Rajiv Gandhi didn’t misuse INS Viraat, say retired naval officers
NEW DELHI: Top retired naval officers on Thursday strongly refuted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that Rajiv Gandhi, his family and friends had used aircraft carrier INS Viraat as a “personal taxi” for a 10-day holiday in Lakshadweep in December 1987.
Vice Admiral Vinod Pasricha (retd), the then captain of INS Viraat, and former Navy chief Admiral L Ramdas (retd), the then the Kochi-based Southern Naval Command (SNC) chief, said Rajiv Gandhi was on board the aircraft carrier for two-three days on official duty as the PM.
Moreover, no foreign nationals like Sonia Gandhi’s mother or friends of the Gandhis like film star Amitabh Bachchan ever embarked on INS Viraat, as is being alleged, added the officers.
时任“维拉特”号舰长，海军中将维诺德·帕斯理查(已退役)以及时任科钦南部海军司令部司令，前海军上将 L拉姆达斯 (已退役)均表示时任总理拉吉夫·甘地当时曾在这艘航母上执行了两三天的公务。然而并没有外国人或者甘地家族的朋友登上过“维拉特”号，包括索尼娅·甘地的母亲以及电影明星阿米塔布·巴强也没登上 维拉特号航母。
Vice Admiral Pasricha, however, said he had “no idea” about the vacation of Rajiv Gandhi, his family, in-laws and friends at Bangaram atoll in the Lakshwadeep archipelago, which had generated some controversy at that time for the alleged misuse of official machinery. “The vacation may have happened separately … I don’t know,” he told TOI.
“But the remarks (of PM Modi at an election rally on Wednesday) about INS Viraat being used as a personal taxi are totally wrong. Rajiv, accompanied by his wife Sonia, son Rahul and two IAS officials, did stay on board INS Viraat for two-three days. But he was on an official tour to Lakshadweep to chair a meeting of the Islands Development Authority,” said Vice Admiral Pasricha, talking to TOI.
“Rajiv, Sonia and the officials, used a helicopter to visit five-six islands to meet people and hold meetings. They would return to spend the night on INS Viraat. At no point were there any foreign nationals or visitors to the carrier. All that has been said (by PM Modi) is totally incorrect,” he added.
Admiral Ramdas, who also was then on board INS Viraat, in turn, issued a statement to rebut PM Modi’s claims after talking to Vice Admiral Pasricha as well Admiral Arun Prakash (retd) and Vice Admiral Madanjit Singh (retd), who were commanding warships accompanying the aircraft carrier for a fleet exercise at that time.
Rajiv and Sonia had used a helicopter to embark on board INS Viraat from Thiruvananthapuram (then Trivandrum) on way to Agatti in Lakshwadeep. “There were no foreigners with them. As the flag officer commanding-in-chief of the SNC, I hosted a dinner for them on board INS Viraat. There were no other parties held on board INS Viraat or for that matter any other ship in our fleet during that time,” said Admiral Ramdas.
PM Modi, incidentally, has himself embarked on aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (INS Viraat was decommissioned in March 2017) in June 2014 and December 2015. Modi’s predecessors like Manmohan Singh and A B Vajpayee, too, have spent time on board warships as part of the naval tradition to host the “PM’s Day at Sea”.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/47599.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Shailja Tripathi • india • 17 mins ago
AAP is not only Anti-HIndu, he is misogynist. AAP have degraded women. Somnath Bharti insulted an anchor on TV. No action was taken against him by Kejriwal or AAP. AAP must be dissolved.
Yash Parmar • 17 hours ago
I left for USA when last coalition govt was formed and puppet PM was installed. India has no future. When someone like Modi wants to serve the nation self-lessly, people wants to pull him down by hook or crook, so they can have free hands at scam. Even common people get carried away by these scamsters’ propoganda against Modi. I read this news to see if people have changed, but unfortunately, it seems it will be another century before people will realize what is in their best interest. Reading all ... Read More
Yash Parmar • 4 hours ago
@Yash Parmer, don't be boastful about yourself that you left for USA for good.
I left for USA too. I lived 7 yrs there and I returned because I love India and I'm concerned about India unlike you. There are many like me who did the same.
Woof Woofer • 3 hours ago
??? Went back voluntarily?? Atleast be honest & tell that you were laid off by the company and you were required to get out of the country within short stipulated time under H1 Visa..
Rugved • 16 hours ago
Retired naval officers are congi paid dogs
Jay J • 4 hours ago
Admiral das supported congress from 2014 see go
Rugved • 6 hours ago
And all go nment job holders from ur family can also be said so. Such a shame that u don''t respect our veterans. This shows the real character. Modi is just stirring up fire for his own benefit.
Vivek Jalan • 16 hours ago
Modi wont say without manageable proof... you can not question his kutt niti... its so shut your mouth and njoy ur pension...
vivek jalan • 4 hours ago
Modi never has any bases for what he says except his faith in blind followers like you...and you never fail him
vivek jalan • 6 hours ago
Modi and truth is a joke. He is a liar. Keep falling for his lies. Pathological liar.
Viswanath P • 1 hour ago
I am true Jan Sanghi but will vote for Congress because of Modi Ji''s uttrences about our former PM Rajiv Ji....
Amit • Here And There • 10 hours ago
WHAT WAS THE WIFE SONIA AND SON RAHUL DOING ON HUSBAND AND FATHER RAJIV'S OFFICIAL DUTY? NO OTHER PM OF INDIA IN THE PAST TOOK THE SPOUSE OR CHILDREN ALONG ON OFFICIAL DUTY. THIS PROVES RAJIV GANDHI USED THE CARRIER FOR PERSONAL USE AS WELL. TECHNICALLY SPEAKING, RAJIV GANDHI MISUSED HIS POWER AS PM. THE PM OF INDIA IS NOT THE SUPREME COMMANDER OF THE ARMED FORCES OR ITS VEHICLES.
Amit Bhattacharjie • bengaluru • 3 hours ago
Supreme Commander of armed forces is the President and not the PM. The misuse widely reported and criticized even by your paper the. Why this about turn now. Is it paid article?
Official trip does not require a flotilla to carry him and his foreign entourage!
Som Patil • 10 hours ago
What a shame that all the navy officers have suddenly poking their noses in politics and defending Cong crooks....
Mangesh Gole • 11 hours ago
Which PM stays on navy ship for 2-3 nights ???? What kind of offical trip / purpose it was ???????
Meh Daddy • 7 hours ago
Oh yes, these chamchas know every thing. Some of them are defending Rajiv Gandhi with such confidence as if they were there with him at that time.
Dharmesh Patel • 16 hours ago
Obama also visited India and other countries with his wife, does that mean they all were on vacation.
Siv Sarkar • 11 hours ago
These officers arranged thr travel plan under duress, now putting forward excuses to save their own jobs !
Siv Sarkar • BLR • 2 hours ago
He is retired, Jack!
Rahul Singh • 9 hours ago
yes and indian NAVY were babby sitting rahul
Sanjoy Pandey • Kolkata • 8 hours ago
There are so many people still in India, who are ready to defend all the scams of the Nehru Ghandhi Khan Dynasty family !!!
SX V • 9 hours ago
Modi and bhakts survive on lies and rumors
Nirav Joshi • 10 hours ago
Modiji will speak about 30 year old things but not 3 year old demonitization.
Nirav Joshi • Cleveland • 10 hours ago
Because Scamgress brags about 47 years ago 1971 war !
Pradeep Kumar • 17 hours ago
Feku Modi will say even more lies as he knows for sure he is losing. He has lost his mental balance and Gandhi family is target of his fabrications
Yy • 9 hours ago
PM .. deserves india's best actor award for 2019!!
John Smith • Goa. • 10 hours ago
Shameless MODI will do anything to get votes and stick to the PM chair.
Kiran • Mumbai • 10 hours ago
Modi is a liar
Ranjit 1239 • Kiran Kumar • 7 hours ago
Rahul is a lier as he apologized to SC also