Yesterday i was watching a debate on a premier news channel about Armed Forces vs Bureaucracy. a retired Lt general made quite a few valid observations. i will jus quite some some of them. 1. 1962 war was a disaster for Indian army. both defence minister krishna menon and army chief P N Thapar were forced to resign. but does any one know who was defence secretary during that period. why was he not sacked or forced to resign? 2. post 26/11, home minister shivraj patil was widely criticised and was eventually sacked. but wat abt home secretary? the point i am making is, it is the bureaucrats who run the country. the netas will come and go but babus will stay in chair. their lobby is so strong that even netas fear backlash. there is no accountability for babus. 3. this mindset has resulted in netas continuously lowering standard of Indian Armed forces. Army/Air Force/Navy chiefs are supposed to be on par with defence secretary but the fact is it is defence secy who runs the show along with other babus. The proposals keep getting piled up and delayed. the files are returned with flimsiest of reasons. they do not have any understanding of requirements. the army men are treated as outcast. it is important for govt to realise that u cannot ignore armed forces for this long.