Nearly five months after the BrahMos missile misfiring incident took place on March 9, 2022, the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a responsible and accountable force in the country has taken a punitive action against the three officers found responsible for the incident by terminating their services with immediate effect.
The accidental fire could have become the cause for an end to the new ceasefire pact between the neighbouring countries—India and Pakistan, which have fought three wars and engaged in numerous skirmishes in the past several decades.
The present dispensation in the centre has made tremendous efforts to ensure peace along the Line of Control (LoC) with the neighbouring country and the forces signed a new ceasefire pact, which came into effect from midnight February 24-25, 2021.
However, such an incident could have played a spoilsport in the peace initiatives taken by the government. More than that, such an irresponsible dereliction of the duty cannot be expected from a responsible and accountable force.
Established 90 years ago in 1932, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had a motto “Touch the Sky with Glory”, which has been taken from the 11th chapter of the holy Gita, the Discourse given by the Lord Krishna to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra during the Great War of Mahabharata. Such a motto indicates that the priority of this particular force is to maintain discipline, charm, respect and spread the wings with pride and honor. Therefore, the incident that of March 09, 2022 was no way favourable for the objectives and motives of the IAF and thus the punitive action was the need of the hour to make people aware that such negligence as well as the irresponsible attitude is not acceptable in the force.
Besides, terminating the services of three IAF officers has also sent a message to the world that the country is always in the favour of peace and any interference in the peace progress will not be tolerated and those responsible will have to face the wrath.
Any negligence akin to that of March 09, 2022 is and should not be tolerated in any way and the forces should send a message to their quarters to maintain high care while performing the duties as the dereliction will be dealt with strictly.