Why we need to upgrade our defences to face China
Some alarming news in recent past has forced me to go public with my concerns. Recently Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has reported that India has become the world's largest arms importer. Along with the largest number of persons under the poverty line or children suffering from malnutrition, this is a dubious distinction that we could do without.
Side by side with this report was also the news that the Indian Air Force is planning to import even the basic trainers at the cost of Rs 3,000 crore from Switzerland. What a fall for a country that in the 1960s had designed its own HF-24 Marut fighter bomber and has been making basic trainers since 1940s! ...more