'Imagine a situation where the army's top brass is annihilated in one fell swoop with colonels, brigadiers and generals shedding their ranks and their place being taken by others from arms and services which are not even remotely connected to the working of the fighting arms.' 'The government must make clear once and for all that promotions in the Indian Army are not the right of individuals, but a privilege given in accordance with role and function,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). Some time ago while writing about the challenges for newly-appointed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar I had pointed out how the entire armed forces structure/expenditure is geared towards the most unlikely possibility of World War II type conventional conflict. As the defence minister settles down to tackle these issues, a bolt from the blue in the shape of a tribunal ruling has thrown a giant size spanner in the works. This whole chain of thought has been triggered by the Armed Forces Tribunal's … [Read more...] about Let the army decide whom to promote!
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BENGALURU: Congress president Rahul Gandhi today asserted that the mood in Karnataka was in favour of his party and it would win the May 12 polls, as he concluded his six rounds of "Yatra" in the run-up to the elections. Addressing a public rally here to mark the culmination of his "Janarshivad Yatra" covering all regions of the state, he also accused the Narendra Modi government of discriminating against the Congress-ruled Karnataka. "Karnataka's mood is in favour of the Congress party and we will the election," Gandhi said, winding up the last lap of his "yatra", which he devoted to mainly attack the Modi government. The visit also saw Gandhi visit temples and other religious places and interact with Hindu seers, besides holding roadshows and mingling with crowds. "Whereever Modi ji goes he speaks his man ki baat.I would like to tell you that the Congress party will listen to man ki baat and on the basis of what is in your mind we will run the government." "We will work towards … [Read more...] about Mood in Karna favours Cong, says Rahul Gandhi after 6 round of “Yatra”
Divesh Sharma has a simple answer for why he didn’t speak up about the sexual abuse of minor girls in a place meant to “shelter” them. “I have a family. I am not Superman. You know the might of this system.” He may not be a superhero, but as the assistant director of Muzaffarpur’s social welfare department, he was supposed to protect the 46 girls who lived in Balika Grih, a shelter home for girls found lost, abandoned by their families or rescued from sex work. Thirty four of them had been sexually abused by a network of men including the owner of the NGO that ran the short-stay home and government officers in charge of their welfare. Following an audit of Bihar’s shelter homes by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) that singled out Balika Grih for “grave instances” of sexual violence, the girls have revealed chilling details in the court of being beaten up, confined, drugged and raped.Not a … [Read more...] about In Muzaffarpur’s shelter home, a web of silence shielded sexual abuse