Defence Indigenisation: Is India Hard-Wired Not To Learn From Its Past Experiences?


On a day when a crucial judgement [Rafale review verdict] on a defence procurement was made, a true victory for any party would be if the powers-that-be could reflect on the necessity for this whole acquisition exercise.

To begin with, it should be understood that there are many departments in the government that could claim to be undisturbed after the new political dispensation came into power.

However, the one department that could take the credit for its inertial prowess in India over the years would be the one dealing with defence production. Governments have come and gone and so have thoughts on “indigenisation” and “self-sustaining defence production”.

The only thing in common across the governments has been ideas and policies, with not enough structure or frameworks for implementation. Not addressing this root cause has been the bane of successive leadership. Read More

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