Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The production, maintenance and modernization of nuclear forces diverts vast public resources away from health care, education, climate change mitigation, disaster relief, development assistance and other vital services. Globally, annual expenditure on nuclear weapons is estimated at US$105 billion – or $12 million an hour. The World Bank forecast in 2002 that an annual investment of just US$40 - 60 billion, or roughly half the amount currently spent on nuclear weapons, would be enough to meet the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals on poverty alleviation by the target date of 2015.
Nuclear weapons spending in 2010 was more than twice the official development assistance provided to Africa and equal to the gross domestic product of Bangladesh, a nation of some 160 million people. The Office for Disarmament Affairs – the principal UN body responsible for advancing a nuclear-weapon-free world – has an annual budget of $10 million, which is less than the amount spent on nuclear weapons every hour.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Friday, September 30, 2016
If a powerful leader like Modi has to think before he teaches Pakistan a lesson, does it mean there are serious issues with our defence preparedness? Well, yes! And you know who’s to blame. It’s Congress a party devoid of nationalism.
For the last 10 years, Congress did nothing to upgrade and strengthen our armed forces.The Last decade the UPA 1 and UPA 2 period has made us really vulnerable to foreign attacks.
To fight a war on two fronts, Our Air Force requires 44 squadrons of fighter jets. But because of UPA’s almost criminal negligence in defence, it is down to 32 squadrons. The no. of fighter squadrons will drop even more because obsolete Mig 21s are fast being phased out. Thankfully, the purchase of 36 Rafael Jets from France will help in bridging this gap on short notice now that a sane, visionary, and functional PMO is in place.Again, to fight a war on two fronts, our army needs ammunition stocks for 60 days.
You cannot fight a war (believe me, there is always going to be a conflict every few years; history tells us that) or hope to win it without having that sort of arrangements. But, guess what? Due to inefficiency of previous Defense Minister A K Antony, our Ammunition stocks dipped to dangerous levels. Under his regime, our stocks for some critical types of ammunition fell so low that they would not have lasted for more than 10 days of war.Though we have enough Navy Destroyers, we have just 1 Nuclear and 13 Conventional submarines.
Compared to this China has 68 and Pakistan has 5 submarines. Now Modi govt. has decides to lease another Nuclear Submarine while 6 more will be made in India.Moving on, under the garb of Sacchar Committee Report, Congress pressured our armed forces to admit more people from one particular community without caring to find out if they really love our nation. The result is that ISI moles have infested deeply into our defense establishment.Challenges ahead of Modi govt. are immense.
They have to strengthen the Armed forces. They have to expose the Agents of ISI serving in Army, Air Force and BSF.
They have to try Diplomatic Channels to resolve conflicts and still remain ready for a possible Military Standoff. More than the declared enemy, our govt. has to face the enemy within.
But the problem is, when the brainwashed people of one particular community are targeted, our pseudo intellectuals will start labeling it as Intolerance.
To sum it up…This is not the hour to Question Modi. This is the time to express our faith in the capability of our PM and to stand with him firmly. This is the time to give him a free hand to deal with the enemy in a way that he sees fit. It is the time to support our govt. in whatever drastic measures they take to deal with Pakistani agents living in India.Because I know, once Modi makes up his mind, there will be no power that can save Pakistan and its evil designs.