Humanising the Rafale deal
Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, nearly 250 years ago, that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” We could just as easily add scandals in defence procurement to that short list. From the famous “Jeep Procurement” scandal of the Fifties, to Bofors in the Eighties, Coffingate in the Nineties, the Westland VIP Helicopter and Tatra allegations of this decade, and now Rafale, there has only been the odd purchase of defence equipment that has not been rocked by allegations of corruption. This is a competitive field, the deals are huge and profits humungous. Thus, the stench allegedly emanating from the Rafale deal should come as no surprise. In fact, if there had been none that would have been astonishing indeed.
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By pulling the US out of the INF Treaty, US President Donald Trump is only hastening the inevitable
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How did Govt go ahead with only 36 Rafale jets?
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The global economic crisis of 2008, triggered by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, gave Asia a chance to rise, and let nationalist leaders, including Donald Trump, emerge
More players rising in space launch vehicle market
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Why Failure of Aramco’s IPO launch is Good News for India?
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The hidden failure of US-India counterterrorism cooperation
While New Delhi is getting more diplomatic support for its position, it is doing little to change the threat Pakistan poses.