Is Agni V the silver bullet that India was looking for?
Arguably, it was a small, yet, significant step for missile technology, but if you go by 24X7 TV and social media networks, the launch of Agni V from Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast was a giant leap for India. The prime minister congratulated the scientists of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) - an outfit often pulled up for perceived slowness in cutting-edge research - its scientists were paraded as national heroes; even China took note, making noises about cooperation, not competition.
So, now that the dust has settled well in Wheeler Island, it's time for a reality check.
Well, the fundamental strategic reality is that no means of conventional catching-up will give India an edge in the ...more