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    anon29

    “When it comes to infighting, IA and IAF are the most unprofessional forces.”

    I disagree….. the IA and IAF are pretty professional in that too.

    this piece is one that takes on the IA and IAF separate from the DRDO. Its is a fair mix of fact, extrapolation and hyperbole, much like the Vitriol spewed by the Anti-DRDO lobby.

    the truth, as is usually the case, lies somewhere in between; probably right down the middle.

    As BBC and Changing GQSR is true, so is DRDOs reticence to admit failure, and excessively optimistic timelines. If mismanagement of DRDO projects is true, so is the Army’s and IAF’s addiction to phoren goods.

    I think it is time that we take a deeper look at the Defence Research and procurement conundrum. That should first start with shutting the mouths of these serving officers and ‘anonymous sources’. Why do you think there are no complaints from the Navy? do we believe that the Navy was happy with trishul… Certainly not.

    But there were few leaks and public criticisms of the Project from our seamen. They know a thing or two about temwork. and that is to never sell out or rat out your teammate, and keep any infighting private. The Army and IAF, unfortunately, do not see themselves on the same side as DRDO, which is why they fail.

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    Shiv Aroor

    anon29, very well put. the holy grail definitely lies somewhere in the middle.

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    Zero

    I disagree with ananymous.

    look at the spats between IAF and IA or spats withing (Jacob vs Manekshaw)with respect to Kargil, 1971 war etc. There are numerous examples. It leaves a bad taste in mouth

    You don’t see that with IN or DRDO.

    I agree with the frontier india article.

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    Teews

    Reposting….

    Shiv, I don’t have problem with you bringing up issues regarding DRDO. You have done so rightly where it is apt. My problem is when you don’t bring the other issues like you said “but it’s just regressive and a little juvenile to think of blaming one side and ignoring the other”. This should be true to you also. I understand in these cases lets say its probably 90% fault of DRDO and 10% of the IA and IAF. But isn’t your responsibility as an unbiased journalist to bring forth facts of ALL the issues? When you leave some of it out, people have no other choice but to say that you are writing it with an agenda. Had you done that originally, you would have had my vote of confidence. Like the saying goes in Hindi ” Tali ek hath se nahi bajti”.

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    Teews

    Shiv, here is more information on things from people who are more in the knowhow than you and me.

    http://www.subcontinent.com/sapra/activities/
    weapons_indigenisation_synopsis_20050408.html

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    anon29

    “disagree with ananymous.

    look at the spats between IAF and IA or spats withing (Jacob vs Manekshaw)with respect to Kargil, 1971 war etc. There are numerous examples. It leaves a bad taste in mouth

    You don’t see that with IN or DRDO.”

    Perhaps you didn’t catch the Sarcasm…

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    Mihir Shah

    The Jaguar’s wings are too low? :O

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    Abhiman

    Hi Chacko Joseph. In my view, your article has “plucked the right chord”. I fully agree with all your views.
    Your detailed account of the history of Arjun tank and HF-24 Marut was also interesting.

    Mr. Aroor, there may not be any “middle ground”. It is apparent that the Indian Army and Air-Force purposely do not wish to induct indigenous weaponry, and keep on importing foreign arms. Whether that is due to corruption, or a prejudice against any Indian development, or a combination of both (most likely), is a matter of debate.

    Thank you.

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    Anonymous

    O MY GOD! I NEVER KNEW MY JAG’S WINGS WERE LOW. THANX FOR TELLIN ME. NEITHER THE RAF NOR ALL OF IAF KNEW THAT.
    ARM CHAIR FIGHTER PILOTS LIKE SANTHANAM & CHACKO KNOW BEST. SO LETS MAKE THEM THE CHIEF.

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