Friday, March 06, 2009

Less on Weapons, More on Poverty

India is home to one-third of the world's poor. At the same time, the country has a huge fascination with arms and aviation. 14% of their total budget was spent on defense last year, 45% of which was on weapons alone. Last month, they hosted 25 other countries in the 7th Biennial Aerospace Exhibition. This fascination with military power has brought forth a lot of criticism from different local civil society and advocacy groups. In response to the exhibition, these groups held a parallel event emphasizing the need for India to spend less on defense and focus more on solving their domestic crises of starvation and deprivation.