One thing I’m certain of …………THE KHOBRAGADE EPISODE WAS A MANUFACTURED ONE The people who manufactured it probably didn’t factor in Indian politics and the upcoming elections
The Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC), led by Defence Minister A K Antony, took up the procurement of the fire-and-forget Israeli “Spike” ATGMs for clearance on April 2. But the case was kept “pending” after being referred for “a technology scan” since it was “a single vendor situation” without any competition, said sources.The”technology scan” basically certifies it’s not possible to get the weapon system from anywhere else. The DAC will consider the case after the scan,” said a source. The “buy global” project for the shoulder-fired ATGMs had begun — after DRDO failed to deliver an indigenous system — with THE ISRAELI SPIKE BEING PITTED AGAINST THE AMERICAN FGM-148 JAVELIN MISSILES. BUT THE US COULD NOT ASSURE INDIA OF PROVIDING FULL TOT (TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY ) to allow indigenous production. Consequently, only the Spike ATGMs underwent extensive field trials conducted by the Army.
US deputy secretary of defence Ash Carter offers a joint project to manufacture next-generation Javelin missiles during his visit to India. The US thus seems ready for Transfer of Technology
Defence Minister A K Antony holds yet another DAC and puts off the Anti Tank missile issue yet again Remember by this time the US has agreed for Transfer of technology and is probably the clear front-runner for the 2.5 billion dollar deal
DECEMBER 11-15 2013 KHOBRAGADE EPISODE BREAKS OUT
Devyani Khobragade is ordered to be arrested by Preetstein Bhararaberg the kosher bag man ,is strip searched and cavity probed for a wage dispute with her maid and a related Visa misstatement The law firm representing the maid is linked to an NGO whose board of Directors has several employees of Rothschild controlled firms The incident gets due publicity in the US and blows up in India because Devyanis father who is an IAS officer himself and is a Dalit approches BSPs Mayawati – A couple of days later Maywati makes a speech in Parliament about how the Government is ignoring the Khobragade case because she is a Dalit All political hell breaks loose as the Government takes a strong stand to be seen as both standing up to the US and supporting a Dalit IFS(Indian Foreign Service) Officer
DECEMBER 11-JAN 10 CONTROVERSY IS BLOWN UP
Media on both sides but especially in India blows up the issue Stories are planted and maids hold demonstrations which seem to be choreographed by some PR firm from the Big Three Martin Sorrells WPP Levys Publicis Omnicom or Roths Interpublic
The ongoing diplomatic kerfuffle over the Devyani Khobragade episode is no hurdle as far defence deals with the US are concerned. India and the US have inked another mega contract, the $1.01 billion one for six additional C-130J “Super Hercules” aircraft, while some others are being finalized.
The US is also in the contention for the over Rs 15,000 crore project to equip the 355 infantry battalions of the Indian Army with third-generation, shoulder-fired anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). After the US initially created roadblocks in the transfer of technology (ToT) for its “Javelin” ATGMs, India had turned to the Israeli “Spike” ATGMs for the project, which will involve an initial import of the tank-killing missiles followed by ToT to defence PSU Bharat Dynamics for indigenous manufacture.
But the A K Antony-led Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC) last month (November11 2013) put on hold a decision on clearing the Israeli case after the US offered a joint project to manufacture the next-generation of ATGMs.THE MOD WILL CONSIDER BOTH THE AMERICAN AND ISRAELI PROJECTS NOW AND CHOOSE THE ONE WHICH SUITS INDIA BETTER,” SAID THE SOURCE.
JAN 10 2014 INDIA US WORK OUT A DEAL
India and the US work out a deal Khobragade is charged but the US recognizes her UN Diplomatic immunity As a formality the US asks India to waive her diplomatic cover India refuses The US expels Khobragade India expels the US diplomat who helped the maid Sandra Richards family escape from India despite a Delhi High Court order prohibiting them from leaving Preetberg Bhararastein goes back to his Madoff duties and THE US MAY ACTUALLY WIN THE ANTI TANK MISSILE DEAL