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    Anonymous

    Oh ho, there goes….

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  2. 2

    Anonymous

    Holy Shit!!!!!

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  3. 3

    Ankur

    If BAE have even the slightest blame for this, we should seriously haul their asses up and nail them to the wall.

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  4. 4

    maveric

    the very plane that was brought to prevent crashes has got crashed!!! it happend yesterday right? then they(iaf) r breaking the news today or what?

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  5. 5

    Anonymous

    they were trying to cover things up. the deal should be scrapped.

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    Mihir

    Let us not blame BAE until more is known about the incident. Planes crash from time to time. This one might just have chosen to do so at an inappropriate time. For now, I am happy that the pilots are safe.

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    Ankur

    Mihir – a good point. But *if* the investigation does find BAE culpable, we should really get some serious concessions. If it is human error, reprimand the guilty party. But it is almost *never* completely coincidental.

    I think that it goes without saying that it is always good to hear nobody was injured.

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    Abhiman

    Mr. Aroor, one can imagine had the IJT crashed, then most newspapers would have “lashed out” at the HAL, DRDO etc. But because this is a UK produced plane, there is little criticism.

    The Indian Express carried a “plain” report as though it were a routine event. It lacked adjectives, rhetorics, and demanding questions that would otherwise have been used had an IJT or a Dhruv crashed. When a newspaper “stubbornly stands by” a general idea that the Indian indigenous industry is inept, it ceases to be a newspaper and becomes a votary or mouthpiece.

    The Express may be a “quintessential” example of “stand by my story” journalism. Since the days of Mr. Goenka vs. Dhirubhai Ambani*, this paper conspicuously tries to be ‘investigative’ and ‘unravel a truth’. Journalism of this kind is done more out of the ‘thrill’ or ‘high’ of being called an “investigative” reporter, than any genuine concern for the story itself.

    Once such a newspaper like the Express takes a definite stand on an issue, it is impossible to budge it from the stand;; for, doing so may result in a ‘loss of face’. The Express fails to realize that the Dec. 2006 series by you, Mr. Aroor may have been relevant then, but it no longer is today. The Arjuns have been proven beyond doubt as per MoD reports themselves, the Akash has passed all trials with flying colours and the ABM tests have been successful too. The readers can also make out over time, that the newspaper is being “investigative” purposefully only for the want of ‘journalistic accolades’, rather than for any concern for the story itself.

    In the story in the Indian Express today, the report explicitly emphasizes that the “IAF says”, that the spare parts of the Hawk are rusted, and the “IAF says” that the serviceability rate of the Hawks is 40%. It also does not seek to ‘indict’ BaE, in its trademark conclusion, never mind that the Hawks have been delivered after 24 years of protracted negotiations. The Express report would not have been so “mild”, had a similar incident taken place with the Dhruv or IJT.
    Obviously the reporter can claim that he is neutrally reporting the facts “as is”, which by themselves are accurate — however, going by the Express’ past record of reporting on indigenous projects, the absence of “virulent” criticism in this report indicates a sure bias. This is selective and biased reporting by the Express.

    Thank you.

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    Mihir

    EXCELLENT post, Abhiman!

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    Anonymous

    Hawk the “brand new aircraft” of the very first batch – fully asembled and tested at OEM -CRASHES.
    Reason problem of poor quality of SPARES. Fantastic analysis. We should give National Award for such analysis by STALWARTS.
    No more people are fools. Every one is watching.

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