New Delhi, May 26, 2017: UAE-based Indian artist Akbar Saheb says he is honored to be part of a new book based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches broadcast on radio program ‘Mann ki Baat’.
Akbar has done the 11 illustrations in the book — apart from the one on the cover.
The book, which deals with topics as diverse as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and bonds of humanity, was unveiled on Friday at Rashtrapati Bhavan here in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee.
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The illustrations, made using waterproofing ink as a medium for artwork on paper, are themed around the Prime Minister’s different speeches, each giving out a positive message to the public.
“This is a huge honour for me; I feel extremely fortunate to be part of the book ‘Mann ki Baat’, which, as a radio programme, has been a social revolution, giving voice to thousands of Indians,” the 54-year-old artist said.
Born in Mangalore in Karnataka, the artist has been living in Dubai for the past 22 years.
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Akbar had earlier done a series of 12 paintings themed on the Prime Minister and his achievements over 12 years, which were also exhibited in Baroda in Gujarat in early 2015.
“I have been reading about Modi for 15 years but met him only in August 2015 when he visited the UAE. He left an indeliable impression on me as a people’s person. I’m humbled that he remembered me and I am mentioned as his well-wisher in the book,” Akbar added. (IANS)
The deal is getting into controversies because of the allegations de by the opposition, especially Congress
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2015 made the announcement that India will buy 36 French-manufactured Rafale fighter jets from Dassault, a French aircraft builder and integrator. This came to be known as Rafale Deal.
The Rafale deal of 36 Rafale aircrafts between India and France was called a “win-win partnership” for both the countries.
But recently it has come under attack of the Opposition, mainly the Indian National Congress, which has alleged that there have been irregularities in this deal and its proceedings. However, the government has denied and rejected all the charges.
The Rafale Deal is nothing new and was also signed during the time of UPA government. The first time it came to light was during the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee where the original proposal was to buy 126 fighter jets.
After tests and negotiations in 2012, Rafale was considered L-1 bidder and negotiations started which only came to a conclusion as the Rafale Deal in 2015 under Prime Minister Modi’s government.
Now the UPA alleging irregularities on NDA government doesn’t seem fair to many because no deal took place under their government. The transfer of technology was a primary issue of concern between the two sides. Dassault Aviation also tried to deny to take the responsibility of quality control of the production of 108 aircraft in India. The Dassault provided for 3 crore man-hours for production of the Rafale jets in India, HAL’s estimate was approximately 3 times higher which resulted in an escalation of costs in the manifold.
Prime Minister Modi’s visit to France in 2015 helped bring this deal to a final conclusion. The government-to-government deal of 36 jets was to completed as soon as possible.
On costs of the Rafale Deal, NDA government has said that it got better terms than those quoted in the original bid under the UPA government. The total savings are reported to be of more than 1600 million Euros. However, the cost breakdown of Rafale Deal in the original bid under UPA government and in the 36 aircraft in the NDA’s government-to-government deal is not available for the public domain.
Under the current agreement, the Rafale Deals support the ‘Make In India’ initiative of the Indian Government through the IGA’s Article 12. It states that France will facilitate the implementation of ‘Make In India’. These critical design technologies were already discussed between the two governments in previous meetings. The present Rafale Deal is signed between two sovereign governments and there is no private individual, firm or entity involved in the process from the side of India. The procurement process also does not include any private company or firm from India.