Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Sep 2017 12:12:40

NEWLY inducted Defence Minister Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman has brought in a welcome change in the functioning of her office by deciding to hold daily meetings with all the three Service Chiefs, besides meeting the Defence Secretary separately everyday. Right on the Day One of taking charge of office, Mrs. Sitharaman set out her priorities right, indicating that she has a clear roadmap ahead on tackling the challenges faced by the Defence sector.

Navy, Air Force and Army are in dire need of modernisation. It is, therefore, worthwhile to hear directly from the Chiefs. Daily meetings of top brass would help in taking speedy decisions and removing bottlenecks , if any.

Daily evaluation of the security situation at the highest level will also send a right message to trouble makers across the border, who till recently perceived India as a soft nation and fomented trouble in Kashmir and elsewhere. The first full-time woman Defence Minister in the country’s history has introduced a synergy in the Armed Forces by taking the right decision.


CRICKET enthusiasts all over the world are hoping that Pakistan returns to world cricketing map. The terror attack on the touring Sri Lankan cricket team some years ago had brought all international sports activity to a complete halt in the country with international sports teams unwilling to undertake the tour. The World XI cricket team’s tour of Pakistan now is an attempt by the Pakistan Cricket Board and the International Cricket Council (ICC) to give a semblance of sense of security to foreign teams so as to revive sports visits by them.

But the fact that the Pakistan Government had to provide six-layer security to the visiting World XI team led by South African captain Faf du Plessis shows the kind of insecurity that prevails in that country. Hence any untoward incident during the scheduled three-match series would put a damper on the efforts to revive visits by foreign teams to Pakistan. Pakistan is so much besieged by rabid fundamentalist terrorism that a sense of insecurity is all pervasive and palpable.