The same dangerous old tradition continuesImmediately after the independence of India, Mohandas Gandhi and the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru propounded a theory. They stated that in a peace-loving country like India, the role of the Army is the barest minimum. They started systematic downgrading of the Armed Forces. India had to pay the price. 1/3rd of Kashmir is still under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. Even then, Nehru continued this policy. He systematically curtailed the budget of the military and sidelined the competent Generals and promoted less competent people (Some examples: rapid promotion of BM Kaul, resignation controversy of General Thimayya, posting of General JN Chaudhuri as Southern Army Commander and proceedings against General Maneckshaw). India again paid a very heavy price in the form of 1962 debacle against China.
During the early nineties, the same thing happened. The defence budget was again curtailed year after year when Dr. MM Singh was the Finance Minister. Again India had to suffer during 1999. Although many soldiers were killed, the country somehow managed to kick out the Pakistani intruders of Northern Light Infantry of Pakistani Army.
During the UPA-I and UPA-II regimes, the procurement was almost stopped. As a result, Army, Air Force and Navy have had to suffer a lot. If we take the Air Force as an example, the fighting squadrons of the country have been severely depleted.
Under these circumstances, the present Government has been trying to procure Rafale aircraft very quickly to give the Air Force a cutting edge. The last two Air Chief and the present ACM BS Dhanoa have been strongly advocating speedy procurement of Rafale.
But some opposition leaders including Congressmen are trying their best to stall the procurement of Rafale. The Supreme Court has declined to look into the procurement. Now a senior leader of Congress has accused that "ACM BS Dhanoa is telling lies" regarding the need of Rafale Aircraft.
I note that the same dangerous old tradition of Congress still continues. Are we, the Indians, going to suffer again?