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Why Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s PDP is pleasing the separatists?

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By Harshmeet Singh

After taking the decision to release Masarat Alam, Jammu and Kashmir government under the leadership of PDP’s Mufti Mohamad Sayeed is ready to drop another bomb. This time it is planning to release Ashiq Hussain Faktoo, Kashmir’s longest serving prisoner.

PDP’s  coalition partner BJP is not happy with Mufti’s next move. Talking on the issue Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “I assure the country that the Centre will not accept anything that challenges the country’s unity.”

The state’s former Chief Minister, Omar Abdulla also took a dig at the PDP-BJP government when he tweeted “To say Alam wasn’t charged is a blatant untruth – he was charged under sections Sec 120 121 (waging war against state). 120-b & 307 also,”

After the release of Alam, both the parties have been pleading different interpretations of the Common Minimum Program on the basis of which the coalition government came into being in Jammu and Kashmir. Jugal Kishore Sharma, BJP’s chief for J&K said that “We are not going to tolerate any such statement or any such decision which is not as per the common minimum programme that we had agreed upon. We have decided to convey our displeasure to our partner so that such things do not happen in future,”

 

CM Mufti’s intentions

Before his arrest in 2010 when he was charged for being the key person behind stone pelting protests in the state that took over hundred lives, Alam had a sound following in the valley. His sharp opinions and demands of an ‘independent Kashmir’ was music to the ears of many separatists.

According to experts, one of the key reasons behind Mufti praising separatists is to take Hurriyat into confidence and bring them to the dialogue table.

PDP’s spokesperson, Naeem Akhtar made his party’s intentions clear when he said “This (Masarat’s release) has to be seen in proper perspective. It is an important part of our CMP to involve all stakeholders in the state and across the Line of Control for reconciliation and peace in the state,”

 

Is Mufti getting a complementary response from the other end?

If the PDP thought that their favour would tilt Alam’s outlook towards them, they were in for a rude shock. Hours after his release, Alam said “Changing governments does not change the reality on the ground. It does not affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir. Only the people can change it,” Alam is the leader of the Muslim League that has expressed its allegiance with the Hurriyat conference.

If Mufti intends to please the separatists by letting go off the prisoners, he might end up paying a heavy price for his assumptions that Hurriyat will reciprocate and help in bringing peace to the valley. It remains to be seen how far the BJP would allow him to carry on his experiment with country’s security.

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All You Need To Know About The Rafale Deal Controversy

The fiasco that Congress is creating on the Rafale Deal is certainly not fair

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Rafale Deal is very important for both the countries involved i.e. India and France.
Rafale Deal is very important for both the countries involved i.e. India and France.

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Rafale Deal happened between India and France
  • The Rafale Deal is about the Rafale fighter jets
  • 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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi finalised the Rafale Deal during his visit to France in 2015. (FILE PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi finalised the Rafale Deal during his visit to France in 2015. (FILE PHOTO)

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.

NDA government has got a better price on the Rafale Deal than the UPA governement.
NDA government has got a better price on the Rafale Deal than the UPA 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.

Also Read: Make in India: France to set up production centers for Rafale fighters

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.

The Rafale Deal involves no private party from the side of India. www.worldwide-military.com
The Rafale Deal involves no private party from the side of India. www.worldwide-military.com

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.

Also Read: IAF’s Rafale Deal with France: India confirms order

The fiasco that Congress is creating on the Rafale Deal is certainly not fair as the NDA government has proved that their deal is better than the one which was undertaken during the UPA government.