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Ravi
Ravi
1 year ago

Order of Precedencel from soldier to the Cheifs needs to be relooked and revised upwards.
A lowly clerk in the cool environs of an office cannot be compared to a soldier in the front.
Similarly for all ranks.
Enough risking lives for dominance by arrogant babus.

Rai Gujar
Rai Gujar
Reply to  Ravi
1 year ago

1. I salute the ex IAF for putting across his views so courageously .
2. Hope the worthy RM finds time to go through them which will serve him a valuable check list. The expectations from the RM are very high.
3. Such endeavors should be taken by many other Veterans from time to time to share their unique and vast experiences. This will overcome the shortcomings of ground knowledge & experience of babua and politicians.
Jai hind

Nagarajan
Nagarajan
1 year ago

Well written open letter.
Would RM mind to read such a letter !!!
Hope so !!!!!!!
Timely inputs to the RM !

J Singh
J Singh
1 year ago

This letter typically states problems or hindrances faced by top echelons of Indian armed forces. This letter presents one sided view and appears to be focused on achieving near Monopoly on defence matters..
This doesn’t speak of growing unhappiness amongst mid level officers and Airmen.This also doesn’t speak about opening up of decision making processes other than ops matters..

Praadeep
Praadeep
1 year ago

Very aptly summed up and put forward.

Deekay
Deekay
1 year ago

Very well articulated views…should help RM formulate his action plan, if he is sincere to the job at hand.

Raghu
Raghu
Reply to  Deekay
1 year ago

Would this former Air Chief have read a letter of a similar nature whilst in office, if written by a midrung officer ?
You feed the beast and then the beast feeds on you.

Phani Kumar
Phani Kumar
1 year ago

Very well written sir. Regards

Vinod
Vinod
1 year ago

Well written…but our senior most guy should also hav balls …..should not always blame babus….just 4 a rank a guy sidelined his superiors…wat about military history teaching us dat their were officers who told politicians straight away dat i ll not take over as xyz is senior to me…leave it…first of all we have to have balls ….pehle apna ghar thik karo den kisi aur ko blame karo…a governor rank is much more sought after …bahut kuch hai likhne ko but kya karen….atleast we can learn from ias/ips lobby…how steong dey r…dey fight 4 everything together…but us…sad

Ashok Leekha
Ashok Leekha
1 year ago

An excellent brief open letter by an ex Chief Of Air staff, Air Chief Mshl PV Naik to our Hon’ble Raksha Mantri on his assuming command of Defence Forces as a Defence Minister. He is most suitable person for the job. We Veterans are sure as usual he will deliver. He is a doer and will do everything best for our AF.He will help in making all three services improve their professional skill and be strong to give a befitting reply to our adversaries across the border on two vital fronts. He needs to raise the morale of three fighting… Read more »

Ashok
Ashok
1 year ago

An excellent letter/article on the maladies afflicting the Armed Forces & its relations with the bureaucracy. Hard hitting, brutally frank and to the point. Mr Rajnath Singh would do well to read this letter himself & take appropriate action if National security is paramount in his perception.

Vinay
Vinay
Reply to  Ashok
1 year ago

Well said sir.

Chandramohanan
Chandramohanan
1 year ago

Hats off to Ex Air Chief.. Conveyed to the Point without any ambiguity.. We hope RM is wise enough to ponder over the problems and solutions suggested.

Majakc
Majakc
1 year ago

Wish this ACM letter clears the bureaucratic bottleneck and reaches RM. The forces have been suffering too long. Time to heal the wounds given by bureaucrats.

J.N.Mullick
J.N.Mullick
1 year ago

This matter has already been over delayed and it is high time to do justice.

Inba
Inba
1 year ago

The foreign affairs is assigned to a foreign secretary who just retired. In the same lines really at a loss to understand as to why defence cannot be given to an ex general or any one who has been with the Armed Forces for a brief period. Only then can some one understand the whole issue. Without military service one can’t just see,hear and read and understand the whole game by babus . Or just ask as to how and how much will MOD be held accountable if there’s a failure in war.

RAKESH NANDA
RAKESH NANDA
1 year ago

A very relevant and informative letter covering what is ailing our Defence Forces today. It will pay rich dividends if R M will follow the advice rendered by the Ex CAS.

Brig Dinesh Mathur
Brig Dinesh Mathur
1 year ago

Sir,
On PV Naik’s letter to RM, I hold contrarian views.
What must happen is a joint ex Chiefs meeting with RM in person. If all ex Chiefs shed their egos and discuss all the points face to face is far better than than letters. We may have a negative response to individual letters of Chiefs. I would recommend Mr Rajiv Chandershekar MP be involved.
Best wishes
Brig Dinesh Mathur
Ex 103 GD(P) Course

Ashim
Ashim
Reply to  Brig Dinesh Mathur
1 year ago

I agree totally with Dubboo Mathur Sir. The only hurdle is will the Babus allow such a meeting to take place?
The RM must take the initiative and have periodic meetings with former Chiefs of all three Services, without interference by the Babus (they must be present but only to note down the points to record the Minutes of the Meeting; that’s what they are actually meant to do!), so that there is direct exchange of information and views. The same Chiefs must not be called for every meeting. That will give the RM a well rounded perspective. Ashim

sk Arora
sk Arora
1 year ago

Would like to thank Air Chief Marshal for bringing out the facts adversally affecting the functioning of AF & the remidial measures. Ur contribution to AF by way of this open letter to RM will open many chapters to safeguard the intersts of AF in general & NATION in particular. I hope other ex & serving Chiefs also hold the initiative taken by the Air Marshal Naik. Good Luck AFs. Jai Hind

Col HARISH RASTOGI
Col HARISH RASTOGI
1 year ago

A very well drafted letter, accurate and to the point. An eye opener and the illustrious new RM would do well to take note of matters mentioned by the ex Air Chief Marshal. Since I have also served with him at the Barrielly Air Base where he was Chief Ops Officer, I can say it comes from his heart. Hats off, PVN Sir, for a very well documented open letter to RM.

Arun Bhaskaran
Arun Bhaskaran
1 year ago

Superb and well-thought out suggestions to our new Raksha Mantri by Air Chief Marshal P.V.Naik (Retd.)!
It is high time, that besides providing the necessary “tools” urgently required by our armed forces to defend our country or fight a war, it is imperative that closer integration of the three services is worked out for better coordination in a theatre of war.

The appointment of a CDS with adequate powers should be finalised immediately.

And last but not the least, restoration of the “izzat” of the soldier, starting with the Warrant of Precedence, pay anomalies etc.

D. K. Bhambri
D. K. Bhambri
1 year ago

An excellent article. Brings out various malises the armed forces are facing today. I hope the honourable RM will spare time to not only read the letter but also address the various issues brought out there in at his earlest . I have great respect for Mr Rajnath Singh and was truely elated when l learnt that he is our new RM. I feel he is the most suitable person for the job. Being the second most senior cabinet minister the serving and retired faujis have great hope and expectations from him. I am sure he will live up to… Read more »

Murli Menon
Murli Menon
1 year ago

Super write up which the new RM would hopefully imbibe ..many of these aspects would have got addressed if our nation had a culture of periodic armed forces reviews as other leading militaries do!

Col Pramod kumar
Col Pramod kumar
1 year ago

A letter to the point. All imp issues very well highlighted. I feel RM will take pride in his work and military will get benefitted. Weldone Veteran Chief.

Cmde VB Iyer, VSM( Retd)
Cmde VB Iyer, VSM( Retd)
1 year ago

A very precise and unambiguous , open letter to the RM. I wonder who will open this letter for the RM and who will put it up to him – will it be put up at all or will the letter be pasted with a ‘post it’ giving the Air Chief Marshal’s biodata and saying, ” all issues will be looked into, reply letter is being drafted and will be put up to RM”

Deepak Kher
Deepak Kher
1 year ago

A well articulated letter which essentially covers all the facets that affect the Armed Forces. The interference of the bureaucracy in routine functioning has also been nicely brought out. Civilian supremacy and frequent use of Armed Forces for Aid to Civil Authority have also been well covered. Hope RM reads it, doesn’t give it to a Babu to summarise

Major Arun Phatak
Major Arun Phatak
1 year ago

I am so happy to read this article which must be read by RM personally and not given to a Babu to paraphrase and put up to him If he follows the sane advice in this document to the tee He will revolutionise the MOD entire Armed Forces ( serving & retired ) will feel proud that their prestige has been restored by this new bold ,strong and decisive RM who will go down the history as the Best RM who could not be manipulated by Babus for their own selfish desire to control AF Very well written article Pradeep… Read more »

Colonel abhay patwardhan
Colonel abhay patwardhan
1 year ago

I hope RM will atleast reason the points put up by ex Air Chief.if it is left to babu’s to interpret, whole exercise is a waste.Preybetter sense prevails.Amen.

Ashutosh
Ashutosh
1 year ago

Dear Sir
Very practical and important issues . Need to be understood and addressed by Raksha Mantri to have an effective and combat ready Armed Forces. National security is our collective responsibility .
Regards Ashutosh

Sanjay Sangwan
Sanjay Sangwan
1 year ago

Well thought out worthy advice for good of the nation, the ministry and the Services especially in the transition times the region is experiencing.

Lt Gen .V.M.Patil
Lt Gen .V.M.Patil
1 year ago

Congratulations to ACM PVN. Professional approach with facts out across frankly and honestly from his vast knowledge, background and experience. Urgent need to carry forward from this letter to RM by all of us , who have national interests at heart. Nitin you will get one more view by Saturday . It will contain many issues which we 4 have had the privilege to share with late MP between 2014 to2016. Take it for whatever is it’s worth.

Colonel Ram K Sharma
Colonel Ram K Sharma
1 year ago

An excellent initiative. May I request for Air Cheif Marshal Naik e mail and postal address to enable me offer my full support and dedicated follow up.

Col Arun Mamgain
Col Arun Mamgain
1 year ago

The former Chief has spoken well.
May The Lord bless the govt the ability to see the writing on the wall,it is too late already.
Will his Babu put this up on file?
An ageing AN 32 is down,many lessons to learn.RM ji should find time for his Def Forces.
If this govt doesn’t then no other will.

Gp Capt G Saxena, Veteran
Gp Capt G Saxena, Veteran
1 year ago

Kudos to Naik sir, for compiling all the complex & compelling issues the AF and MOD is beseeched with. Very well articulated. Question is whether they will be taken off the drawing board and dealt with on ground.
Gp Capt G Saxena, Veteran. Lucknow

Raky
Raky
1 year ago

Hope the RM reads it in right earnest and adopts the suggestions and recommendations…

Lt Col R. D. Sharma
Lt Col R. D. Sharma
1 year ago

Most balanced, accurate and timely advice from a Chief who has gone through the mill. Hon. RM is a mature seasoned and capable leader. Hope, he reads every word of it with a free mind, free from bias and without leaning on advisers.

R A Sharma
R A Sharma
1 year ago

What’s so ever suggestive important point written in the letter to R M, are repetetion of points conveyed to various athorties and PMO. One Babu will underline the points raised, which do not fall in line ofGovt policies resulting NFA remark and file it. All aspects of Armd forces are well known to burocrates and decisions are taken accordingly. Do not miss chances of Raj Matri/ Governor.Do not take my comments to heart but face the reality of the day. thanks

Surinder
Surinder
1 year ago

Sh. Rajnath Singh ji, is a learned, seasoned & experienced heavy weight politician. IAFs & MoD are lucky. But, the anti- IAFs culture created & supported by the IAS & Civilian Officers’ Lobby, would be a Herculean Challenge for any RM or PM, to confront & still survive successfully. Veteran, Air Chief Marshal PV Naik’s recommendations are very articulately comprehensive & highly appreciated. Today’s, the most burning requirement in the Government, is to shift the mind set & focus of our MoD, to the “Singularuty of Purpose”, from “anti IAFs” to “in- favour- of IAFs”. It is not the Gun,… Read more »

Dhruv
Dhruv
1 year ago

Excellent. Fortunately it is for the first time that a rational and considerably heavy weight politician has been placed at the helms of affairs of MOD, I only hope he listens to the advice of Generals, Admirals and Sir Sirf Mashal to set the MOD tight rather than be guided by bureaucrats in the mod who have no knowledge of what fighting the enemy within and outside involves. There would be a great hope in the new Raksha mantry if he listens to his own intellect rather than be guided by others specially the beaurocrats in his ministery.

Dhruv
Dhruv
1 year ago

Excellent. Fortunately it is for the first time that a rational and considerably heavy weight politician has been placed at the helms of affairs of MOD, I only hope he listens to the advice of Generals, Admirals and Air Chief Mashals to set the MOD right rather than be guided by bureaucrats in the mod who have no knowledge of what fighting the enemy within and outside involves. There would be a great hope in the new Raksha mantry if he listens to his own intellect and the experts in field rather than be guided by others specially the beaurocrats… Read more »

Raj Pargat Singh
Raj Pargat Singh
1 year ago

Absolutely on the target. Also needs relook in promotion systems. We need fit for war men and not arm chair administrators. Cantt and military station upkeep should not need fighting soldiers. MES and Cantt Boards require urgent revamping. Realistic training and preparation for operational task must be the key points.

babu2cat1@gmail.com
babu2cat1@gmail.com
1 year ago

A very sane, in depth and practical hints from a guy, a through bred professional leader and ex chief who has an intimate and personal awareness and complexities of the issues involved.

Hope it reaches trhe ears/ mind/so of Sri Rajnath ingh Jeee

Ramesh Sharma
Ramesh Sharma
1 year ago

Excellent article . The advice rendered should be followed by the RM, the Babus and Men in uniform. All have a role to play and contribute positively. The facts given by the experienced ex Air Chief are out of sheer experience . Should this advice be ignored , it’s at the cost of the security of the country.

Col H S Singha
Col H S Singha
Reply to  Ramesh Sharma
1 year ago

A very comprehensive and future looking experience mentioned in the form of a very logical letter. I very sincerely wish that serving Generals should put up such notes to the RM as proof of their loyalty and dedication to service. Let us wait and pray that Chanakya’s advice reaches the P M. Col H S Singha @ hssingha@ yahoo.co.in.

Dr V N Jha
Dr V N Jha
1 year ago

I know Air Chief Mshl Naik who hardly believed in talking for the sake of talk….but when he talked, it meant a lot, the heavens…. Although the entire letter is fully relevant, two narratives touch the readers the most… 1. “Do not concern yourself with routine. Nothing would please the bureaucracy more than to tie you up with routine and the mundane”. 2. ” Try to clear the way for Private sector to participate in Defence production. Try to create a level playing field. They are ever so willing to contribute. I would urge you to view HAL and DRDO… Read more »

Brig BU Kumar (Retd)
Brig BU Kumar (Retd)
1 year ago

A very apt, pointed and timely epistle- written in a true military fashion. RM must take time to read and analyse the contents, perhaps have a meeting with the author and ideally share it with the PM. RM ideally must call for a ‘chai pe charcha’ with maximum retired Chiefs of all three Services and find out the ills haunting the Military of late. Current Chiefs must put their heads down and ask themselves what each of them have done to make things better. In fact, ‘jointmanship’ must start at the Chiefs’ level. Perhaps this will be better facilitated by… Read more »

N R Kanthy
N R Kanthy
1 year ago

Very well said Sir. I dont think the message could have been any clearer.
Warm Regards
Ranjan Kanthy

Gulani
Gulani
1 year ago

If all this exist we bow our heads to forces that they still kept us safe. Mr RM will do get rid of f these. We want to see action sir

Col N K Jain
Col N K Jain
1 year ago

Show casing of the ailments of current system has been drafted nicely. I commend sir marshal of his deep understanding of the malaise and also having courage to pen it.

Col V P Kapoor
Col V P Kapoor
1 year ago

A very diligent,based on facts and the ‘ Us ve Them’ syndrome is very old. Right from Nehru till UPA-2 the Armed forces have been ridiculed ,illequipped and kept pace with modernisation the world Armies have gone thro.The Public Sector Def ordance factories though form part of Def Budget but their performance is Babu oriented. These be decentralised and industry be geared to meet the Armed forces demand. HAL is the biggest white elephant which has not given a single aircraft to The AF nor provided proper maint to the MIGs. Sir keep the tail short and take the white… Read more »

KMajumdar
KMajumdar
1 year ago

As Babus are ruling and are well trenched they will not allow the RM to function freely along with the 3 Chiefs.
Many Chiefs and senior officers have written earlier too but of no consequence. Only hope a start can me made by the new RM of such a seniority. Decision making is a big problem with most Politicians but lot of expectations from Rajnath Singh. Only future will tell.

Col V P Kapoor
Col V P Kapoor
1 year ago

A very diligent and professional advice , my gratitude to Air Marshal Naik. The policy from Nehru to UPA-2 has been of degrading the soldier, not serious in regular modernisation and replacement of obsolete items of equipment. The Ord factories being Def Budget need to be privatised for better management and get out of ‘ sarkari damaad’ culture. HAL needs to be stream lined as it has not given a single aircraft nor carried proper maintenance of MIGs which was outsourced to them let industry care.

Lt Col RP Singh
Lt Col RP Singh
1 year ago

The letter suggest actions to be taken by The Govt for The Govt to strengthen the defence of The Nation Governed by them👌

P L Choudhar
P L Choudhar
1 year ago

Very well written….all issues addressed in brief….definitely some people laugh on it as norm in our country….but I m sure seeing the personality of Mr Rajnath Singh….he will definitely spent time on this letter and will restore the “Morale & Izzat” of Armed Forces….

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