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Ajai Shukla
Business Standard columnist on strategic affairs, defence and diplomacy. Former army colonel, now based in New Delhi
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MoD rebuttal of Hollande's statement -- accusing him of "conflict of interest" -- guarantees animosity from former French Prez. Paris obliges Delhi with pro forma "denial" but it is a carefully worded cop-out, not a denial. My report in Business Standard.
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How , spooked by the controversy over his ill-considered (and apparently corrupt) Rafale deal, is soft-pedalling several badly needed weapons buys. With China and Pakistan arming purposefully, this is endangering India's security.
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nikhil wagle 10h
A must read by ⁦⁦⁩ HOW MODI’S RAFALE DEFENCE DEAL HAS LEFT INDIA LAGGING CHINA, PAKISTAN
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How the BJP government is letting India down through its mishandling of defence procurement, thereby undermining our national security, says :
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My piece in Business Standard today: Former French president, Francois Hollande, with whom agreed the 36-Rafale deal, says Dassault did not choose Anil Ambani. In fact: "It was the Indian government who proposed this service group (Reliance)"
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Ajai Shukla Sep 21
And the BJP gets deeper and deeper into a mess on the Rafale... What now of its claim that it was Dassault who chose Anil Ambani as its offset partner. That was always a dubious and unlikely argument.
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Ajai Shukla Sep 21
Now there's going to be a cat-fight in France. Hollande has nothing to hide. But, for the French government -- actually for both Paris and Dassault -- the Rafale deal is hugely important. I also anticipate more TV appearances by the IAF air marshals.
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Ajai Shukla Sep 21
And the BJP gets deeper and deeper into a mess on the Rafale... What now of its claim that it was Dassault who chose Anil Ambani as its offset partner. That was always a dubious and unlikely argument.
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Ajai Shukla Sep 21
Replying to @sonaliranade
Wow! That's positively Shakespearean. Now see if you can add a "forsooth" somewhere. :p
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Ajai Shukla Sep 21
First part incorrect. Second two assertions are right
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Ajai Shukla Sep 21
Replying to @bsdhanoa
Extensive briefings by the developers on how it works!
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SonaliRanade Sep 20
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Ajai Shukla Sep 20
They are all just variations of the same unimplementable nonsense!
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Ajai Shukla Sep 20
The report doesn’t inspire confidence. The Prahaar isn’t a ballistic missile!
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ET NOW Sep 19
| Congress is sensing weakness on govt's part as the NDA govt keeps hiding behind the secrecy clause and keeps making vague statements like 'not going to set up the committee to satisfy Congress ego':
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Ajai Shukla Sep 19
Replying to @bsdhanoa @JohnCleese
Masterly!
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Ajai Shukla Sep 19
Lt Gen MM Naravane was always in line to be the next army chief. As are all the other army commanders, given that the next govt might also bypass seniority. General S Roychowdhury was made army chief after command of only Training Command. So field army command not essential.
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Ajai Shukla Sep 18
Exactly right!
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Ajai Shukla Sep 18
“Sitharaman said [Navjot Sidhu’s] hug with Pakistan’s army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa impacted soldiers back home.” This defence minister specialises in belittling her own — first HAL, then her army!! Lady, be advised that your soldiers don’t get demoralised so easily.
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Ajai Shukla Sep 17
No thanks, I’d rather not “revisit Kotter's 8-Step Change Model driven by a Vision”. I have a brain of my own!
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