I’ve always been interested in Indian defence issues, so this is the first article in this series. Most of data and other posts in this series are indexed here.
To be honest, almost anyone apart from regime which had a sloth like AK Antony is an improvement for Indian defence needs. Almost every aspect of Indian defence sector ranging from acquisitions, research, management, border issues suffered immeasurably under UPA government. There were huge bribery scandals, no arms, ammunition, lots of acrimony involving defence personnel and further strengthening of perception of India as a soft state. To list all of those scams, most of them going in to hundreds of crores each will require a whole book, so not listing those here. On the other hand,  NDA government has done some really good work under guidance of Manohar Parrikar and Nirmala Sitaraman  There have been some long pending reforms and good actions in a short amount of time. Another good thing so far is that there have been no bribery scandals or slowdown in process due to fear of it which were the norm in previous regimes.
Akash surface to air missile

Akash surface to air missile


A. Defence Manufacturing and Acquisition

 

Points 9/10.
Defence manufacturing has been a weak point for India and we’ve been dependent on a number of extremely and unreliable weapon suppliers for our needs. Government, defence laboratories, state owned manufactures and Indian armed forces are equally responsible for the mess over the years. The reforms in this field have been very good under Manohar Parrikar and now Sitaraman.  A number of long pending projects have been cleared, private sector is being involved at a much greater scale and money being spent for our defence needs is staying within country. Modi’s Make In India has been a positive factor. All these steps have enabled India to save 1 lakh crore in defence sector. 1* This has been made possible by a number of steps aimed at involving private industry in a much bigger way. One of the major long pending steps was transfer of technology from government owned research labs to industry which happened for first time. 2* 4*
 
GOOD:
  1.  As mentioned above, local defence manufacturing by local private players has received lot of support. A number of Indian companies are now manufacturing all of or major components for missiles, small arms, howitzers, vehicles and various other equipments.  1* 2* 4*
  2. Issue of critical ammunition shortfall has been addressed by giving greater autonomy to armed forces, revamping production at OFB and setting up of private manufacturing plants.  – 3
  3.  Local weapon systems like Akash Surface to Air Missile, 4*  Light Combat Aircraft Tejas fighter 5* and Nag Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) 6* have received much better and their long pending induction in armed forces expedited.
  4.  Development and manufacturing of small arms in India has received a major boost in last 4 years. A number of locally designed and made guns have already been inducted in various state police and paramilitary forces .11* 12* 13* 14* 15*
  5.  Long pending acquisitions and upgrades of essential items for soldiers like armour, helmets and guns have been approved.  Induction of these items was pending for decades. 7* 8* 16* 17*
  6.  Critical issue of shortage of artillery guns has been solved by fast track development and induction of various Indian as well as foreign systems. These have been the first induction of artillery by Indian army since Bofors howitzer in 1986.  18* 19* 20* 21* 22* 23* 24*
  7.  Long pending and seemingly dead deal for India Air Force MRCA (Dassault Rafale) finally signed at good terms. -79*
BAD:
  1.  Some of essential projects like Arjun are still stuck due to battles between Army and DRDO.  In my opinion based on available open source information, army is being very unreasonable here. 25*
  2.  A number of naval projects like  submarines, Vikrant aircraft carrier, ships are delayed and seemingly no steps have been taken to rectify sub-par performance of local shipyards. 26* 27* 28*
  3.  Project for next generation of Infantry Combat Vehicles ( to replace BMP) has made very slow progress.  29*
A C-130 Hercules in a newly commissioned Advanced Landing Grounds

A C-130 Hercules in a newly commissioned Advanced Landing Grounds


B. Terrorism, Border and Internal security

 

Points 7/10.
This seems to be another field in which Modi government has done much better than previous regimes, but still fall shorts of expectations. Everyone already knows about some big actions like surgical strikes against terrorist camps in Pakistan and Myanmar. Home Minister Rajnath Singh faces regular abuse on social media for various reasons, but his work has proven that he is one of better ministers that this department has seen for quite some time. Some good work has been done to contain Maoists inside Indian hinterland. For the first time, civilian financiers and moles whose support enables Islamic terrorism in J&K have been targeted on such a large scale.  But there are still a  few issues which have not been addressed completely.
GOOD:
  1. Cross border strikes against terrorist targets in Pakistan and Myanmar have sent a strong message and raised morale.35* 36* 37* . There have been various other small scale operations against pakis which haven’t received that much coverage. 38*
  2.  Area under Maoist influence has shrunk quite a bit. Good intelligence work, better connect with locals and coordination between different state police forces and paramilitary forces has yielded good results. 30* 31* 32* 33* 34*
  3.  Indian Army and BSF have been given  greater autonomy to handle mischief by Pakis at border. It has yielded some good results and raised confidence of soldiers. Even BSF is regularly bashing up Paki posts which fire or try to insert terrorists. Pakis have now begged to enforce 2003 ceasefire agreement again. 39* 40* 41* 52*
  4. Overground workers, financiers and various other supporters of muslim terrorists in J&K have been raided and arrested not just in the state, but outside too. 42* 43* 44* 45*
  5. Shelters, aid and other facilities to victims of cross border shelling by pakis is being provided. It’s still not enough, but is first step for a long pending need. 55*
  6. Border issues with China have seen India get a bit more vocal and assertive compared to previous incidents. It has not been perfect, but still better than what we used to see earlier. Steps are being taken to reduce Chinese advantages like construction of border roads,  raising of dedicated military units and airfields 65* 66* 67* 68* 69* 70*
  7. One of the biggest improvements is visible in number of terrorist attacks and resulting causalities. Since 2014, there has been a massive drop in number of terrorist incidents in India outside J&K. 80* 81*
BAD:
  1. This regime isn’t immune to appeasement policies when it comes to muslims leading to stupid decisions like ceasefire during ramzan. There have been some good successes against armed terrorists in Kashmir but issue of unarmed terrorists like the type who pelt stones and their supporters has not been adequately addressed.46*. After terrorist attack in Pathankot, we invited Pakistanis for a so called joint investigation. 48*
  2. Khalistani militants continue to make noise and try to be a nuisance in some foreign countries. They have not been countered effectively. 47*
  3. Resettlement of Kashmiri Hindus back in Kashmir is still not done. Very few steps have been taken to ensure that the displaced Hindus get their properties back 53* 54*
  4. Issue of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar has been a major failure. They have been allowed to settle in many parts of India and existing ones have not been deported. 50* 51*
  5. No progress of taking PoK back or support of locals there against paki hegemony.
  6. Forces involved in counter insurgency operations should have received better moral support from the government. Admittedly, it is just a point of view, but there have been incidents where soft jihadi Mufti regime in J&K (of which BJP is a part) has tried to implicate and harass security forces in fake cases. With BJP as partner in the govt, people had expected much stricter action against jihadi kashmiri muslims. But Mufti and her colleagues seem to be in control of administration. 76* 77*

C. Other Defence Issues

Points 7/10
This section is for other issues related to Indian defence like government policies related to defence, handling of grievances and so on. For the abuse BJP gets from left-liberal circles for being regressive, a lot of pioneering work has been done like much greater participation of women in defence including path breaking combat roles. We also got our first female Minister of Defence and so far she has done an excellent job. There have been some good developments and for some aspects, things have remained the same if not worse.
GOOD: 
  1. For the first time, women are being given combat roles in Air Force, Coast Guard and various other branches like Assam Rifles.  56* 57* 58* 59*
  2. One Rank One Pension has been rolled out. It is not perfect and the events leading up to it’s implementation were avoidable. But the basic work has been done and the veterans have started to receive their dues. 60* 61* 62*
  3. Indian Ministry Of Defence has decided to not challenge disability pension for soldiers. 63*
BAD:
  1. There has been very little progress in resolving the issue of disparity between pay of civilian and military officers. 64*
  2. Some stupid decisions like opening up of cantonment roads for civilian traffic 71* 72* which was later reversed. 73*
  3. Spending on defence has not been up to expectations. 75*
  4. Arun Jaitley was given additional charge of defence ministry for quite some time. These departments need two separate heads, not a single person juggling the two jobs. 74*

VERDICT:

So far, this regime has been one of the best ones for Indian defence sector. As mentioned above, it is not perfect and a lot still needs to be done in due time.As far as the shortcomings are concerned, there are some very sore points like handling of illegal immigrants and civilian jihadis in Kashmir.  But even the detractors and people with very high expectations should be reasonably happy with the performance so far.

FINAL SCORE: 8/10

 


SOURCES:

1. Modi’s Make in India just saved Rs 1 lakh crore in defence sector.  http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/make-in-india-initiative-defence-ministry-drdo-modi/1/1102047.html
4.  We have given nearly 300 transfer of technologies in the last three years https://www.theweek.in/theweek/current/2018/05/18/interview-s-christopher-chairman-drdo.html
7. Defence ministry’s Rs 16,000-crore arms buy: 7.40 lakh assault rifles, 5,719 sniper rifles for Indian forces https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/defence-ministry-s-big-buy-7-40-lakh-assault-rifles-5-719-sniper-rifles-for-indian-forces/story-VWv9j4Fmso14HvkPeY7p7I.html
17. After 9-Year Wait, Indian Soldiers To Finally Get Bulletproof Jackets https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/after-9-year-wait-indian-soldiers-to-finally-get-bulletproof-jackets-1834945
21. Know all about Indian Army’s latest self-propelled gun K9 VAJRA-T 155mm/ 52 calibre howitzer http://zeenews.india.com/india/know-all-about-indian-armys-latest-self-propelled-gun-k9-vajra-t-155mm/52-calibre-howitzer-2106142.html
22. India’s Fastest Deal: #MakeInIndia K-9 Guns To Start Deliveries In 11 Months https://www.livefistdefence.com/2017/04/indias-fastest-deal-makeinindia-k-9-guns-to-start-deliveries-in-11-months.html
24. First five Indian M777 howitzers to enter service in September http://www.janes.com/article/79359/first-five-indian-m777-howitzers-to-enter-service-in-september
26. Aircraft carrier Vikrant to be commissioned by 2020 https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/62574359.cms
29. Army’s combat vehicle project gets green signal Read more at: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/63071229.cms
32. Maoists area of influence shrinks; 44 districts removed from affected list: Union Home Secretary http://zeenews.india.com/india/maoists-area-of-influence-shrinks-44-districts-removed-from-affected-list-union-home-secretary-2100351.html
34. Echo from the hills of Chhattisgarh: ‘We are the first Bastariya Battalion http://indianexpress.com/article/india/echo-from-the-hills-of-chhattisgarh-we-are-the-first-bastariya-battalion-5185799/
35. India Claims ‘Surgical Strikes’ Across Line of Control in Kashmir https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/30/world/asia/kashmir-india-pakistan.html
37.India carries out ‘surgical strikes’ against Pakistan after Kashmir attack http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-india-pakistan-20160929-snap-story.html
38. Revenge of ‘The Fallen’ – Part 1 https://satyavijayi.com/revenge-of-the-fallen-part-1/
41. India-Pak thaw: Both agree to follow ceasefire on LoC in letter and spirit http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-pakistan-army-follow-ceasefire-on-loc-in-letter-and-spirit-5196476/
48. Pathankot attack probe: What made Govt invite Pakistan, asks Parliamentary Panel http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/pathankot-attack-probe-parliamentary-panel-pakistan-help-2782934/
51.  Deport Bangladeshi Immigrants Along With Rohingyas Within a Year: PIL in SC https://www.news18.com/news/india/deport-bangladeshi-immigrants-along-with-rohingyas-within-a-year-pil-in-sc-1525531.html
54. Resettlement of Kashmiri Hindus – The inside story and The way forward  http://www.opindia.com/2017/01/resettlement-of-kashmiri-hindus-the-inside-story-and-the-way-forward/
57. In A First, Indian Coast Guard Deploys Female Officers In Combat Roles https://topyaps.com/indian-coast-guard-females-combat-roles
61. Revised Pensionary benefits under OROP released to over Two Lakh Defence Pensioners http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=137870
64. Military-civil rift over rank and pay parity likely to widen: Sources  http://zeenews.india.com/india/military-civil-rift-over-rank-and-pay-parity-likely-to-widen-sources-2051346.html
65. Roads to all China border posts soon, says Rajnath Singh Union home minister https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/roads-to-all-china-border-posts-soon-says-rajnath-singh/articleshow/62330709.cms
66. Chinese and Indian troops face off in Bhutan border dispute https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/06/china-india-bhutan-standoff-disputed-territory
68. Amid China Standoff, India Hits Pedal on Border Road Construction After Delay https://sputniknews.com/asia/201708021056101593-india-road-construction/
69. India to Add Seven More Advanced Airfields Near Border With China https://sputniknews.com/military/201804201063756549-india-adds-airfields-near-china-border/
76. Army orders court of inquiry against Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/army-orders-court-of-inquiry-against-major-nitin-gogoi/articleshow/64319258.cms
77. Major Leetul Gogoi raided our home at night: Mother of woman at hotel http://indianexpress.com/article/india/major-leetul-gogoi-raided-our-home-at-night-mother-of-woman-at-hotel-5190226/
78. J-K govt to move court for pardons of 4,961 stone-pelters https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/cases-against-5-000-stone-pelters-in-j-k-to-be-withdrawn/story-DGhAV4nSVbqu0Q7DsnIzOM.html
79. India, France ink €7.87 billion agreement for 36 Rafales  http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/India-France-ink-€7.87-billion-agreement-for-36-Rafales/article14995775.ece
80. 2017: The Zero Death Year!  http://5forty3.in/gaze_articles.php?articalid=205
81. India Fatalities: 1994-2018 http://www.satp.org/Datasheets.aspx?countries=india

9th Part of BJP Government Achievements , Links 801 to 900. 1st,  2nd, 3rd, 4th5th6th 7th8th and 9th Parts.

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Following note is a collection of data points to disprove that muslims of Uttar Pradesh have risen above their petty, ignorant mindset and voted for progress instead of behaving like the islamist votebank which they’ve been doing so since the beginning.  Some journalists were whining that BJP had not fielded even one single muslim candidate in Uttar Pradesh and were insinuating that muslims have voted for BJP based on fact that Hindu candidates of BJP have won is some muslim majority constituencies. Even some BJP leaders made vague remarks which felt like they thought that muslims have rejected Anti-BJP parties (or ABP in short. Clubbing all non-BJP parties as such because all these parties do is to present themselves as ant-BJP, anti-Modi ) in favour of development. By making such statements, BJP politicians as well as supporters are doing themselves a great disservice  as it ignores the  consolidation of Hindu vote which favours patriotism, development and welfare of the whole country and wrongly praises muslim polity which favours only sops and criminal appeasement.

Going further, such statements by so called secular journalists only reinforces the notion that muslims don’t want non-muslims as their representatives just like Jinnah did when he asked for Pakistan. Ironically by making such statements these sold out media pimps are just stating the obvious truth which most ignorant people try to ignore that muslims have and will always behave as an anti-Hindu islamist votebank rather than vote on basis of development based issues.
Below is a list of some muslim majority constituencies where Hindu candidates of BJP have scored victories. If you don’t want to read and process the numbers, then read the following 6 points:
1) BJP’s Hindu candidates in muslim majority constituencies have won by very thin margins of 1% to 15% or have polled less than 50% of votes.
2) Their vote ratio statistics are more or less in line with Hindu muslim demographics of the constituency.
3) The victories of these Hindu candidates is a result of anti-BJP vote being divided between two or more muslim candidates fielded by SP-Cong and BSP..
4) It is quite certain that muslim voters have voted only for muslim candidates or for ABPs without exception. The number of “secular muslim” votes to BJP is very small to negligible.
5) Wherever muslim vote fragmentation has not occurred, ABPs have won.
6) Indics should realise that “all religions are equal” slogan is believed only by them, Going by their voting patterns and actions, Abrahamics in general have no such pretensions.
I am too lazy to make a table in HTML, so the data is presented in following fashion:
1) Constituency Name
  • Winning BJP candidate, number of votes.
  • 1st runner up , number of votes,
  • 2nd runner up , number of votes.

 

1) Kanth.
  • Rajesh Kumar Singh.       BJP       76307.
  • Aneesurrehman,               SP         73959
  • Mohd Nasir                       BSP       43820
2) Meerapur.  
  • Avtar Singh Bhadana        BJP 69,035
  • Liyakat Ali                           SP    68,842
  • Nawazish Alam Khan       BSP 39,689
3) Baheri .
  • Chhatra Pal Singh           BJP  108,846
  • Naseem Ahmad             BSP  66,009
  • Ata Ur Rehman               SP     63,841
4) Utraula.
  • Ram Pratap                      BJP  85,240
  • Arif Anwar Hashmi         SP    56,066
  • Parvez Ahmad                 BSP  44,799
5) Deoband
  • Brijesh                           BJP 102,244
  • Majid Ali                       BSP   72,844
  •  Mavia Ali                      SP      55,385
5) Gainsari
  • Shailesh Kumar Singh BJP 55,716
  • Alauddin                        BSP 53,413
  • Dr Shiv Pratap Yadav   SP   46,378
Sources: 
  1. http://www.elections.in/uttar-pradesh/
  2. https://www.upelectionsresults2017.in/uttar-pradesh-assembly-elections-2017-constituency-candidate-wise-results-mla-winners-list/
  3. http://www.ndtv.com/elections/uttar-pradesh/constituencies-results
  4. https://twitter.com/maidros78/status/840802960674181120