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Publisher and CEO Blog - Pawan Agrawal Blog

Adequate Budget For Defence

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Defence budget is the most vital element of the budget of the Union of India. Without adequate budgetary provisions for defence requirements, it is not at all possible for the defence forces to fight the challenges, prevailing as of now, for the world’s biggest democratic country like India. After Independence, the scenario for our country has changed drastically to a two-front war with both our adversaries also instigating terror strikes with the intention of undermining Indian unity and cohesiveness through a low-cost game-plan of ‘death by a thousand cuts’ of the kind just perpetrated in Pulwama. Though successive governments have tried to empower the defence forces, the outlays for defence have proved to be inadequate to deal with the prevailing challenges.

An assessment of the security scenario brings to the fore the tremendous difficulties faced by India’s defence forces in defending against the continual attacks by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir and against the Chinese along the Line of Actual Control over more than 7,000 km. Frequent attempts by Pakistan to infiltrate terrorists into J&K and trying to capture the Siachen glacier and China’s intrusions across the Himalayas saw a long confrontation in Dokhlam near Bhutan last year. The conflict in the north perforce demands constant vigil in the southern oceanic expanse by the Indian Navy and the IAF. Insufficient funding has brought the armed forces to “make do” with obsolescent equipment and still get the better of Pakistan in Kargil and more recently in J&K where a refurbished MiG-21 Bison aircraft flown by Wg Cdr Abhinandan shot down a supposedly superior F-16 of the Pakistan Air Force. These skirmishes underscored the superior skills and guts and bravery of the Indian warriors.

But this is an untenable situation and cannot be allowed to be the norm. Both the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Finance must now trawl the national budget to raise the outlay for the armed forces to at least two per cent of the Gross Domestic Product as suggested by the Parliamentary Committee on Defence some decades ago.

This edition, dear reader, is dedicated to the defence budget, its short-falls and possible solutions to make the defence apparatus more strong and efficient. Team DSA feels that the first thing our next government should do is to increase the defence budget in the coming years to make the Indian Armed Forces the best on the globe. That is only possible when the sufficient funds are being made available to our defence forces.

The situation with Pakistan is worsening every day and I think that it is important now that every citizen of India should be more aware about the defence and security concerns by and large. And, being the CEO and Publisher of DSA magazine, I am committed to bring more awareness and clarity on the subject in a much more effective way with the support of the entire team of DSA!

Jai Hind!

 

LCA TEJAS:Is It Sufficient For India?

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With never-ending assaults on India’s territorial integrity from the very moment of our tryst with destiny, the nation has learned hard lessons in the defence of national sovereignty. Yet while we have made admirable strides in the automobile, telecommunications, atomic energy, and space, we are still heavily dependent on arms imports for national security.

This dependence is most noticeable in military aviation where different types of aircraft have been bought from different sources forcing the nation to rely heavily on imported spare-parts and maintenance support at crucial junctures. The latest deal for the acquisition of the French Rafale fighter aircraft has drawn the spotlight on indigenously designed and developed Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas. The question that has come to the fore is: If we can produce the money to pay foreign original equipment manufacturers, why cannot we invest the same at home and create a viable militaryindustrial complex through public-private participation?

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Knowing The Indian Army

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Do we really understand the importance of the Indian Army? Once a year we are reminded that it is the single largest group of volunteers in the world who have dedicated their lives to defend their motherland. And to die for it. Every strand of the varied religions, castes, languages and regions are represented in it. This year is also special as it is the centenary year of the end of World War I and occasion to remember and glorify the acts of bravery on foreign soil by warriors from the subcontinent.

Its participation in World War II has a special connotation in that there was general expectation that it would be repaid by the British Raj with the grant of dominion status to a colony that was acknowledged to be the “jewel in the crown”.

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Dealing With Omni - Directional Threats

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The entire environment on the globe has changed drastically in the past few years and most changes have happened in and around the oceans and the mountains. As a matter of fact, these two elements of the entire geography are the most important for mankind right from the beginning of civilisation, thus, playing a vital role directly and indirectly. As we all know that the oceans exist because of the mountains in an irrefutable geophysical cycle that affects mankind in every way.

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Impact Of Trump-Kim Summit on india

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The first most palpable impact on a world watching with bated breath was the rapid reduction of temperature as US President Donald Trump, characteristically unpredictably, dropped the thinly veiled pejorative of “rocket man” in references to North Korean President Kim Jong-un to “very talented” and “great negotiator”. There was a sigh of relief in the world. Hope of more tangible results on denuclearisation has since been strengthened by President Trump talking of a second summit soon.

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