Agree with you on Rafale after long time!Well that HAL is not really happy with Dassaults public criticism shouldn't be surprising, especially after such a long time that they have relations with French aviation industry, but they don't reply in a similar manner (which is good), while the important figures are responding pretty strongly! Former DM Antony and former Air Chief Browne made clear, that Dassault has to stick to the demands shown in the RFP and if the new DM now follows that route and makes a strong statement, that's perfect because we simply are in the better position to negotiate. I even would take the next step now and make an open request to the EF consortium, to know how they would comply to the liability issue, or if they have similar problems with HAL. If they don't it's either Dassaults move to comply, or ours to put the negotiations with Dassault on hold and move to the L2, since that is the procedure of the competition. We purposely went with 2 options that suits IAFs requirements and just selected Rafale for prefered negotiations, if these don't work out, the 2nd option must be approached, as simple as that.
That is the path to follow. Looks like Rafale was planning to take India on ride when they responded to RFP.