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Thursday, November 08, 2007


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The nation has been shocked to the gills by the visual exposure of Defense payoffs by the dotcom company tehelka.com.  Tehelka illustrates how decisions on vital Defense purchases were dictated by vested interests and taken arbitrarily at high levels, even though professionals lead our Armed Forces.

In the early eighties, an arms purchase called the HDW German Submarine deal erupted into a scandal. Late Sanjay Gandhi's name along with the Swaraj Paul group of UK and Hindujas and some other names of bureaucrats and service officers were bandied about but the matter still breathes in court.

The BOFORS scandal has waylaid India from 1987 to date. The moral of the story is that Indian Defense has sadly, not contributed to nation building.  BOFORS is the biggest of the many unsolved cases.



There was something obscene about Pakistan Army soldiers entering the hallowed precincts of the country’s Supreme Court where they had no business to be, going to the Chief Justice and saying to him his services were no longer required. (Edits, Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Nov 06, 2007)

Mahatma Gandhi's picture does not just hang on every wall of a government office, he is also remembered regularly for his principles, one of which is Antyodaya. (Stop The Robbery, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 18, 2007)

After hectic advocacy by Christian Solidarity Worldwide and Burma Campaign, UK, British MPs John Bercow and Baroness Caroline Cox met a Chin group on the India-Myanmar border last month, while Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged an emergenc. . . (Upa Shrewd On Suu Kyi, Pioneer, Sandhya Jain, Oct 16, 2007)

Let me tell you the story of two young officers commissioned in the army of two neighbouring countries in 1964. They both should have retired. ('It's Possible For Us To Have Military History Written Without Carrying Sensitive Material', Indian Express, Editorial, Indian Express, Oct 15, 2007)

More by coincidence than design, the Congress, by making Mr Rahul Gandhi the general secretary of the party, has tried to capitalise on the increasingly recognised global success of India's youth power. But no one with a sense of history has . . . . (Family First, Nation Later, Pioneer, Balbir K Punj, Oct 05, 2007)

Much depends on the type of leadership and work culture of our intelligence agencies. Until and unless they build up the ethos and pride of an elite organisation, their performance will remain substandard. (Good Intelligence Prevents Major Calamities, Business Line, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 05, 2007)

New Army chief General Deepak Kapoor, who took over from Gen J J Singh on Sunday, has three primary tasks before him. First, maintain the operational readiness of the 1.13-million force, with the right dose of modernisation, training and . . . (New Army Chief Wants More, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 01, 2007)

Even the best of democracies decay when rulers lose touch with the people. The media and the intelligence agencies provide information, not contact. (Democracy Without Depth, Asian Age, Kuldip Nayar, Oct 01, 2007)

Terming the disclosure by Principal Swedish Investigator Sten Lindstorm on the alleged payoffs in the Bofors gun deal as “sensational,” Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Friday demanded that the UPA government ‘come clean’ . . . . (Come Clean On Bofors: Bjp, Hindu, Sujay Mehdudia, Sep 29, 2007)

Following the stunning disclosure by principal Swedish investigator Sten Lindstrom, who probed the Bofors scam, that the CBI did not cooperate with his country's investigators, the BJP on Friday asked the UPA Government to come clean on all counts . . . . (Come Clean On Lindstrom's Q Claim: Bjp To Govt, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 29, 2007)

Sten Lindstrom, principal Swedish investigator, who probed the Bofors scam, has said the CBI never properly asked for cooperation from Sweden nor did they ever cooperate with the Swedish authorities in their investigation. ('Q Got Money Because Of Links To Gandhi Family', Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 28, 2007)

The Congress on Thursday dismissed a key Swedish investigator’s claim that the CBI did not properly seek cooperation in probing the Bofors case and that Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi was paid money because of his proximity to the Gandhi family. (Swedish Sleuth Faults Cbi On Bofors, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 28, 2007)

Only India’s evidentiary package judged, not Interpol notice: Noble Our database on suspected terrorists has increased, he says (Quattrocchi Has To Worry Where He Travels, Says Interpol Chief, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 14, 2007)

The Red Corner notice issued against the Bofors payoffs case accused Ottavio Quattrocchi is still alive, Secretary-General of Interpol Ronald K. Noble said here on Wednesday. (Red Corner Notice Alive, Says Interpol, Hindu, VINAY KUMAR, Sep 13, 2007)

After almost two decades, Swedish armaments major Bofors has re-entered the Indian market in its new avatar, BAe Systems SWS Defence, by signing an agreement with the Ordnance Factories Board to upgrade air defence guns. (Bofors Back In Indian Market, Asian Age, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 12, 2007)

In an effort to put military-to-military ties back on tracks following a controversy over purchase of weapons from a South African firm, India and South Africa on Monday discussed strategy to enhance defence cooperation, including training and . . . . (India, S Africa Plan Better Defence Ties , Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 11, 2007)

Whenever and at whatever forum Americans and Indians get together, it is a safe bet that they will indulge in a bit of self-congratulation on coming from the world’s largest and the most populous democracies. (A Tale Of Two Democracies, Business Line, B. S. Raghavan , Sep 07, 2007)

Keeping up the pressure on the Manmohan Singh government on the Indo-US nuclear deal, the leaders of the Left parties insisted on Thursday that the findings of the joint committee on the issue should be binding on the UPA government... (Left: Nuke Panel Report Is Binding, Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 07, 2007)

If the Government is paralysed by its stand off with the Left over the India-US civilian nuclear agreement, then Parliament seems to have entered a lame duck phase. (Lame Duck Parliament, Pioneer, Navin Upadhyay, Sep 07, 2007)

The NDA, after stalling parliament on its demand for a joint parliamentary committee on the Indo-US nuclear deal for the past two days, today decided to press for a debate on the issue in the two houses under voting provisions. (Nda Seeks Debate, Jpc; Government Says No , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 07, 2007)


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