It is high time India pursued indigenisation in the defence sector (“Arming India into dependency,” Jan. 14). We need to foster a domestic military-industrial complex to pump money into the domestic market. That will have a multiplier effect on R & D and employment. The private sector can’t be kept out entirely.
The problem lies in the preoccupation with ‘use of force’ as a tool for achieving national objectives. Recent history shows that sound economic agenda is the only instrument that can help India attain the status of a world power. Spending on outdated military equipment instead of investing in indigenisation is akin to providing market for ‘old wine served in a new bottle’.