IssueNet Edition| Date : 28 Apr , 2014
Invited to speak at the National Defence University (NDU) at Washington DC in 2012 on ‘Countering Violent Terrorism & the Role of Military Special Forces, of one’s own volition JS (America), MEA was contacted, presentation e-mailed to him and same discussed in his office. The presentation explicitly covered the role of Pakistan and China in stoking the fires inside India right from the early 1960’s advice by Chou-en-Lai to Ayub Khan that Pakistan should prepare for prolonged conflict with India instead of short-term wars, and that Pakistan should raise a militia force to act behind enemy (Indian) lines.
…agencies have to seek GoI permission to question an MoD bureaucrat, which is never sought and never granted.That is why no MoD bureaucrat has ever been indicted despite score of scams.
The take was that if as military veteran, one cannot expose international audiences to ground realities, what is the difference from an all goody-goody presentation by someone in uniform. The JS (America) agreed one hundred percent. Interestingly, NDU arranged the same presentation next day at the Atlantic Council of US (also Washington DC based) much to the consternation of the Director, South Asia Centre of the Atlantic Council of the US who tried to wiggle out by saying that this was not the case as he had had access to official files in Pakistan. However, this did not cut much ice because all the quotes and references used in the presentation were of foreign origin including Pakistan, not India. How he had access to specific official Pakistani files remains a mystery considering his profile albeit his own brother did head the Pakistani Army in early 1990’s.
Last year, delivering the lecture on ‘civil-military relations’ at the annual national security event at a premier think tank in Delhi, the Governor of a State who had previously served as former Defence Secretary and Home Secretary, told the audience (predominantly serving military officers and veterans, and former diplomats) that our Service Chiefs were not delivering as required and that the MoD was professional, doing a fine job. He did not clarify what exactly the Service Chiefs were not delivering.