Modi report card: Defence achievements a mixed bag

The military fraternity had a lot of expectations from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his NDA government, as they felt successive governments in the last two decades failed to consider their requirements.

But, after five years, when it comes assessing the Modi government’s tenure, the military finds it a mixed bag. Bold decisions like taking on Pakistan-backed terrorism, carrying out the 2016 surgical strike, Balakot air strikes, key procurements including Rafale fighters and S-400 air defence missile systems have received lots of praise.

But, at the same time, some believe that there has been too much rhetoric and too little substance. Allocation of lowest ever budget not aligned with modernisation requirements, to politicisation of armed forces and confused policy on Kashmir have been some of misses.

Moreover, four defence ministers in a span of five years have also affected the decision-making to an extent. Read More

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