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Policy wonk from the life sciences. Bilingual podcaster. Host @haratepod. Prev: Pragati Pod & @BICblr Talks. 💙 Epic fantasy, anime, D&D & sci-fi. 🫶 @nonaness_
Jul 21, 2018 13 tweets 4 min read
My take on #Rafale:

1. Defence purchases involve secrecy agreements, but they don't necessarily cover price disclosures.

2. Armament sellers want to strike the best possible deals with multiple countries, so it helps them if prices are kept secret. 3. But India as a buyer of armaments has quite a bit of market power, and can contest conditions imposed by sellers. Buyers can also force sellers to conform to democratic transparency and disclosure requirements.