An Explanation in Futility : The History of Tatra Deal
It has become a normal practice for governments in power – both centre and states – to dig out the origin of many contract deals and financial transactions and attribute the anomalies, short comings and wrong doings to the previous government, particularly when it is the opposition. On assuming the office, the minister concerned should go into various financial issues in detail that he should now required to manage. Ministers should not keep it pending or hidden any such issues, until they are brought to light or criticized by some one else. The Defence Minister AK Anthony’s explanation regarding the ‘history of Tatra deal’ in the parliament is one such example, where in he sought to blame the NDA government. Anthony should realize and show magnanimity to consider that the government is a continuing institution. Who ever comes to power in turn, must guide this institution forward and not to act as a road blocks, taking protection under the pretext of blame game.
If there is glaring defects of favoritism in the Tatra deal, it is for the defence minister to bring the same to the notice of the Cabinet and thoroughly explore the matter with a view to expose the involved corruption and disadvantages. The present attitude of doing so only when things go wrong or when get exposed is a bad precedence. Certainly not conducive to continuous and efficient functioning of the government
Major (retd) Mathew Oommen
Alstonia, Nyati Estate