The photo on the left shows the HAL Ecuador team taking a ride on a banana boat at the Salinas Beach. This was taken about five months ago. The men were enjoying a well-deserved break from gruelling weeks overseeing the smooth induction of the ALH Dhruvs into Ecuadorian Air Force service. Little could they have known that HAL's management, sitting pretty in Bangalore, has now left them with little much else to do now. This photograph struck me as so typical of the situation right now. The men in the photograph, especially team leader R Narayanan (second from left) are the guys facing all the heat now.
Incidentally, it has emerged that a powerful "anti-Dhruv" lobby within HAL (yes, you read that correctly) is busy smacking its lips. Details shortly.
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