By Anantha Krishnan M
Thirteen hours of non-stop meetings, facility visits, speeches in between, listening to attention-seeking officials, visitors and photo sessions hardly seemed to have frazzled India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Parked a few metres from his make-shift office was a Service aircraft ready to transport him and the battery of officials to the next destination. “The take-off is at 8 pm,” reminded one of his aides.
Parrikar adjusts his reading glasses and says matter-of-factly. “You go ahead with your questions, I am listening.”
He takes a look at the watch. “It’s 7.40 (pm). Okay, go-ahead,” he says, nodding his head. It was time for a really supersonic interview before the scheduled take-off at 8 pm. Excerpts from the interview granted to OneIndia.
* IAF keen on Tejas squadron at the earliest
* My job is to clear all the hurdles
* Forces need to be motivated
* ‘I don’t need any publicity’
Read the above bullet points in detail on OneIndia: http://bit.ly/17WKIo2