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Issue No.: 574 | April 2015
 

Porbandar Boat Again

Ashok Karnik
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The sinking of a Pak boat off the coast of Porbandar ....could be a pointer to his irresponsible conduct
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The Dec 31, 2014 sinking of a Pak boat off the coast of Porbandar refused to lie buried. This time a garrulous DIG of the Coast Guard shot off his mouth claiming that he had ordered sinking of the Pakistan boat as he was averse to taking prisoners and feeding them biryani. This was like an American Wild West movie. One would have thought DIGs would be more mature than this. Besides, this ran totally counter to the Government’s claim that the crew of the boat set fire to the boat and sank it to avoid being caught. The DIG’s version was grabbed by Pakistan to debunk India’s allegation of a possible Pakistani hand in the terror boat incident; even the Congress Party here went to town on it to find fault with the BJP. The entire mess was sought to be cleared by the Government by releasing pictures of the burning boat; it hoped to prove that the boat was set on fire from within and not through an attack by the Coast Guard.
COUNTER POINT

The Coast Guard DIG happens to have an unsavoury record and was superseded by his juniors. This is not material to his revelations but could be a pointer to his irresponsible conduct. He was not in charge of the Porbandar operation, nor did he issue any orders to the Coast Guard ship to sink the suspect boat. Even then he had the gall to play the brave-heart who would not tolerate any Pakistani mischief. He caused enough damage to the Coast Guard and the Government by creating doubts about their credibility. His impending court martial for his outburst would not be enough to undo the damage. In such cases, truth always remains unclear. One lesson for our opposition party leaders: be careful when dealing with international issues; take time to examine and re-examine an international issue before making it a matter of dispute. The eagerness to damn the ruling party should not turn one into a weapon for the country’s adversary. Truth needs to be pursued but it can be done with finesse too!  
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