DEFENCE Ministry has always been important for those who are connected with arms production and supplies across the globe. The Defence Minister of India is not only pressured by arms dealers and lobbyists, but also by his own party leadership. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is no exception. The stakes are very high as India is on an arms-buying spree worth billions of dollars. One was, however, aghast to learn that arms lobbyists seem to have penetrated the RSS too. The rumour that Parrikar was on his way out was spread by a top RSS leader. Newsmen got active as there was no such indication from the Prime Minister’s Office. Reporters strived to find out the truth in this. Parrikar is a no-nonsense leader who has been taking every step shrewdly. The beat reporters found out that a particular arms lobby has penetrated the RSS and is seeking Parrikar’s shift from the Ministry. The news reached Parrikar also; he invited some important journalists and briefed them candidly. He said that he did not want to come to Delhi and join the Ministry, and now that he has joined as Minister, he is not intending to go. He said, “No one can remove me except the Prime Minister. I am sure that Nagpur (headquarters of RSS) also likes me. I am here to stay and complete the agenda of the Ministry.” The rumour was then given a quiet burial.
VOL. 10, ISSUE 1 | APRIL, 2016