Rafale deal is not a scam
The Congress has upped the ante against the NDA government, saying that India's Rafale deal with France is a scam. Facts, as quoted by the government, experts, and sections of French media suggest that the deal is actually to India's advantage and there is hardly any scandal involved.
Opposition politicians and sections of media are saying that Egypt bought Rafale fighters at a far, far lower price from France. "In reality, India paid 25% (not 200%) more per fighter than Egypt at Rs. 351 crore because its version has hugely enhanced capabilities," writes columnist Minhaz Merchant.
He further says, "Egypt and Qatar paid Rs. 1,319 crore per Rafale fighter. India with greatly enhanced weapons capabilities (including classified nuclear) paid Rs. 351 crore more at Rs. 1,670 crore per fighter."
Despite the facts in its favour, the NDA government is not defending itself properly, says defence expert Abhijit Iyer Mitra says, "The fact of the matter is simple; India is asserting its rights as a Nuclear Weapons Power, and France is helping us do this at great risk to itself, and the Indian public discourse seems intent on proving India is an unreliable partner."