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Massive augmentation of India’s armed forces

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  1. Zapper

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    It has been reported in the Indian and Pakistan print media lately that India has firmed up its plan to massively augment its military capability over the next 5-7 years. According to information emanating from an official document and Indian military sources, published in leading Indian Daily ‘India Today’ on September 11 and some leading English dailies of Pakistan on October 23, 2019, India has decided to take a quantum leap vis-à-vis strengthening its military capability. As reported, India has finalised a plan to spend USD 130 billion over the next five to seven years to modernise its armed forces. The document, as reported in the media, says the Indian government will work on a comprehensive plan to expedite modernisation of its army, navy and the air force. Under this plan, a range of significant weapons, missiles, fighter jets, submarines and warships will be procured in the next few years.
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    Regardless of all that has been reported vis-à-vis India’s plans to strengthen its armed forces phenomenally and it’s not so good past track-record with regard to procurement of military hardware for its armed forces, what should be a cause for major concern for the countries of the region, China and Pakistan in particular, is India’s unprecedented hegemonic designs in this part of the globe. Strongly backed by the US, in particular, and the other powers that be, in general, which are deeply engaged in selling state-of-the-art military hardware worth billions of dollars to India, augmentation of its armed forces has become a cornerstone of India’s defense policy.

    According to Indian defense analysts, Pakistan is an immediate threat to India while China will be a medium- term threat, they presume. They, therefore, firmly believe that India should focus more on Chinese military threat because, according to them, if India is prepared take on China it could capably confront two-front wars.


    A report of ‘The Military Balance’, a prestigious annual publication of The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) UK, published in eminent Indian Daily-The Economic Times on February 15, 2018, India overtook the UK as the fifth-largest defense spender in the world in 2017 at $52.5 billion. Quoting from the 2018 issue of ‘The Military Balance 2018’, The Economic Times further said that India’s defense budget broke into the world’s top five, beating the UK for the first time, signaling a key shift in the military balance between the two countries. India overtook the UK as the fifth-largest defense spender in the world in 2017 at $52.5 billion, up from $51.1 billion in 2016. In contrast, the UK’s defense budget fell from $52.5 billion in 2016 to $50.7 billion last year. According to a list (2019 Fact Sheet) published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) India’s defense budget has risen to $66.5 in 2019.

    Bolstering its armed forces beyond justifiable limits cogently reflects India’s hegemonic ambitions. It is a known fact that India’s phenomenal military buildup is largely focused on containing Pakistan and generally the countries of the region. Yet another reason often given by India for massively augmenting the Indian armed forces is the threat that it claims to be facing from China. The China factor vis-à-vis India’s perpetual augmentation of its armed forces is what is being strongly backed by the US in particular and the other powers that be in general. It is a universal fact that the US strongly desires to see India emerge as a regional power particularly to contain China.

    The question however is, have people at the helm of governance in India ever realized that attainment of its hegemonic ambitions, through massive build up of its armed forces, is costing its downtrodden masses very dearly? Have they ever thought that the people who have been bringing them to the citadel of power, time and again, deserve a better deal than what they have always got over the past seven decades? Apparently, they haven’t.

    According to the latest Indian Human Development Survey, released on May 11, 2019, nearly half (47.9 per cent) the Indian households that have more than five children are severely deprived of shelter, water, sanitation, health and education as compared to 7.8 per cent of poor families without children. According to the World Bank up to 24 per cent of the world’s poor live in India, the fifth largest country by gross domestic product in 2017. Sadly, the situation vis-à-vis the issue of poverty in Pakistan is not very encouraging either. Some reports reveal that roughly 40% of the population of Pakistan lives below the poverty line. The prevailing dismal poverty scenario in India and Pakistan conveys a very cogent message to the people at the helm of governments in both countries that they should make sincere and sustained efforts to improve the depressing lives of their browbeaten masses.

    What then does the scenario described above depicts and solicits? It evidently portrays that India, in particular, is utterly neglecting the welfare of a very large segment of its masses. It is doing so, by unjustifiably spending a significant part of its resources on strengthening its armed forces rather than on the wellbeing of over 70 percent of its (1.36 billion) underprivileged populace. Compelled by India’s massive expansion of its armed forces, Pakistan too is being forced to spend roughly Rs. 1.15 trillion (amounting to 17 percent) of its national budget on its armed forces. This too, undeniably, is a fairly sizeable amount when looked at in the context of its total annual (2019) national budget of Rs.7 trillion.

    This extremely unfortunate situation solicits from those at the helm of government in India, in particular, that it should give up its hegemonic ambitions in the region and divert a significant part of the huge sum that it is spending on strengthening its armed forces towards the wellbeing of its poverty stricken, underprivileged segment of the population. If good sense prevails and the Indian government decides to judiciously curtail its gargantuan defense expenditure, for the reason cited above, Pakistan too will then be able to reduce its defense budget to a rational level and spend the money it saves towards the welfare of the underprivileged segment of the country’s populace.

    India’s relations with Pakistan are currently at its lowest ebb. The relations between the two countries cannot improve unless the core issue of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK), an issue which continues to be a bone of contention between the India and Pakistan for over 7 decades, is not resolved forthwith. The atrocities that the brutal Indian forces continue to brazenly commit in the occupied territory must end immediately. The UN, the US and the world community must play a conclusive role in resolving the grave Kashmir issue by prevailing on India to grant right to self-determination to the people of the occupied territory, in accordance with the charters of the United Nations and the UN Resolution of 1948.

    https://nation.com.pk/07-Nov-2019/massive-augmentation-of-india-s-armed-forces
     
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  2. Jugger

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    This is obviously needed as India's maritime trade become too valuable to be left undefended.

    This may also agitate some of India’s neighbours, especially the smaller nation Pakistan.

    Indian navy is the real powerhouse and the most potent arm for power projection.
     
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    AAAAAAAAhhhhhhhh the small nations of South Asia! Tell me about them.
     
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    lol small.... but big dick like you experienced ask your Air Force.
     
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    India is doing what the Arabs did with the 1973 war. Countering India can best be done through striking their critical military/industrial/political nodes based on intelligence, and key high tech weapons that allow Pakistan to keep pace. Pakistan should not fall into the trap of massively ramping up defense spending (beyond what is absolutely needed) at the detriment of its economy. India is more bluff than bite. Once the economy stabilized and starts growing Pakistan can slowing increase defense spending. Countering India will also need to be done by building up political soft power around the world. The French have a doctrine of a demonstration of a single strategic weapon to show resolve. If need be; Pakistan should be prepared to do the same in its own desert near the border against open desert to show the world Pakistan is serious. The world will get real serious real fast if INdia does not back the f down from its BS adventurism, and Pakistan will have demonstrated its resolve, forcing the world to intervene or be prepare for actual strategic implications. Then the $100+ Billion India spends will be all for naught.
     
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  6. Hakikat ve Hikmet

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    Exactly what went cross my mind....

    Too many cooks spoil the broth...

    The Muslims believe in ONE and ONLY ONE GOD, without any share in HIS absolute POWER, PLANNING, EXECUTION etc....

    Ve Khairi ve Sherrihi Minallahi Tevala - both good and evil are with the PERMISSION and under the ADMINISTRATION of Allah-u Azim-ush Shan [HIS RIZA is in Khair only]....

    Pak's success, historically speaking, lies in the relentless Mujadele under Iman and Ihlas with a singularity of purpose....

    As for the defense build-up on the Pak front, she will be doing what she's been doing for the last 4.5+ decades...
     
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    India is not Israel or Arab. Israel is a tiny state. One can't target installations of India without getting a serious retaliation from India. In 73 war, Arabs could hit Israel and almost defeat it because of Israeli small size. India can't be compared to Arabs either as India has indigenous defence manufacturing which Arabs did not have and Pakistan is not as tiny as Israel. The situation is significantly different from any of the historical wars.
     
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    Already tried by Pakistan.
    Tried to imitate Israel in 71.
    Rest is history
     
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    It’s not the same but it rhymes. Actually in India’s case they train and plan based on soviet/Russian tactics, so it is not that different from other soviet client states as in the 1973 war. The difference is Pakistan has intimate knowledge of this war as an active participant, and has studied the other side as well. Pakistan knows how to keep its guard up and Plan accordingly.
     
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    Small nation, but Fantastic Tea :pakistan:
     
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    Iman, Ihlas... What the....
    If what you state is true then the US forces has more Ihlas and Iman than the rest of the world combined.

    Too many scriptures and too less common sense makes Junaid a dull boy.
     
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    India doesn't use Russian tactics. India has territory which has all type of territory - mountain, plains, hot desert, cold desert, coastal areas, Islands etc. So, Indian doctrine qnd tactics include all of the above factors. Russia doesn't have any arid and hot areas nor does it have extensive coastline not covered by ice.

    Moreover, what matters most is strategy rather than tactics. Indian strategic advancement in defence technology is far too advanced for any country to counter with just tactics.
     
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    But you're relying more on Russia for weapons and therefore adopting Russian tactics especially for Mountainous/cold area doctrines
     
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    It's not easy for both Pakistan and India to dominate in a war since some of the weapons both the nation posses do keep a good balance with each other. Pakistan too is ramping up her Navy with the induction of Chinese type 54 frigates, Turkish milgems and 8 AIPs subs in the next 8-9 years.
     
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    is supa powa taking training into account? how long will it take to train their navy?