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Cass Academic's Work Welcomed in India

A book supporting popular Indian Government initiative, Make in India has received a warm welcome in the country.

A book supporting popular Indian Government initiative, Make in India has received a warm welcome in the country.

Perspectives on India’s Defence Offset Policy, co-edited by Cass Operations and Supply Chain Management academic ManMohan Sodhi was published by Sage in April and was officially launched by Indian Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, at a Confederation of Indian Industry event in Pune, India. The book is supporting Make in India by helping bring stakeholders together on defence procurement and offsets policy.

Make in India is an initiative of the Government of India, to encourage companies to manufacture their products in India. It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year. Professor Sodhi’s book has been lauded for being in keeping with the Government’s scheme.

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Prof Sodhi said: “This book culminates a three-year project bringing together different stakeholders – the Indian government and armed forces, foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and Indian manufacturers each year to create a dialogue.

“The book compiles their divergent but sometimes converging views. It is heartening to see Indian government policies changing, possibly as a result of these annual conversations, in the direction that can catalyse Indian manufacturing and in turn all stakeholders themselves.”

India is the largest importer of defence equipment, but western companies find selling a challenge. In part because of the complicated and changing rules on the country’s requirement for companies to offset sales by investing in manufacturing in India.

At the event in Pune, Honourable Minister Parrikar, said: “As the book’s cover suggests, defence procurement is a complex three-way chess between the government, defence OEM and Indian industry. The book presents the motivations of each in their own words. For us to realise Make in India, all three players must find value in manufacturing in India. As such areas of common ground with win-win-win for all three have to be found.”

“The book is the only one of its kind in existence and it will serve our needs well in the future regardless of our perspective as government trying to balance defence needs and economic improvement, or defence OEMs trying to get business now versus developing long term profits, or Indian SMEs finding areas to work with the Indian majors. Given the illustrious contributors of the book, it is definitely worth reading as we implement Make in India.”

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