31 October, 2020

Ghosts Of Scandals Past

Two-and-a-half-years, and this Admiral won't let the controversy sink

Ghosts Of Scandals Past

MOST service officers say little. But together, they know practically everything there is to know of their subject. Often they are reticent out of courtesy, and only exchange knowing glances when the narrative runs contrary to what they know. They, for instance, know that in 1952 defence secretary H.M. Patel swindled the chiefs into relegating the service headquarters to becoming 'attached' offices of the ministry, along with other attached offices, such as the dance and drama division of the i&b ministry. But what the officers also know, but are too polite to say, is that in 50 years almost 15 chiefs per service failed to overturn the situation—with some not even putting up a fight—until Vishnu Bhagwat came along. And of course, he paid the price.

The book begins in an easy style, with a complex subject made understandable for the lay reader and the author keeping many of the difficult reference material for the appendices. The professional reader or analyst would probably do better to read all the appendices first so as to get himself in a better...



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