India has spent billions of dollars on purchases of arms, planes, radars and ships from the US, Russia, Britain, Germany, Israel and France, making it the biggest arms importer in the developing world.
While the world is rapidly moving towards the idea of one world as in the cyber age, economic development has replaced the shrewd politics of the past. In these terms, states prefer welfare of their people at the cost of undue defence expenditures. Europe which learnt a drastic lesson from the two world wars, presents an ideal model by integrating the continent through the European Union.
On the other side, despite criticism from various circles that India is not investing more to tackle development issues as millions remain mired in poverty; the Indian government’s unlimited defence purchases are in full swing.
In this regard, on November 2 this year, the United States agreed to sell India the most expensive—the new F-35 fighter jets. In a report to the US Congress, the Pentagon said, “We believe US aircraft such as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)…to be the best in the world”, referring to the radar-evading F-35 jet.
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