General Crash – The Express Tribune

The author is an Islamabad-based TV journalist. He tweets @FarrukhKPitafi and may be reached at [email protected] 

India’s first Chief of Defence Workers Bipin Rawat perished in a helicopter crash together with 12 others a number of days in the past. I've already publicly supplied my condolences. His sudden departure has given start to a number of questions, some about the way forward for his newly minted places of work, some concerning the total route of the nation’s defence coverage. However for now, the South Asian media is obsessive about one thing that it has no qualification, capability, or information to evaluate — concerning the crash.

The Russian-made MI-17 V5 could be a extensively used dependable workhorse with superior avionics on board, however it's a chopper however liable to the identical vulnerabilities as every other. Simply go to its Wikipedia web page and skim the part titled “accidents and notable incidents”. You'll find an extended record of crashes since 2000 and since 2008 typically greater than as soon as every year. A tri-service inquiry has been ordered by the federal government. An overkill, in my humble view. Why? Effectively, let’s see how the Indian Navy’s experience proves helpful in probing Tamil Nadu’s topography. However even with such a excessive powered announcement, the drip drip drip of speculations, insinuations and conspiracy theories has continued. Sadly underneath Modi, the Indian mainstream media has turn out to be a one-trick pony and so divorced from info that it can not assist it. That’s why I've argued for lengthy that as an alternative of betting on the prophets of ignorance in case you make investments time and power in fair-minded professionals it's possible you'll discover them being honest to you as properly.

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