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All defence deals are shrouded in varying degree of secrecy. Secrecy and transparency are anti-thesis of each other. Lack of transparency creates doubts about their uprightness. In India’s case, every major defence deal gets mired in allegations of irregularities and financial impropriety. The book identifies stages of the acquisition process that are vulnerable to manipulation and finds the integrity pact to be an infructuous addendum. Implementable corrective measures have been suggested to make defence acquisitions corruption-free. Seven major defence procurements that have come under a cloud in the recent past have been examined in-depth for alleged infirmities and transgressions. Deals for AgustaWestland helicopters and Rafale fighters have been dealt in detail as they continue to hog media attention to date. Agents are omnipresent in all trade transactions the world over. They bring buyers and sellers together; assist in negotiations; and provide post-contract services. However, their role in defence deals has been a subject of intense debate in India for the last four decades now. The book probes the intractable dilemma facing the government.

Of Matters Military : Indian Defence Deals (Need for Transparency and Probity)

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  • Major General Mrinal Suman, AVSM, VSM, PhD is a highly qualified and experienced officer. He commanded an Engineer Regiment in the most hostile battlefield in the world i.e. the Siachen Glacier. He was the Task Force Commander at Pokharan and was responsible for designing and sinking the shaft for the nuclear tests. For that, he was duly decorated by the President of India. He is considered to be India’s foremost expert on myriad aspects of India’s defence procurement regime and offsets. He is regularly invited to address various Indian chambers, associations and foreign industrial delegations. He is a prolific writer and has published more than 550 papers in different journals and newspapers; many have been translated into foreign languages. A keen observer of national concerns, his views command immense respect. This is General Suman’s third book. His first book “Of Matters Military: Evolving Challenges” dealt with disparate issues confronting the Indian armed forces. The second book “Of Matters Military: Modernisation Travails” analyses reasons for the tardy procurement process.