I was shocked when I read the editorial. The bitter experience of the 1962 war has not taught the Indian political rulers a lesson. They still bury their head in the sand like ostrich. The Indian army is well known for its discipline. They never murmur any complaint. They only obeyed the orders of the political masters. They fought the war with the obsolete and crude toys provided to them.
Now the rifle used by the Indian army is outdated with this outdated weapon how they can deal the powerful enemy country like China. Higher allocation is a crying need of the defence sector. Keeping in mind the threat on Chinese borders and Pak borders Indian’s defence preparedness has to be enhanced drastically. Now, it is only 1.6 per cent
of the GDP. This is the lowest after the 1962 defeat. India doesn’t learn from past mistakes and keeps on neglecting its military needs despite threats of war looming large on our borders.
India is on track to doubling the size of its economy to $5 trillion by 2015. At present India’s GDP value terms currently stands at $2.5 trillion making it the 6th largest economy in the world. At least 10 per cent of the GDP should be allocated to defence. Policy makers have to remember that a potent and ready military is a must for becoming a global power.
The possibility of a two front war is a reality. Recently the Army vice chief Lt. Gen Sarath Chand said that 60 per cent of its arsenal is obsolete.
If the government wants any advice regarding defence, it is better to ask the service chiefs. As they are veterans they will give only apt advice. But unfortunately India Government is reluctant to seek advice from the generals. They prefer the advice of government secretaries whose grip in defence matters is a big zero. This attitude of the government should be rectified at the earliest.
India makes Nuclear as well as Hydrogen bombs. India can send satellites even for developed nation. India’s Mars orbiter mission has been successful in the
1st attempt. It is a great paradox to say that such a great country is not able to manufacture guns and fighter planes for its armed forces. India’s defence public sector undertaking were created to achieve self-reliance in defence production. But their condition is miserable today.
It is a great shame to say that in order to protect the Indian Soverignity, our country is depending small countries like Israel. Despite a world’s largest military spender, India is not among top 3 military powers in terms of modern weapon and logistic.
Within a few years time India will send man to space. Why this interest is not seen in producing rifles and fighter jets. If
India wants to known as a super power, it will have to focus on research and development and to achieve self-reliance in defence.
— Ranjit Chacko