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The mirage of self-reliance

In the absence of robust technological and project management structures, MoD's indigenisation drive will remain questionable

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Make in India defence | Defence indigenisation plan | Ministry of Defence

Ajai Shukla  |  New Delhi 



Ajai Shukla

Under Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the (MoD) has upped its game impressively in the field of press announcements. There are regular bulletins on the defence minister’s inauguration of assorted web portals and visits to his office by assorted Bharatiya Janata Party office-holders. Amongst the subjects that often feature in MoD press releases is “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (self-reliant India). Ironically, this phrase was first coined in Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s broadcast to a locked down country on May 12, 2020, when India was grappling with the dual challenges of Chinese troop intrusions into Ladakh and the mass migration of millions fleeing the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet, like his cabinet contemporaries, Mr Singh understands he must generate credit for the PM by regularly invoking his signature schemes.

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First Published: Thu, June 03 2021. 22:27 IST

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