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How & when France became India’s all-weather strategic ally & What happened to Rafale

As pm modi is in france visit, let us know when did the historic alliance between India and France started To understand how this alliance came to be, let’s rewind the clock to the early 20th century when the seeds of friendship were first sown. India’s struggle for independence from British colonial rule led to a shared spirit of nationalism with countries like France, which had experienced its own historic battles for liberty. Leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru established connections with French intellectuals, setting the stage for future collaborations. Fast forward to the late 20th century, specifically 1998, when India conducted a series of nuclear tests that attracted international attention. This pivotal moment in Indian history opened the doors for France to showcase its unwavering support for India’s sovereign choices, unlike many other nations. The French government’s stance solidified the foundation for a strategic partnership built on trust and shared values. Over the years, the alliance has thrived on various fronts, particularly in defense and security cooperation. France has been a trusted supplier of military equipment and technology to India, reinforcing its defense capabilities.

The Rafale fighter jet deal, signed in 2016, remains a prominent example of the extensive defense collaboration between the two nations. However, the Indo-French alliance extends far beyond military matters. The two countries have also partnered on initiatives related to space exploration, sustainable development, renewable energy, and cultural exchanges. India’s space agency, ISRO, has collaborated with France’s CNES on joint satellite missions, exemplifying the spirit of scientific cooperation. In recent years, both India and France have demonstrated their commitment to tackling global challenges, particularly climate change. The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, owes much of its success to the joint efforts of India and France. The leaders of both countries have repeatedly emphasized the importance of sustainable development and have been at the forefront of global climate change discussions. The story of this alliance showcases the power of shared values, historical bonds, and a joint commitment to progress. We hope that this partnership will continue to grow stronger in the years to come, serving as a beacon of friendship and cooperation in an ever-changing world. Apart from india and france all-weather strategic ally, the controversy which gained the traction was the rafale deal Let me share 5 controversial points regarding the rafale deal Congress alleges the government paid over Rs. 1,670 crores per jet, far surpassing UPA’s negotiated price of Rs. 526 crores for Combat Aircrafts. In 2015, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar expressed concerns about Rafale negotiations, suggesting Sukhoi-30MKI fighters would suffice. Ministry of Defense sources declared the deal “”effectively dead”” in February 2015. In October 2016, Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence and Dassault Aviation formed Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited. On September 2, 2016, the Indian government signed a Rs 59,000-crore deal with France’s Dassault Aviation for 36 Rafale fighter jets. Former French President Francois Hollande admitted in September 2018 that he had no choice in selecting the Indian offset partner, and Reliance was named by the Indian side. taking the deal away from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. According to the new indian express report on 13 july 2023, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale joint venture with Anil Ambani is likely to be dissolved The Indian National Congress accused corruption in the deal and demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee investigation, which was not initiated, raising suspicions of the government withholding information from taxpayers. Supreme court dismissed the appeal twice of the rafael case, but in a recent report published by india today on 12th July 2023, i.e. yesterday, states that the French court request India’s assistance in the Rafale investigation as a new navy deal looms ahead. During PM Modi’s upcoming visit to France, an announcement is anticipated regarding the acquisition of 26 additional Rafale jets, valued at around Rs 90,000 crore.

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