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Risks behind India's military buildup

By Zi Mo (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

10:15, December 18, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

India has decided to focus on building defense in this period. In the recently adopted 11th Five-Year Plan, it decided to spend 8.2 billion U.S. dollars purchasing equipment from foreign countries to improve its fighting capabilities.

The Sweden Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said in a recent report that India has become the world's largest arms importer, a veritable arsenal made up of imports from many different countries.

A retired Indian Air Force general said India's rising international status required it to develop a long-range attack capability that some big countries own.

In-service officers insist that India's weapons will not pose threat to any country in the region as it exercises a policy of never attacking first.

Indian officials and scientists claimed that their Agni-V missile is the "killer" for a certain country, which obviously shows the intention of seeking regional balance of power.

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PD User at 2012-01-06182.48.216.*
Nothing going to happen other than Exploiting public funds which is useful for average citizen Bread and butter.
GadhiParivar at 2012-01-06182.48.216.*
India should not bother about external threats other than the internal peace and harmony of the common people. Average people struggling for food and basic needs, All this warfare budget only to fill Swiss Bank balances of Ruling congress party leaders and their allies.
Smiley G at 2011-12-29137.56.163.*
India and China may end end being the rogue nation that Washington is so fearful. Super egos and jealousies are a potent mix for a militaristic adventures which could see war and death in Asia. And you can thank the devil Washington and those corrupt military and politicians in New Delhi.
Naveen Rajeev Menon at 2011-12-2986.96.41.*
"There is no real winner in wars and peace opportunities must not be wasted. This is the wise judgment."...hmm. I completley agree along with all the sane people in the region. India has followed a official policy of "no first use" in its war doctrine ever since its nuclear staus, christened by the Vajpayee government. This policy virtually makes India"s nuclear and war doctrine redundant.No other country in the world can claim to be as moralistic and defensive in nature. Being defensive doesnt mean you cant be assertive.And what does this writer have to say about China"s Dongfeng range of missiles(5000 to 15000 kms). Which "imaginary enemy" is China afraid of?...I wonder.
Naveen Rajeev Menon, Sha at 2011-12-2986.96.41.*
"There is no real winner in wars and peace opportunities must not be wasted. This is the wise judgment."...hmm. I completley agree along with all the sane people in the region. India has followed a official policy of "no first use" in its war doctrine ever since its nuclear staus, christened by the Vajpayee government. This policy virtually makes India"s nuclear and war doctrine redundant.No other country in the world can claim to be as moralistic and defensive in nature. Being defensive doesnt mean you cant be assertive.And what does this writer have to say about China"s Dongfeng range of missiles(5000 to 15000 kms). Which "imaginary enemy" are you afraid of?...I wonder.
  

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