Indian arms race accelerates further
Posted by robertpriddy on March 22, 2012
India leads arms imports: Swedish think tank “India is the world’s largest arms importer,” the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said as it released its latest report on trends in the international arms trade. “India received nine percent of the volume of international arms transfers during 2006-10, with Russian deliveries accounting for 82 percent of Indian arms imports,” it said. Its arms imports jumped 21 percent from the previous five-year-period with 71 percent of its orders being for aircraft. India’s arms purchases were driven by several factors, said Siemon Wezeman of SIPRI’S Arms Transfers Programme. “The most often cited relate to rivalries with Pakistan and China as well as internal security challenges,” he wrote..
In this ever more militaristic State, when India increases its defence budget by leaps and bounds year on year. It stood at 2010-11 was Rs. 11,08,749 crore (8.6 % increase of previous year) 2011-12 $36.03 billion (11.59% more than the previous year) But for 2012-13 (US$ 40.44 billion) all of 17.63% more than the previous year!
Forked tongue & Janus faced Sathya Sai Baba repeatedly condemned both the possession of atomic weapons and those countries which develop them, calling their leaders ‘moral dwarves’ and yet has rewarded all who were involved in the nuclear weapons projects. Despite this, he befriended for many years the man who was known as ‘the father of India’s atom bomb’, Dr. S. Bhagavantam. (Scientific Advisor to the Defence Ministry). He subsequently strongly and repeatedly endorsed the government of Vajpayee, which revelled in the explosion of Indian nuclear devices. In 2006 he invited as the guest of honour at his 81st birthday celebrations in Puttaparthi the man who developed the first rocket delivery vehicle for nuclear weapons, India’s President, A.J.P. Kalam! Sai Baba extended his full support to all these ‘nuclear’ governments! So much for his harangues for the much-touted “human value” of non-violence (ahimsa), and for his maxim “Help Ever, Hurt Never”?
Evidently the politicians in India do not trust Sathya Sai Baba’s assurances in the least.
SEE ALSO https://robertpriddy.wordpress.com/2007/09/17/sai-baba-and-indias-atomic-arsenal/