nachiket wrote:Stop the dhoti shivering. IAF knows how to protect its jets on our own soil. As for crashes, those are a fact of military flying. The Su-30 was also considered a game-changing jet when it was bought and in many ways it is. Still there were crashes eventually and we lived with it. No different for any other aircraft.
The rafale is an emotional issue that resonates with Indian public rather than just an aircraft that is merely a piece of advanced high tech weaponry.
The rafale is actually a very different bird with a massive brand awareness and huge brand recall that is indelibly seared into the psyche of the voting public and bound inseparably with Modi's election victory.
There is no aircraft like this in Indian history in terms of the metrics of recall, identification and brand such as awareness, familiarity and people expect it to provide constant vigil and tireless service just like what they have come to expect from Modi.
That's a tough ask in anyone's book but Modi, in their eyes, manages to do it all.
it's that all-important first impression that lasts in people's minds and helps them trust the machine and most of all, trust the man who single handedly made it happen.
This is the brand that pappu tried so desperately to malign and it was fiercely protected and publicly endorsed by chief's of the Indian armed forces, serving military personnel and other trusted public figures who, in the eyes of the aam aadmi, rated way higher than a braggart like pappu did.
pappu's personalized and weaponized campaign of untruths against Modi based on the non existent rafale scam as the lynchpin backfired disastrously on him and his already low public credibility and tanked the congi campaign. Even the supreme court rejected pappu's lies and made him apologize.
Modi wiped the electoral floor with this entitled and dynastic clown.
the rafale is now part of the election lore. It has taken on a larger than life persona of its own in the minds of the aam aadmi.
Modi rode the rafale to an opposition crushing mandate in 2019 because of all the negativty that was injected and the lies that were spread, rally after election rally.
yes, there were many other factors too but in the eyes and minds of the voting public, the rafale transcended all and became a beacon for the Modi bhakths and they rallied to it deliriously.
Only Modi's Indians understand why this particular fighter aircraft stands for so much more than just weaponry. It is an example of the state of the art weaponization of Modi's persona.
It is the symbol of the dagger that the aam aadmi used gleefully and sometimes even vengefully, to slay an evil dragon whelp like pappu and his sorry ass eyetalian mafia dynasty.