The storm which is shaking the country these days over the COAS General V.K. Singh's public revelations about offer of bribe to him and then the leakage of letter addressed by him to the Prime Minister pointing deficiencies in the armed forces capabilities is very unfortunate and undesirable. That these incidents have happened at a time when has a few days to demit his office gives rise to suspicions about the intents and motives.However, it should not be blown out of proportion and shelved.
2. Indian Army is one of the most disciplined force in the world and has won laurels for its combative and non-combative performances both within the country as well as abroad. Gen. Singh has been part of the regime and rose to the present level by dint of his excellence in meeting the highest traditions of the force. So it will be unfair to blame him for dereliction or leakages. In fact he has lodged a complaint with the CBI for probe into the leakage of letter. It will be relevant to state that the leakages of classified materials of Govt. departments has become a routine affair which Media proudly displays as its exclusive report. What is,therefore, required is to sternly deal with those involved in this profession as it threatens the integrity and safety of the country.
3. The contents of the letter are routine as every Head of the Department presents its litany of woes citing absence of adequate budgetary support. The Government will do well to set its house in order rather than find faults with constitutional heads like CAG, COAS etc.