Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Dec 2018 12:10:02










OF LATE, there has been a spurt in public and press opinions from the chiefs of all three armed forces. Mostly, the talk has been on India’s strategy vis-a-vis Pakistan and China. Leading the race is Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, who is quick off the blocks with his opinion on matters related to India’s neighbours. Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, too, has appeared before the press regularly in the last fortnight talking about the IAF’s response mechanism and confidence building measures with China, especially after last year’s 73-day Doka La stand-off. Discussing certain issues about India’s military mechanisms in public can be best left to the ministerial level. Armed forces’ officers speaking in public on matters that sometimes are beyond their brief can always attract negative publicity. Forces do use public forum to reveal “selective” information as part of a strategy but too much of public appearances should not become a regular template. Guarded response is the top essential in the dynamics of security. Too much of public appearance can result in an oversight.




SCIENTISTS at the Indian Space Research Organistaion (ISRO)have reason to be delighted at the successful launch of latest multi-utility earth observation satellite on Thursday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. Setting higher goals for each new mission and achieving them with clock-work precision has become the habit with the scientists and technicians of ISRO. That has earned them and the organisation worldwide reputation. ISRO, now, has become a standard-bearer for excellence in space science. That as many as 30 satellites from 8 countries were co-passengers of ISRO’s Hyperal-Spectral Imaging Satellite on Thursday bears testimony to the faith and confidence they have won world-wide for their precision working. Over the years ISRO has accomplished many missions, taking along satellites from several countries. Now the Chairman of ISRO Mr. K. Sivan has expressed the organisation’s resolve to employ more indigenous components in the proposed manned mission Gaganyaan and it is safe to believe those words of the ISRO chief.