"...war is coming".The quote is pertinent,as many analysts have recently written that a '62 style situ is fast developing,with a leadership that has been for almost a decade cuckoo about security and even the phrase accurate or not, "Krishna Menon" situ with the PM,FM and DM allowing babudom to delay ,most urgent acqusiitions,like the artillery requirement for example.I have posted in the Paki thread the news that the Pakis are making huge increases in production of tactical N-weapons and delivery systems for the same,indicating,that they intend using them in a limited war scenario.The dragon-pig combine want to "teach India another lesson",as India's rapid growth has surpprised China and the world sees India as a democratic alternative to totalitarian China,a safer investment haven. AS the contradictions within China come to the fore,its economy will start to fall and to preempt such a flight of western capital,and safeguard its trade and energy supplies,it must neccessarily deliver the lesson to us asap.
Given the huge borders that we will have to defend,with the dragon-pig axis stretching our forces thin all along the frontline with real and fake thrusts into Indian territory,as Shiv soid,force-multiplying assets are the need of the moment.Rapid mobile forces able to sped to the battlezones are essential and to destroy enemy spearheds early before they can consolidate gains on the ground,hold them and win a moral and tactical "victory" before the inevitable cease-fire is imposed upon India,just as we saw in the Kashmir campaign and again in'62.We need at least 200 dedicated attack helos apart from other armed liight and medium utility helos.
I think MMS govt have taken more steps and shown more spine than any govt that I can remeber since Indira Gandhi's time. So much so that it is being accused of indecent haste by you lately. What they have not shown is "macho mardangi" that you like so much in "anti-american" Putin, Kim Jong iL and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
With in the limit of available money, parliametary system and actual ground realities of India what is being done is no worse, if not better, than what NDA or other previous govts achieved with what they had. Indian PM or govt does not have dictatorial powers, it has to go through the same system and rules as every other institution. Military forces are only one of the facet of the national security not an end in itself.
Over $50 Billion worth of arm purchases have been signed in last 5 years alone, another $100 billion in deals are being processed with indecent haste. ~100K new addition in men power, WW2 airfields and ALGs are being opened, roads are approved, military budget has been gone up by ~300% (MMS era) and being utilized almost all of it. Don't forget we are talking about India, not china where a lil CPC dude can order uprooting of millions of people at his whim to make a road, dam, factory, mall, stadium or what ever tickles his fancy. No thank you, I'll take my chances with the delays.......