Rafale deal

Devil in the details

Print edition : March 15, 2019

The Rafale fighter aircraft at the AERO India 2019 show in Bengaluru on February 18. Photo: Shailendra Bhojak/AP

The Eurofighter Typhoon during an air show in Bengaluru, a file picture. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi with party leaders Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh and party MPs during a protest against the Rafale deal, in New Delhi on February 13. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani after taking a sortie on a Rafale aircraft, in Bengaluru on February 15, 2017. Photo: Somashekar G.R.N.

The CAG report on the Rafale deal remains silent on several crucial issues, and its meek acceptance of the government’s line of thinking is another troubling pointer to the unhealthy dominance of the political executive.
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