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"Sumathy and Deepan appeared before me in person and submitted a written representation stating that they had not proposed the nomination of Vishal Krishna, I was only getting offered the earthy,China solution, which lauds Beijings success in weapons development and manufactureis misconstrued: Chinas self-reliance has not produced new conventional weapons Chinese aircrafttanks and ships are quite ordinary platforms Its successes in nuclearmissilelaserand cyberwar technologies are all unconventional The causes of Chinese successes in unconventional military technologies are manybut it is worth remembering that the Chinese government has used an extensive spying campaign in pursuit of commercial and military secrets This consequences of the campaign are now catching up with Beijing as the United States and other Western powers gear up to prevent Chinese infiltration As an emerging powerIndia is better off being seen as a benign force It is better off buying technology rather than stealing it It is better off inviting the world to participate in its rise than keeping the world outside and suspicious Better off acting transparently in the defence marketplace even at the cost of sacrificing secrecy Better off reforming its procurement systemrather than winnowing down the market India buys weapons from foreign suppliers not only to develop military capacity but also to build relationships with other key countries that facilitate its rise The key instrument of economic efficiency in any marketpricingis mind-bogglingly inefficient when it comes to armaments Weapons in the same category made by different manufacturers are not readily comparableespecially at the higher rungs of the technology ladder There are too few sellers and even fewer buyers to make a truly competitive market Furtherthe value of a particular weapon-system in the context of a national security strategy is hard to calculate Tryfor examplefiguring out whether missiles or attack aircraft have greater utility; practically every government faced with the decision went with boththe most expensive and least efficient option Indias defence market faces these challenges and more We argued in our book Arming without Aiming that Indian military procurement is disconnected from national objectives Indian grand strategy de-emphasises the use of force and consequentlythe military receives little strategic guidance from the political leaders Prime Minister Manmohan Singhfor examplehas repeatedly said at conferences with Indian military commanders that the countrys primary threats are internalwithout publicly clarifying the role of the armed forces in meeting internal security challenges Only the Indian army participates in internal security operationsthat tooin well defined areas such as Kashmir; what should the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy do According to the Constitutionthe armed forces are not responsible for internal security The policewhich is responsible for domestic law and orderremains in the hands of the states and outside the ability of the Central government to reform On the military sidethe result is that the services are left to define the threats they believe the country faces and accordingly they appear to be preparing to fight three different wars against three different enemies Todaythe army thinks it needs an air force of its ownthe navy wants to acquire its own thermonuclear capabilityand the IAF appears to be planning for wars independent of the other two services India was one of the first countries in the world to integrate officer training at the NDA and the Staff College but everything else seems to be contributing to service rivalries Indias unified commands are feeble and there is no movement on a new combined defence chief Only actual wars and initial setbacks seem to produce inter-service cooperationsuch as between the army and the IAF in Kargil The problem is exacerbated by the lack of military expertise in the political and bureaucratic class Several retired defence secretaries we spoke with during the course of writing Arming without Aiming reported that it was not until their second or third postings in the ministry that they had acquired a sense of competence in the field Arun Singhone of the more respected defence ministers in Indian historyonce proposed keeping certain IAS and IFS officers in defence-related positions for much of their careers in effect creating a specialist cadre within the civilian bureaucracy Another option might be to bring in outside civilian experts from the academy or journalism into government for short-periods of time like in the American systembut the thought of lateral entry into the civil serviceor a defence cadre within the IASremains unthinkable The Indian defence industry is largely state-owned and has its own problems of bias and corruption that result in cost and quality losses for the armed forces The DRDO and the defence public sector units operate as a monopoly with attendant failures in innovationcostand accountability The scientific advisor to the defence ministerwho shapes procurement decisionsalso heads the military research labswhich puts him in the position of evaluating his own work in comparison with those of others This conflict of interest is not even seen as a source of corruption The continued absence of Indian firms in the defence marketplace reflects a deep-seated ideological bias against profit as a motive for productive action The expectation that Indian private industryif allowed entry into the military productionwill be less corrupt is misguided as well Doubtlessthe government will have greater control over an Indian seller than it does over a foreign supplierbut the actions of businesses alone do not cause corruption; government officials have to take bribes There is no reason to expect that Indian firms will not be asked to pay up to win contracts These dysfunctions persist behind the trope of secrecy Military-strategic matters are national secrets no doubtbut the process of buying weapons (that are already owned by other countries) hardly needs to be conducted in secret Similarlythe DRDOwhich is not building any unheard of weapon-systemshould conduct itself in full public view and allow its scientists to join the peer review system Closed-off organisations generally fail to innovate; little wonder that only 3 per cent of DRDO scientists and engineers have PhDs Opening up the military research and weapons procurement process to public view would reduce the potential for corruptionand it would not be worse than the present glacial acquisition process Indian defence badly needs reformbut the recommendations of several high-powered committees including those headed by Arun SinghNaresh Chandra and the irreplaceable K Subrahmanyam (Kargil review) remain ignored by several governments India needs to begin at the beginningwith a clearer vision of the role of the military and use of force in the countrys rise as a great power This vision must balance between domestic and external threats to securityinclude non-military challengespush through difficult reforms to enhance harmony across government agencies and departments and welcome transparency With defence matters not on the electoral agendawe are not very hopeful this will happen without the shock of another crisis Dasgupta is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings InstitutionWashington DC Cohen is senior fellowforeign policyat Brookings For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 21 2017 12:00 pm Kejriwal in Bawana on Sunday (Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey) Related News Addressing a large gathering at Shahbad Dairy in the run-up to the Bawana bypoll — scheduled for August 23 — Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal Sunday attacked Ved Prakash the BJP candidate from Bawana saying that he had betrayed the party Kejriwal said that Prakash had “not once” come to him with the problems in the constituency Prakash had in March resigned from the AAP and joined the BJP He said “Two years ago you held a massive meeting here you had given lot of votes but we made a mistake We gave ticket to the wrong person He did not come to me even once and has not come to me even once to tell me that what problems the people of Bawana are facing” He was campaigning for AAP candidate Ramchandra a local from the area “In two years we have ensured that water has reached 309 colonies through pipelines Sheila Dixit could not do it in 15 years If we can give water in 309 colonies the same could be done at Shahbad Dairy if he would have come to us even once… At least the work would have started He has betrayed us He has betrayed the party as well” he added “If the water crisis doesn’t get resolved in the next six-seven months I won’t come back to ask for your vote” Adding that the AAP was the only party that could get work done he added “In Delhi AAP runs the government So the work has to be done by the AAP government The BJP can’t get it done the Congress can’t get it done They can fight with us but they can’t do your work Only we can get your work done” After taking rounds of the constituency he said there were three main problems in the area — unavailability of water broken roads and dearth of schools “A world class school is being constructed which costs Rs 35 crore In six months this school will be constructed I know your children have to go very far and buses are also a problem but just bear with me for six months” he said On people’s complaints of inflated electricity bills Kejriwal said they could come to his residence anytime at 10 am without taking prior appointment For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Karuna Nundy | Updated: June 16 2014 8:30 am Let us be clear — women’s safety depends on political will Related News A judge off-duty saw some men enter the family home a few days ago By the time they left she had been sexually attacked forced to drink pesticide and left unconscious — the latest survivor of India’s growing crisis of gender violence Her story captures everything that is wrong with our short-sighted response to the abuse and humiliation of women that is becoming a hallmark of our society Could there be a more heartbreaking example of the ad hoc attitude of our state institutions to citizens Perhaps there could Perhaps it would be the two young girls found swinging from a mango tree last month or the subsequent spate of hangings their death inspired Or perhaps it would be the housewife allegedly raped by a minister Or the tittering indifference of our politicians men who claim to lead but say that rape is “sometimes right” that “boys will be boys” or that it occurs “by accident” Let us be clear — women’s safety depends on political will A myth is sometimes put out that development can cure this sickness While the frequency of violence against women varies across countries our conviction rate of 26 per cent is above that of France at less than 10 per cent Eleven per cent of our parliamentarians are women in England that figure is 23 per cent In the US Congress it is only 18 per cent In this country though the people have risen and are looking to this government to act as never before Luckily we have an action plan for governance Economists lawyers academics and grassroots women’s organisations have brought together research data and field experience in the National Womanifesto that I helped draft It’s simple it’s also sufficient to prevent a lot of this violence and bring better justice and equality This could be the starting point of a real plan for government There are encouraging signs that the government will tackle this The new prime minister used his first speech in the Lok Sabha to call for women to be respected and protected and to pledge that the government would act The language used is of safety and protection while the Constitution speaks of freedoms and liberties for all But there is an important overlap and his words are welcome They will mean nothing though without concrete steps to tackle the problem We need laws to be enforced so inevitably that they will deter violence Against the rapists in Badaun but also in Jaipur and Muzaffarnagar in media houses and government quarters Police reforms need to happen yes but service rules for police prosecutors and trial judges also need to change — so recruitment promotion and penalties include gender metrics And each ministry needs to sit down and list exactly what it will take to make sure women are safe — more police more judges more training chair and tables protocols — and lay this out before the finance ministry We need to prevent violence before it happens — pilot studies in schools also hearts and minds campaigns targeting men and boys so that they grow up knowing deep within themselves that women are equal Women who have been raped need real support not pity The Central government needs to work with state governments to scale-up assistance to rape victims by opening 24-hour crisis and support centres and legal aid should be made available to ensure that no rapist walks free because his victim lacked the resources to see the case through And we must put women in power Women must be represented in every decision-making body in the country and men who have committed sexual crimes must be disqualified from public office The casual misogyny we see in the Lok Sabha must be stamped out and women’s voices heard so their wisdom and leadership can help us solve this crisis Of course if we are serious about cutting out this cancer we must focus on where it’s ugliest — the police It cannot be that the people we entrust with our safety laugh in our faces when we report our loved ones missing as happened to the father of one of the girls strung up last month The hard-won law of 2013 allowing police officers to be prosecuted if they fail to follow fair criminal procedure needs to be used and often We must tackle discrimination against women in every way it manifests itself We cannot ignore the caste divisions that drive so many of these attacks and we must work to root out institutionalised violence against “lower-caste”women making sure that neither caste nor gender are a barrier to land rights or employment which have proved important to transform the fortunes of women in society all over the world Finally we must recognise that our Central and state governments exist to guarantee our freedoms to lead towards ending the violence that chips away at the essence of our country It is not only our children hanging from trees it is something of ourselves The writer is an advocate in the Supreme Court For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Published: June 2 2017 4:10 am Related News TO ALLOW the agency to install household connections for water and sewer in the capital the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) Act 1998 is likely to be modified in an upcoming Assembly session The decision was taken at a DJB meeting held by the newly appointed water minister Rajendra Pal Gautam Thursday Presently the DJB Act maintains that “after obtaining the sanction for water connection from the Board the delivery pipe shall be laid by the consumer through a licenced plumber at his own cost” The present rules for installation of household pipes for sewerage too stipulate that the cost be borne by consumers Officials Thursday explained “For example eastern Delhi has 100 per cent sewerage connection In spite of that in many areas we have found that household waste still ends up in stormwater drains This is because consumers aren’t too keen to spend money” Officials however said that no decision has been taken yet as “to whether the cost of new pipes and its installation will be borne by the Delhi government or the customer” A DJB official said “The water quality supplied by the DJB is very clean However because of improper installation of these pipes the water gets contaminated on the way to households” Gautam said “The effort is to ensure that every one in Delhi has access to clean and clear drinking water Everyone in the government is committed to ensure this” For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related Newscom/lJMN73JDvl — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 22 June 2017 07:15 pm: Hello and welcome to the coverage of the quarter-final match between India and Malaysia from the Hockey World League Semi-final from London. download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Snehil Sinha | Chandigarh | Published: August 19, Raman says he’ll go and get it from somewhere and goes to look around.Khera has acted in six short films produced by Subhash Ghai? 2016 12:37 pm Neha Bhasin feels music videos should have singers as performers rather than film stars.”We have not got sponsors’ 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