Author: Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat
Publisher: Manas Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170491282
This book chronicles Admiral Bhagwat's experiences with the 'powers that be', particularly during his last nine months in office. It focuses on his struggle to defend the Constitution and prevent the fabric of the armed forces from being vitiated by the influence of arms dealers, communal forces and pliant officers of doubtful moral fiber. In addition, various substantive issues including scams and deals affecting National Security have also been discussed.
Injustice leaves scars on the minds and soul of men and damage individuals as well as institutions. Neither Prime Minister A B Vajpayee, nor Defence Minister George Fernandes will be able to live down the monstrous wrong they perpetrated in dismissing Admiral Bhagwat from his post of Chief of Naval Staff. Though the dust has fallen on Bhagwat episode, yet in a democratic country it is essential that the common man gets to know the other side of the story.
This book seeks to demonstrate how the Government violated the provisions of the Constitution, Navy Act 1957 and Navy Regulations in an unprecedented political act, against the disciplinary framework of the armed forces, while dismissing the then Chief of Naval Staff.
The book also narrates the implications it has for demolishing the very foundations of justice and fair play enshrined in our constitution, which every soldier takes the oath, to defend.