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the greatest treason: to do the right thing for the wrong reason? It is no less heinousone must also sayto do a right thing in a wrong way Such government by spasms is frightening for our future The couple of shocks forming part of independent Indias experience of security challenges have induced some awareness of strategic needsbut far too limited to overcome general obliviousness Our prime ministers meetings with his American and Pakistani counterpartsand his visit to Chinacollectively point to our principal security concerns His additional Bangladesh meeting symbolises the need for more constructive interactions with our neighbours Would that all this reflected a well-thought-out national scheme to meet our external challenges and opportunities He and the other few people in Delhi in ultimate charge of our interests doubtless want onebut what they can do is severely limited by our pernicious politicking They are further stifled by the spreading unreliability of our entire apparatus to handle the affairs of state An efficient defence establishment might at least keep a finger in the dyke Unfortunatelyits actual condition only increases worries One of our proudest achievements has been the complete loyalty of our armed forces to our Constitution the one state to have evolved since colonial rule without a whiff of military interference Not that there have not been significant dissatisfactions in the militaryor significant tensions between them and our civil power Problems due to faults on both sides need full attentionbut are not even noticed Civil control of the military is a constitutional relationshiprequiring mutual respect and understanding If there is disdain among the military at the way civil authorities function (hardly unjustified)the latter resentfully think the military consider themselves a breed apart Status consciousnessemoluments and service conditions all need correctionbut are pinpricks compared to the feeling in the armed forces that they have no say in such policymaking as there is about our defence postureor our planning for eventualities which they will have to handle It is hard enough to find any arrangement for strategic thinking in our defence ministry Worse stillneither political leaders nor the permanent governmental establishment seem at all aware that something needs to be doneboth to improve civil-military interaction and to make ourselves ready for clear and looming dangers One stark reality encapsulates both needs: both in our northwest and in our Northeastthe writ of Indiasuch as it isruns to a very large extent thanks to army deployment Elsewherealsothe army is often called upon to come to the aid of the civil power Our governments let problems simmer till they boil overwhen no solutions can be attempted without first using forceagain too often turning to the army Added to the all-important requirements of external defencethis make it all the more imperative to keep our military preparedness under the best possible guidance Tragicallywe seem headed to get even less The world is in fluxpower equations changeterrorism and technology pose threats states cant find answers for; but India turns further into itself Not even the return of LoC conflicts in Jammu and Kashmirwarning of worse after Afghanistan is left open to destabilisationcan goad our system out of internecine irresponsibility Elections mean almost a year before any government can focus on anythingassuming well get one better positioned than todays We cannot afford such waiting idly Yeswar is not about to eruptbut to ensure it never will means constant preparedness Gearing up our defence establishment and finding ways to equip our military appropriately and speedily are clear and present imperatives Military procurements cannot be political free-for-alls Making life difficult for governments is doubtless a political must for partiesbut in any country aspiring to seriousnesssome issues are sacrosanct Unrealistic as it may sound in todays foul climateour defence apparatus should be spared cheap politics Our masters must wake up to this responsibility Outsiders watch more carefully than we doand will treat us according to our vulnerabilities The writer is a former ambassador to PakistanChina and the USand secretaryexternal affairs ministry For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News The introduction showed even most respect-worthy leaders bowing to low politics; the withdrawal,Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Friday termed as "serious" the allegation that state Power Minister MM Mani made "unsavoury" remarks against women at a recent public meeting in Idukki The counsel denied that the minister made any derogatory remarks against women. who was on duty at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in plain clothes. police said.” The actor is being lauded for standing up against shaming and sexism. Bachchan was asked at an event, Last year.

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