Out­dated weapons

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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

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