy makers, said G Parthasarathy, former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan who was in the city to deliver Kakasaheb Gadgil lecture organised by Kakasaheb Gadgil Pratishthan.

He said India should strengthen its covert capabilities along with strengthening of the diplomatic ties. “Chinese policy is containment of India. It is well known that Pakistan nuclear weapon programme is taking place with the support of China. India needs to strengthen its military base near its border,” he said lauding the tough Indian stand during the Dalai Lama’s visit to Tawang

He said that Pakistan government was controlled by the Army and the pressure exerted now by opposition in Pakistan to handover the powers of president to prime minister was the handiwork of Pakistan Army. “ It was Political leaders in Pakistan who nurtured the terror outfits one time or the other. Taliban was first supported by Benazir Bhutto for domestic gains and to gain strategic depth inside the Afgan region. Likewise, Nawaz Sharif working along with ISI, patronised and supported Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT),” he added.

He said when China has land and sea border disputes with almost all neighbours from the north to the Bay of Bengal.

“It is unfair to project that India has border disputes with its neighbours. China’s aggressive nationalism and unity is its strength and India has to play according to its strengths,” he said 

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