Defence and Security

India needs a full-time defence minister as ministry cannot be run on ad hoc basis

Mar 22, 2017
Arun Jaitley, with his legal and political acumen, is the best bet for Narendra Modi after Manohar Parrikar, who could also understand technological as well as financial demands of the defence ministry.                 

It must be a measure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s implicit trust in Union finance minister Arun Jaitley that he has been again asked to handle hefty defence portfolio after Manohar Parrikar was happily packed off to Goa to become chief minister for the unprecedented fourth time.
 
The decision to put Jaitley in charge of South Block is quite understandable as Modi knows that this ministry has been a political graveyard in the past for the Congress with allegations of corruption in hardware acquisition periodically flying thick and fast. Jaitley, with his legal and political acumen, is the best bet for Modi after Parrikar, who could also understand technological as well as financial demands of the defence ministry.
The fact is that after Parrikar made a highly-classified air power presentation before Modi in 2015, the Prime Minister, openly before PMO officials, said that India was fortunate to have such a defence minister.
 
Read more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/india-needs-a-full-time-defence-minister-as-ministry-cannot-be-run-on-ad-hoc-basis/story-WXQXaEKx2dO0wBhClRj8vI.html
 
Hindustan Times, March 21, 2017

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