Defence of India – On A Low Budget

While national security has been laid as a priority by the Government of the day led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the need to prioritise butter vis a vis guns as the popular proverb goes has led to only nominal increase in the outlay for defence for 2020-21.

The services are resigned to the inevitable with commanders and chiefs inclined to make do with whatever has been provided by the Ministry of Finance which is likely to be way below their projected requirements by 35-50 %.

As indicated in a recent parliamentary committee reports for 2018 – 19 shortfall in percentage was for Army - 35.56 %, Navy 32.03 % and Indian Air Force 47.84 % and this is a familiar story year after year what ever be the colour of the government in New Delhi

Under the circumstances modernization of the armed forces is impacted in the long term.

Given the multifarious challenges that India is posed from a rising China, collusion of Pakistan and China – popularly known as a Two Front scenario, continued threat of militancy and terrorism internally with law and order added in recent years what then are the options for the defence of India.

Here are a few --------------

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