Kersi D wrote:
pankajs wrote:We need to track folks who are out to smear domestic projects. Please keep adding to the list.
1. Manu Pubby
2. Toral Varia
What about Mr Rajat Pandit of TOI. Over 90% of his articles are a adverse comment on MiGs, Tejas, Arjun, DRDO etc
Ajai Shukla, for all his political leanings and adverse comments on the IAF, came out strongly in support of the Arjun.
Here are some of his posts:http://ajaishukla.blogspot.com/search?q=arjun
A small snippet from this post: Nailing some more falsehoods about the Arjun tank... and some about the T-90!
(this was in the Mk-1 days)
The Arjun tank has been operated by 43 Armoured Regiment since over a decade; 43 is delighted with the tank. I have a very close friend who commanded that regiment and he always argued that a regiment of Arjun tanks was worth two regiments of T-72s. And this was even before the Arjun turned the corner!
After the firing trials in June 2006, 43 Armoured Regiment pronounced itself delighted with the Arjun’s firing performance. As I said above, 43 Armoured Regiment endorsed in its trial report, “The accuracy and consistency of the Arjun has been proved beyond doubt.” The brigade commander, Brigadier Chandra Mukesh, himself from 43 Armoured Regiment, endorsed that report whole-heartedly.
But the DGMF was quick to strike back. Barely three months after that report, the commanding officer of 43 Armoured Regiment, Colonel D Thakur, was confronted by then DGMF, Lt Gen DS Shekhawat. Several eyewitnesses have described to me how Colonel Thakur was upbraided by Lt Gen Shekhawat for “not conducting the trials properly”. Fortunately for Colonel Thakur, his brigade commander, Brigadier Chandra Mukesh, intervened and argued strongly that the trials had been conducted in accordance with procedure.
They are very positive overall, and IMHO, as a former tank man, his words have some weight.
Anyway, based on whatever I have read about Modi's support to MSMEs in Gujarat, and the need for industrial clusters that percolate employment, and his continued support for ITIs, I think he intrinsically gets the value of placing large orders for domestic kit as a way to drive MII and employment. I am sure we will hear something positive on the Arjun in the next year. Understandably, the PM's and RM's focus has been on the far more dire situation w.r.t. the IAF, so we need to give them some time.