Thursday, June 29, 2023

Corruption in the Indian army? Is there truth in this? What are the big scandals?

 There have been several corruption scandals involving the Indian Army over the years. Some of the biggest scandals are:

  • Bofors scandal: A major corruption scandal in India in the 1980s and 1990s, initiated by Congress politicians
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  • Kargil coffin scam: A scam involving the purchase of cheap wooden coffins for soldiers who died during the Kargil War
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  • Adarsh scam: A scam involving the construction of a high-rise building in Mumbai meant for war widows and veterans, but was instead occupied by politicians, bureaucrats, and military officials
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  • Barak missile scandal: A scam involving the purchase of Barak missiles from Israel
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  • VVIP helicopter deal: A scandal involving the purchase of helicopters for VVIPs, in which a former Air Chief was found guilty of taking bribes
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  • Corruption in high rank officers: According to a recent article, there is deep-rooted corruption in the Indian Army, comprising of "patronage of high rank officers" and linkage with "corrupt politicians"
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  • Finmeccanica deal: A $750 million deal to buy helicopters from Finmeccanica SpA was put on hold after the arrest of the head of the Italian defence group, due to allegations of bribery. India suspended the deal until a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was complete
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These scandals have tarnished the reputation of the Indian Army and raised concerns about corruption within the institution.

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