India to Spend $40b on Arms

The New York Times has an interesting piece today on India’s growing appetite for military weapons.

According to the NYT piece, India wants to spend a humongous amount of money on its military in the near future:

Over the next five years, military analysts expect the country to spend as much as $40 billion on weapons procurement alone, more than its entire annual armaments budget today –  upgrading systems as diverse as jet fighters, artillery, submarines and tanks in its largely Soviet-era arsenal.

So what if farmers are committing suicide in the hundreds in the Vidarbha region, starvation deaths are not uncommon and basic infrastructure is abysmal in most parts of the country, India must become a superpower.

At least, that seems to be the mindset these days among many influential decision makers in India today.

And vieing for the $40 billion Indian pie are the Americans, Russians and European defense companies.

India recently called for bids for a $10.2 billion program to upgrade its fighter jets. And you bet, Lockheed, Boeing, Saab and MIG Russian Aircraft are interested.

5 Responses to "India to Spend $40b on Arms"

  1. niramay   September 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Tell you what…It’s a good thing you left India for New jersey or wherever it is that you reside,for the shitty ideas politicians come up with not only boggle the minds of Indian residents, But rape them as far as reasoning and common sense is concerned. Eg.The great bastard kapil sibal wants to scrap the iit-jees, entrance exams to the the prestigious Indian institutes of engineering,which will no doubt reduce their prestige to rubble.

    Such are the stupid ideas only our government can come up with. Many a time,the government comes up with ideas that are well-meaning, but downright stupid in their execution and concept, or they concentrate on irrelevant bullshit. Responds:

    The Kapil Sibal-IIT piece piece was the first story we read when we woke up this morning. In the first place, they shouldn’t have increased the IIT count from 5 or 6 to 15. They should have invested more resources in the 5 IITs to raise them to the level of MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell etc.

    • Hari   September 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      Not only that.

      Before this abortive idea, he had decided that 12th students to get 80% marks in any board atleast to even get an opportunity to give the IIT exam!!!

      Only a brainless twit & a headless buffoon like Sibal can get such ideas & try to fob them off as reforms for the betterment of the country!!

      And just before some days when Anna Hazare was fighting for that Lokpal bill through indefinite fast & eventually succeeded, Rahul Gandhi states that people are taking undue advantage of democracy & as a result the democratic system is getting downgraded!!!

      Saw the utter rubbish & the hypocritic manner which Rahul Gandhi spoke??

      • Hari   September 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm

        Only India, a so-called developing nation, is a place where such things happen frequently & unsurprisingly!!

  2. niramay   September 24, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Kapil Sibal is already a hated figure in. India,where people could do anything to have him guillotined. But rahul Gandhi is well-loved, especially among the youth community…but for him to utter this bullshit…just shows how he takes after his dear mother. Responds:

    Rahul Gandhi is the Abhishek Bachchan of Indian politics.

  3. Hari-Senior   October 5, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Hi SI, I’m back here after a long time!

    Seeing that there is another ‘Hari’ here, I wanted to change my display name to match my user name, but alas, I’m unable to access the profile edit page (permission denied). Responds:

    Not to worry, honey!

    In line with your seniority, we’ve changed your display name to Hari – Senior.

    The johnny come lately Hari come lately is plain Hari. 😉

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