A LETTER TO THE EDITOR THE TIMES OF INDIA
To: The Editor The Times of India New Delhi
In, and the other of a jet fighter in a foreign country. The heading (page 11) given to the MiG crash pathetically announces: "FLYING COFFINS?". You have been frequently using this ominous description for the MiG aircraft of the IAF. However, the heading (page 21) given to the report on crash of the jet fighter in the foreign country majestically declares: "SPECTACULAR NOSEDIVE"!
What a sublime contrast in presenting two similar events in TOI under your stewardship! The heading used for the IAF MiG jet crash is neither humour nor a clever turn of the phrase nor indeed anything even remotely expressing sympathy or support for the Armed Forces personnel. What is it, then?
A friend here calls it a "cold, calculated affront--highly disgraceful on the part of the reporter who has filed this story and the supervisory(?) staff that has let it pass through." He further adds, somewhat poetically: "It is akin to 'jis thaali mein khaanaa usi mein shaid karnaa ' i.e. 'to p(r)ick holes in the very plate that feeds you."
Three cheers for The Times of India! What rich returns are "Freedom of the Press" bestowed on TOI getting for the readers, security forces and the countrymen! What all we must have done to deserve you, Sir? And, who are your bosses/ masters/ paymasters? We may have to take up with them sometimes.
Meanwhile, please desist from using this "FLYING COFFINS?" nomenclature for Indian Air Force planes in future. You also owe an apology immediately to the Armed Forces for the gross disrespect shown and indignity heaped on the Air Warriors of IAF and the weapons used by them for the defence of the country and its people including you and me.
Wing Commander SC Kapoor (retd)
Member Indian Ex Servicemen Movement
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