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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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Ajai Shukla 2h
Replying to @KaveetaJaain
Anil Singh, Mukesh Singh... one and the same thing.
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Replying to @mjthefire
Verified. But to be fair, the air marshals also stated before the court that the Sukhoi-30MKI and Tejas LCA were being inducted on an ongoing basis. It was the Chief Justice that created the confusion and put words into the IAF officers' mouths.
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On show Left, Right and Centre with yesterday on the Supreme Court hearing of the Rafale fighter aircraft petition.
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Apparently a spaceship from another galaxy landed just now on Indian soil and disgorged this visitor to Earth. So let me bring you up to date with what's happening on our planet -- it was the Defence Procurement Procedure of 2013 (DPP-2013) that was violated. Have a nice visit!
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My account of the Rafale's long day in the Supreme Court yesterday. Their Lordships have reserved judgement after a marathon, 4-hour hearing in which they summoned IAF officers to testify. The suspense continues...
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Ajai Shukla 22h
Milord in the Supreme Court today, listened to four hours of arguments on the Rafale... only to reserve judgement for later. The suspense continues, but it was a day of fluctuating drama. Now rushing off to write on it...🤪
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Replying to @Indepthcomments
Thanks!
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Ajai Shukla Nov 14
Spent two-and-a-half hours listening to Rafale arguments in the Supreme Court. Will reconvene at two. Wondering whether the judges mean to pronounce an order today itself???
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Ajai Shukla Nov 13
With Sreenivasan Jain on to discuss the pricing of the Rafale, and the interview of Eric Trappier, Chief BJP Spokesperson on Rafale.
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Ajai Shukla Nov 13
Eric Trappier's current designation: CEO Dassault Aviation and Chief Spokesperson for BJP on Rafale. Meanwhile everyone else in government: , , and have embraced the virtue of silence!
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Ajai Shukla Nov 12
Amazing. There is no interviewer in this interview. There is only an interviewee... Eric Trappier... and two props: a Rafale fighter and the Editor of ANI, . Not ONE SINGLE difficult question from her. The Ministry of Propaganda is alive and well.
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Ajai Shukla Nov 12
Question should have asked: You are indeed supplying strategic products to India. Which company supplied the Pakistan Air Force with their Mirage fleet? Or is that not important?
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Ajai Shukla Nov 12
Question should have asked: Is it true that govt of India changed the offset rules in late 2015 to remove your obligation (which existed until then) to submit offset proposals for scrutiny and to divulge who your partners will be?
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Ajai Shukla Nov 12
Follow on question should have asked Eric Trappier is: Is it true that Rafale that will start being supplied next year will not initially have full capability contracted by India... those will be added at a later stage. Will you be delivering less capable fighters?
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Ajai Shukla Nov 12
Question you should have asked, is: what was the price per flyaway aircraft in the 126 aircraft deal? And what was it in the 36 aircraft deal. You've let him run rings around you and you're sitting there looking bewildered.
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Ajai Shukla Nov 12
Amazing. There is no interviewer in this interview. There is only an interviewee... Eric Trappier... and two props: a Rafale fighter and the Editor of ANI, . Not ONE SINGLE difficult question from her. The Ministry of Propaganda is alive and well.
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Ajai Shukla Nov 12
Business Standard issues editorial call for the prime minister to explain how public funds were spent on 36 Rafale. As always, the govt will remain silent, but tomorrow it will have to speak before the Supreme Court.
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Om Thanvi Nov 12
Dassault (Rafale) CEO gives interview to ANI. I doubt he would ever be ready to face expert columnist like ⁦⁦⁩ who understands the deal in-depth! Reacting politicians emotionally projects him professionally weak which can make only the Govt happy!
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AK Parmar Nov 12
would have taken Eric Tappier to the cleaners. But then the govt needs Smita Prakash to pimp for them.
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Ajai Shukla Nov 12
Business Standard issues editorial call for the prime minister to explain how public funds were spent on 36 Rafale. As always, the govt will remain silent, but tomorrow it will have to speak before the Supreme Court.
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