Merits as an overriding criterion is the current buzzword for the selection of top commanders in the armed forces. Consequently, supersession has become the norm rather than the exception, as is highlighted in the case of recent appointments of service chiefs and commanders-in-chief (Cs-in-C). Two of our current chiefs have benefited from this parameter and a similar format is being touted for the impending selection of the third one.
While wanting to steer clear of this developing controversy, it is baffling to see orchestrated media reports trumpeting the relative merits of the prospective candidates. Merit throws up attendant complexities and consequences, which need to be resolved. Hence, there is a crying need for institutionalising the process and even defining ‘merit’ as it has to be legally sustainable.
Seniority vs merit
For better comprehension, important and relevant characteristics of the unique eco-system need flagging. Forces have always respected seniority. Seniors use Sir to address juniors, in deference to commissioning seniority. Read More