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    India increases defence budget by 28 per cent




    NEW DELHI: Indian Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha announced a 28.2 per cent defence budget increase, the biggest ever, to $13.5 billion for the year beginning on April 1.

    Presenting his annual budget to parliament on Tuesday, Sinha said defence allocation would be raised by Rs 130 billion ($3 billion) to Rs 586 billion. "This represents the largest ever increase in the defence budget in any single year," Sinha said, adding that "more will be provided whenever needed."

    The increase is likely to fuel international concerns over escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. Stressing that there "cannot be any compromise on defence," Sinha said Indian troops had demonstrated they were "second to none in the world" during last year's military conflict in the Kargil sector in Kashmir with Pakistan. "We shall not shrink from making any sacrifice to guard and protect every inch of our beloved motherland," he said.

    Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said "security reasons" had necessitated the dramatic increase in military spending, which has stagnated at 2.3 per cent of gross domestic product for more than a decade. "I am confident that the people of the country will try and understand the security requirements," Vajpayee told reporters after the budget was unveiled.

    Vajpayee said that defence spending had been raised sharply because the security situation was deteriorating. "The security environment has deteriorated after the Kargil war and we have to meet the challenge," he said.

    India's defence budget last year saw a modest increase of 10.9 per cent just about keeping in step with inflation. The 1.3-million-strong army, which bore the brunt of the Kargil offensive last summer, received the largest slice of the defence budget, with Sinha increasing its share by $543 million to $6.7 billion for 2000-2001.

    The air force was given a hike of $403 million to $1.83 billion, which dimmed its hopes of picking up much-needed advanced jet trainers worth $1.16 billion. The Indian navy's annual spending was increased by $163 million to $939 million.

    Military analysts said the spending increase was largely justified given relatively low levels of military expenditure in the past. "This increase was expected and is in keeping with the problems faced by the armed forces during the war at Kargil," said Sujit Dutta of the Indian Institute of Defence Analysis and Studies (IDSA).

    "This defence budget tries to compensate for the low level of military expenditure seen in India since 1987," Dutta said. "But we do not think that even this increase will compensate for the shortfalls in the capital expenditure that has accumulated over the years," Dutta warned.

    Besides the airforce's demand for trainer jets, the army too wants T-90 tanks worth $930 million and the navy wants $300 million for a Russian aircraft carrier. Military research units are fighting for a rise in their $654 million budget for the mass production of ballistic missiles.

    Dismissing the prospect of international censure, the analysts pointed out that India's military spending was still lower than equivalent expenditure some neighbouring countries such as China and Pakistan. "They have been spending well over three per cent of their GDP for years, so where is this question of international concern arising from?" said Dutta, who is also a specialist on Sino-Indian relations.


    #2
    As Aziz Bhatti Shaheed said and has been quoted in earlier threads:-

    "Fauj tadaad say nahi Istadaad say banti hay"


    Let the time come and Insha Allah we will tell kay zore kiss main zayada hay, let shall be a 28% increase or 128%, its the Jazba of Jihad which counts, as our Jawaans know that if they return they will be ghazis and if the Die, they will be Shaheed. And this incentive is not in the Enemy's Army.


    Tum he say aye mujahido jahaan kaa sababd hay.
    Shaheed ki jo mote hay woh kaum ki hayaat hay...

    [This message has been edited by Capt Gulsher Khan (edited March 01, 2000).]

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      #3
      After the increase in defence budget, Pakistan has started geting loose motions.

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        #4
        haha! loose motions to tum ko Kargil main lagay thay. Haha!

        Well India already had the budget 10 BIllion for defence, and PAkistan had 2.4 billion, so jahan itna farq hay wahan aur sahi, instead of of the ratio of 1:5 Pakistani jawaans to Indian jawaans, maybe it be 1:6, no proble, time will tell!

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          #5
          I agree with daroga khan sahib.

          Pakistan says that India killed 70000 people in Kashmir in last 12 yrs using 700000 Indian soldiers.

          That works out killing 6000 people a year using 700000 people.

          On the other hand, Pakistan army around 95000, killed around 3 million in less than a year in Bangladesh (not to mention 10 million refugees), that is 500 times more people killed per year using 1/7 force.

          This proves that average Pakistani soldier is 3500 times more efficient than Indian soldier.

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            #6
            Former Indian Musharraf present CEO of Pakistan decides India's Defence Budget, not Indian Finance Minister.

            Who indeed decides the size of India's Defence Budget? Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha seems to think that the credit for the highest-ever increase in the country's defence allocation should go to Chief Executive of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf.

            When asked if the increased defence outlay implied a show of belligerence during a live chat on the Internet, Sinha remarked that they should say this to Musharraf, who has hiked defence expenses. In the live webcast, the FM said ôKargil expenditure would take up the entire amount I am mopping up this year."

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              #7
              India's increase in budget spending is one way to make Pakistan beggar.

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                #8
                Originally posted by mohabbat:
                Former Indian Musharraf present CEO of Pakistan decides India's Defence Budget, not Indian Finance Minister.
                So what's the fun. You are proud of it, it will rebound and come back to you. India can easily afford to raise it to this limit, how about yours. In any case I don't think this is something which you should feel proud of because if we increase our budget more guns will be targetted against you and you will also try to increase the same on your side and in the end this rat race that your CE has put us into will kill more human beings (irrespective of the nationalities). Be happy with that.

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                  #9
                  As Aziz Bhatti Shaheed said and has been quoted in earlier threads:-
                  "Fauj tadaad say nahi Istadaad say banti hay"


                  What if the fauj has istadaad and are also more in tadaad.... loose motions to enemies. HOpe you have enough water afte the Indus Agreement to wipe it off.


                  Let the time come and Insha Allah we will tell kay zore kiss main zayada hay, let shall be a 28% increase or 128%, its the Jazba of Jihad which counts, as our Jawaans know that if they return they will be ghazis and if the Die, they will be Shaheed. And this incentive is not in the Enemy's Army.
                  Tum he say aye mujahido jahaan kaa sababd hay.
                  Shaheed ki jo mote hay woh kaum ki hayaat hay...


                  Jihad is to save your religion only whereas our Jawans are above that and serve the nation irrespective of the religion they have or the religion of the enemy. Who told you that we do not have Jazbaa. Do you think the Indian jawans there work only because of money and are fighting for a mere few thousand of rupees. Pls. correct yourself. The shaer that you used for your people is true for everyone. If Pak army is patriotic, so is Indian army and people. But should we waste so many lives for fighting over the definition of border. This is the big question.

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