Rafale numbers don’t add up
Clarity is required on the deal's India-specific technologies and their industrial viability plan
The Rafale deal is back in the news. This past Thursday, Swaraj Abhiyan founder Prashant Bhushan alleged that the Union government had paid double the price for individual aircraft units. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar responded that this was the “best deal" and one that had not been offered to any other country. On Sunday, Bhushan shot back. He said that the Rafale deal will prove to be another “Bofors" for the Narendra Modi government. The truth, as is usually the case, lies somewhere in the middle.