The Steepest Defence Hike in Indian History

The Brahmin-Occupied-Government (BOG) has embarked upon the largest-ever expansion in Indian military spending. This is not surprising, since Brahmins have been war-mongering ever since the earliest days of history. Each and every war fought in Indian history occurred when a Brahmin was Prime Minister.

Yet, the hike pushed through by the fanatic Pandit Vajpayee is the steepest in Indian history. This we learn from -

Pundit Vajpayee the Brahmin raises Defence Spending

War-Mongering is a traditional Brahmin tactic to divert attention from the failure of the Nehruvian Indian Union

The Steepest Defence Hike occurs during a Brahmin's reign as PM

The Asian Age
Wed., Vol.3, No.60, March 1, 2000, p.1

Defence on Kargil heights after Rs. 13,000 cr raise

By Rahul Bedi New Delhi, Feb. 29

The steepest hike ever in India?s Defence Budget of Rs 13,000 crores to Rs 58,587 crores for greater operational preparedness remains meaningless till the services streamline their priorities and institutionalise a rational approach to defence planning to meet the needs of an emerging nuclear weapons state.

A majority of the increase will be mopped up by an increasing number of pensioners who accounted for nearly a fifth of the defence outlay of Rs 52,690 crores for 1999-2000. Pensions, salaries and other recurring expenses like stores and maintenance of the modern day ?Mughal? Army with one of the highest teeth to tail ratios, soaked up over 75 per cent of the present financial year?s Defence Budget.

And though the defence outlay has now increased from 2.3 per cent to 2.5 per cent of the gross domestic product, the share of capital spending to replace and upgrade obsolete and unserviceable weapon systems and build a credible nuclear weapons arsenal alongside, has been steadily decreasing due to the absence of any cohesive planning.

Continually changing priorities by all three services, capricious planning and the absence of phased modernisation and re-equipping programmes have, over the years, led to ad hoc acquisitions,? an Army officer said. This, he declared, showed up in last summer?s Kargil conflict in which the Army and ministry of defence officials blamed each other for the inadequacies which led to the Pakistani intrusion and an expense of Rs 1,984 crores to evict them. And, once the dangers posed by Pakistan?s intrusion into Kargil abated, the familiar routine of inactivity gripped the military and the defence ministry.

The prevailing situation regarding equipment and ordnance in all three services - grossly burdened by the Kargil conflict and the cost of manning the Line of Control for around Rs 10 crores a day - is similar to the early 1980s when ?accumulated obsolescence? necessitated a rash of knee-jerk acquisitions, some of which, in retrospect, were found to be impractical and useless. ?The history of defence procurement in India is scandalous,? declares Brian Cloughley, a military historian from Australia.

The war drums might be beating in India, he declared, but the sinews are weak.

Recommendations like the Arun Singh Committee report which stressed the importance of integrating civil and military finance officers, scientists and experts from the MoD in the procurement process as a sensible and economical way forward have been ignored. ?Till there is a concerted approach to defence planning and procurement, no amount of money will be adequate to make India?s borders more secure,? an officer said.

To maintain a credible conventional deterrence against a nuclear backdrop, India is negotiating for around 60 advanced jet trainers to bring down one of the world?s highest accident rates, more Mirage 2000 fighters from France and upgraded MiG-21 Bis interceptors from Russia.

The Army is in the market for around 4,000 155mm self-propelled howitzers to revamp its artillery, self-propelled 155mm weapon systems for mechanised infantry units from South Africa, T-90 tanks and missile systems from Russia. The Navy, on the other hand, has completed negotiations with Russia for an aircraft carrier armed with a MiG-29 air group and is considering buying more frigates from Moscow.

Alongside, the Kargil war necessitated the acquisition of hugely expensive surveillance equipment, radar and other equally expensive force multipliers. Force Structure 2015, an analysis prepared by the Army early last year, recommended re-shaping itself into a ?lean, mobile and technologically-oriented? force underpinned by force multipliers like precision guided missile and surveillance, satellite imagery, electronic warfare and information warfare systems. The Army planned on downsizing itself by around 170,000 personnel by 2005 in a ?nuclear environment? and re-orient formations by making the three strike and eight reserve corps ?inter-operable.? It also planned to disband and amalgamate regiments and mothball equipment to sustain war wastage reserves, cut costs and increase efficiency. But Kargil changed all that, militating against cutbacks and necessitating an enhanced Budget, merely to sustain the military?s ?holding operation? against its external adversaries and internal rebellions.

That these weapons are not going to go in cold storage is evident from statements made by the Sangh itself. Thus, Sudarshan, Pandit Vajpayee's superior in the Sangh hierarchy, predicted a war: " K S Sudarshan has warned of another "epic war" between Hindus and anti-Hindus " [ `RSS chief warns of epic war between Hindus, anti-Hindus,' Deccan Chronicle Mar 16, 2000 ]. Yes, Sudrashan is a Brahmin. Much of the hike is no doubt devoted towards nuclear weapons. The likelihood of a nuclear holocaust in South Asia draws ever nearer, thanks to the Psycopathic Pandits bent upon pursuing Brahmin Imperialism.

However, in their blind fanaticism and war-mongering the Brahminists are instead drawing India closer to the abyss. The incredible cost which a nuclear arsenal entails is putting an incredible strain on the Indian economy, which is showing every sign of impending collapse. It is solely due to the booming dot-com revolution that the Indian financial sector is apparently healty. Besides this sole success region, the rest of India is financially already in the doldrums. Unwittingly, the Brahminists of the BJP have started undermining the Indian economy. The most likely scenario for the future is thus an Indonesia-style economic meltdown caused by military overspending on expensive proxy wars in Kashmir and the building-up of a nuclear arsenal. And, just as political collapse followed economic collapse in Indonesia and Yugoslavia, the dismemberment of the Indian Union draws ever closer. The Dalit dream of a Dalitstan will then automatically follow. Nuclear weapons did not make the Soviet Union safe. They are not going to make India safe either.

-- Dipak Digal,
Dalitstan Journal,
Volume 2, Issue 4 (Aug 2000)

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