20 October, 2020

Heads Don't Roll Here

The nation is talking accountability yet again. Considering that the hijack drama is over, there is little else one can do. Questions which are persistently being raised are: Would people in responsible positions be held accountable?

Heads Don't Roll Here
But like always, the answer is once again a resounding no. More than any other government in the past, the Vajpayee-led administration has the dubious distinction of being one that has literally not taken people to task. Forget ministers. Save fresh appointments in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the same set of diplomats, bureaucrats and officials who had served earlier-in United Front and Congress regimes-are now sitting pretty with the BJP. So, whether it is hijacking, Kargil, dropsy deaths or the cyclone, the guilty live without fear.

The Hijack of IC 814

The botching up of the hijacking drama was never more evident than when the abducted aircraft was stationed at Amritsar for more than 40 minutes, waiting for directives from the crisis management group (CMG). The terms of the CMG, put together in 1987, makes for interesting reading. According to it, the cabinet secretary will take stock of the situation, summon the secretaries concerned who in turn may get in touch with the respective state governments and their agencies. And this is supposed to be...



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