Hello to all. This is Eagle2000 - and I have been reading the threads as a daily hobby for the last few years but have not posted anything for a long time. Is it right to be the world's largest arms importer? what does it mean and why is it relevant A clue - We are not the world's largest spender on defence equipment - but we are the largest importer. Why ? What does it mean? India has one of the largest R&D establishment in terms of manpower. It has a huge capital outlay in ordinance factories. But it still does not "grow its own food". Why? I am not trying to answer - but hoping that we can collectively discuss the situation. Let me throw the first question to all- Is it a good thing that we are the world's largest importer of arms (and not in the context of guns vs butter as in economics) ? If yes - why? If not - why? And my thanks to all who answer - let us impassionately analyse rather than react to opinions.