Reality Check India

We want clinching evidence

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on December 27, 2008

No, it is not Pakistan. It is the Indian media.

Look what Prabhu Chawla has to say in response to a question.

What is your view on Rs 100,000 crore telecom scam in allocation of 2G spectrum? Why is the media not taking up this issue of monumental loss to the nation and benefits to companies owned by minister and the ruling party?

Prabhu Chawla Answers…

Media has written enough on this subject and we carried a big story last month. But the media has to be given clinching evidence in this case.

Ask Prabhu on India Today website

We are not asking the media to do a sting. We expect it to persistently raise this issue to the PMO and FM, to the CVC, TRAI, and other institutions. If such questions expose the toothlessness of these institutions, then so be it.

Dollar billionaires created holding just a piece of paper. No one, including you Mr Prabhu can dispute it. National assets sold for their real value to foreign players via real estate companies acting as intermediaries. No one, including you disputes it. We do not know if there is a fire, but we sure can see the thick smoke billowing.

Yet, you want evidence to even ask these questions. You have not written enough.

Can you blame our enemies (the cross border variety) from adopting the same ‘give me evidence’ tactics ?

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  1. Barbarindian said, on December 27, 2008 at 6:35 am

    Any area outside of the immediate radar of public attention (which is most everything except educational quotas, free electricity and fertilizers) is liable to get into the gray economy. Mines and quarries are prime examples. Who knows how much value we left on the table?

    The immediate concern is of course the theoretical vs. actual capability of Indian defense forces. God knows how many billions we spent on them, yet we actually have fewer submarines than Pakistan, that too inferior ones – Russian Kilo class vintage. Every report says India outclasses Pakistan in every area – in circa 2012. Well, 2009 is not 2012.

    We have about 100 Su-30MKI vs. 44 Pakistani F16. We also have some MiG 29s, one of which had an off screen role in the movie Rang de Basanti. RADARs are outdated, many do not work. Coordination, tactical troop movement, mid-level leadership was vividly demonstrated during the 60 hour siege of Bombay.

  2. rc said, on December 27, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Yes, this machine is devoid of virtue. Riversand, Granite quarries, petrol bunks, all are in custody of political forces. Rival forces pretend like they spar with each other on the outside, but behind closed doors they make deals.

    Back when Kargil happened, I used to comment on Indian Express site as realitycheck (before they banned me). Kargil exposed our military, where I thought we lost more soldiers than necessary. We had to shop around for howitzer and mortar artillery.

    Overall my view on Pakistan is this.

    1) Recognize that we have unfinished business.

    2) Recognize that Pakistan is convinced they have unfinished business.

    2) Recognize that covert action against Pakistan is 10x harder for India than it is for them.

    3) Any interim peace must be used as an excuse to build up more and more capability. Demonstrate every newly acquired capability in fancy ways so they notice the distance.

    4) Stop the Chandrayaan nonsense and focus on military requirements. We launched a oceanographic satellite just after Kargil, which showed our misplaced priorities.

    5) Recognize that it is possible to strike particular targets without risk of nuclear war.

    6) Recognize the religious motivation levels of jihadis.

    7) Our size does not guarantee victory over jihadis. Learn from the Bahamani jihad.

    This need of the hour is a major consolidation of large interests. The Indian state is SOLELY represented by the humans sitting in parliament. Who is going to continuously monitor remote sensing imagery of potential terrorist camps, artillery locations, fuel depots ? This calls for ceaseless work during peacetime. This cannot happen as an extra curricular activity while caste consolidation is the primary activity. (See the Maharashtra assembly behaviour).

    The election of a majority of humans to Parliament on narrow platforms is going to be India’s undoing.

    It is inevitable.

    You are correct about the capabilities. Where is the LCA ?

  3. Barbarindian said, on December 27, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    The LCA is being made – ETA 2012. It has a fat belly, looks like a flying duck.

    It seems as though the UPA has put every defense procurement in the back burner.

  4. reason said, on December 27, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/002200812272028.htm

    the man certainly has a great sense of humour. and he managed this within days of the Antulay affair.

  5. Barbarindian said, on December 29, 2008 at 6:33 am

    The Outlook Mag has posted a cartoon which pretty much says it all:
    http://www.outlookindia.com/photoessays.asp?serial=7&foldername=20090112&filename=Ydubious+distinctions&storyid=1&mode=

    No stories though.

  6. Hakan Tanyel said, on January 1, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you very share use

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