Barring a minor “one-time” tweak in the upper-age limit for armed forces recruitment under the Agnipath scheme, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has stuck to his guns that the scheme will change the profile of the armed forces, making them younger-looking. As swathes of India, from rural areas to urban, from north to south, burn, Rajnath stands unmoved: Ironically over a scheme in which he has had little to contribute, despite being defence minister.
Yielding is not part of Rajnath’s working style. In much of his political life, he has stood on the side of discipline even when he’s had to pay personal costs. Take his tenure as UP education minister. Rajnath got this job in 1991 in the Kalyan Singh government.