French people raise questions about Rafale deal that Indian media fail to ask
Given that the Congress-led UPA government chose him and a BJP-dominated NDA regime approved the selection, there does not appear to be any political controversy over the suitability of the fighter jet. Burst to the Indian Air Force.
So if no other competing fighter jets were in the picture when it comes to the Narendra Modi waiver, why have so many questions arisen about a deal for the same product as revealed by the post of French survey Mediapart?
On April 8, 2015, S Jaishankar, then Minister of Foreign Affairs, told the media: “Regarding the Rafale, I understand that there are ongoing discussions between the French company, our Ministry of Defense and HAL participating in it. These are ongoing discussions. These are very technical and detailed discussions. We do not confuse management level visits with detailed details of ongoing defense contracts. It’s on a different path. A management visit usually examines overall issues, even in the area of security. “
We can reliably learn that the then Indian Ambassador to France, Arun Singh, had the same impression.
However, just two days later, during his meeting with French President Françoise Hollande, Narendra Modi surprised by reducing the order from 126 to 36 planes, completely eliminating assembly or manufacturing in India and presenting a done in Reliance terms of Anil Ambani (with no previous experience in sophisticated defense production) as a clearing partner.