24 September, 2020

Curiouser And Curiouser

The dates are crucial. Two months before the actual coup, the MOD had already chosen Kumar as the next navy chief.

Curiouser And Curiouser

GEORGE Fernandes is a man who believes attack is the best form of defence. In a blizzard of accusations, the defence minister has buried five specific grounds for sacking the chief of naval staff: that he repeatedly defied the authority of government; that he violated the Navy Act by trying to harm the career of his subordinates; that he lied to the government on matters where he should have kept it briefed; that he was mentally unbalanced, habitually flew into a rage and threatened junior officers; and, most serious, that he endangered national security by leaking information to two newspapers. Not one of these hold up under serious scrutiny.

As an example of Bhagwat's "direct challenge to the government's authority", Fernandes cited naval HQ's refusal to give an explanation for transferring an assistant naval attache from Moscow a year before his term and its observation that "the NHQ considers it inappropriate that a deliberate and committed decision of the chief of naval staff should be questioned". But as the letter wasn't addressed to...



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