19 Mar '17, 4am

Our country desperately needs a Parrikar 2.0 as Defence Minister

Our country desperately needs a Parrikar 2.0 as Defence Minister

In 28 months, Manohar Parrikar as defence minister developed easy relationships with the top brass of the three Services as was rarely ever witnessed before. He threw caution to the winds and managed to pull the forces out of a downward spiral in operational capabilities. Editor-in-Chief and long-time contributos Nitin A Gokhale takes stock of what Parrikar achieved and the challenges that await his successor. Now that Manohar Parrikar’s return to Goa is done and dusted, the immediate priority for Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be to find an equally hard working, transparent and approachable Raksha Mantri for India. Though Arun Jaitley, the perennial ‘go-to’ man, has been given additional charge of the defence ministry, surely he cannot be expected to handle two large and critical ministries simultaneously. However, whosoever is the new occupant in South Block in the co...

Full article: http://www.defencenews.in/article.aspx?id=251045

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