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Murky deal

Print edition : November 09, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with French President Francois Hollande in Paris during his visit in 2015. Modi made the surprise announcement regarding the supply of 36 Rafale jets during the visit. Photo: PTI

Reliance ADAG Chairman Anil Ambani after a sortie on a Dassault Rafale aircraft, at the Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru on February 15, 2017. Photo: Somashekar G.R.N.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Photo: AP

Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

At a protest against the government’s Rafale deal, in Bengaluru on October 3. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

The F/A-18E Super Hornet. Photo: AFP

The SAAB Gripen fighter plane. Photo: REUTERS

The F-16 Block 70 Falcon. Photo: Lockheed Martin

The MiG-35. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

The Eurofighter Typhoon. Photo: K.V. Prasad

The controversy over Narendra Modi’s unilateral decision to purchase 36 Rafale aircraft will not die down until the government gives clear and convincing answers to a raft of questions.
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