Manmohan Bahadur, Additional Director General, Centre for Air Power Studies, Delhi, who retired as Air Vice Marshal of IAF, and has been an ace helicopter pilot, UN soldier and dabbles in Security and strategic issues, has expressed surprise over an opinion column published by ThePrint questioning Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, the new Chief of Air Staff, who claimed at a press conference that Indian Air Force would now “throw its entire weight behind the fifth generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA)”.
In a Saturday night tweet, Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur (Retd) has taken a dig at ThePrint and said “So surprising to read a ‘technical’ assessment being addressed to an Experimental Test Pilot, Cat-A flying instructor, Project pilot Tejas, ex-ASTE (IAF’s Flight Test Establishmnt) and ex-Dy Chief who looked after procurement.” He has gone on to add: “May be
ThePrint could have checked with someone knowledgeable.
This tweet comes in response to another tweet by senior editor and journalist Shekhar Gupta relying completely on ThePrint and blowing up the quote: ‘Air Chief Bhadauria’s focus on homegrown AMCA shows IAF learnt nothing from Tejas failure’.
The pointer by Manmohan Bahadur shows that journalism is becoming a casualty not only due to ill-trained players entering the field but also due to the casual attitude of the seniors who, at times, instead of dealing with news give in to the shallow incentive of themselves remaining in news. This leaves nothing for the new breed of journalists to look forward to or to emulate.