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Arun Jaitley who is the current Defence Minister also happens to be Finance Minister and Minister of Corporate Affairs. Therefore, he is in charge of three very important ministries. 

As it is, handling one ministry is a huge ask, but here Mr Jaitley is not just handling three ministries, two of these three are huge responsibilities i.e. Finance and Defence and both require full time managing and monitoring. 

It is humanly not possible to give full and 100% attention to each ministry and thus, there are bound to be some slip ups here and there. 

Since the past 9 months Mr Jaitley has been busy with Demonetisation, Annual Budget and GST, respectively. This has left him with hardly any time to devote to the equally important Defence Ministry.

As a result, since March, 2017, the following events have happened:

1. China India standoff at Doklam which has been on since weeks needs direct involvement of the MoD else it can spiral out of control;

2. India is time and again being subject to Cyber attacks and there needs to be a huge push for cyber security and firewalling the Indian internet;

3. Kashmir is not just simmering but Sparks are flying and it will take only one moment for it to blow up into mammoth proportions if not handled with tact;

4. Attacks like those on the Amarnath Yatra are dangerous warnings of things to come;

I may not be able to list all the reasons here but I firmly believe that a huge country like India which is having tensions on both the borders cannot afford to be without a full time Defence Minister at such a crucial time. It has been 4 months and we only have a one third Minister of Defence for no fault of his. 

We need to build on our strategic partnerships and bolster our old friendships and the MoD should be doing that but doesn't seem to have the time. The borders being so hot require real time decision making and it will not be physically possible for Mr Arun Jaitley to be always available for the same. 

I sincerely urge our Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi to waste no further time and immediately appoint a full time Defence Minister for the better protection of Indian interests and the citizens of India!

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