With economic slowdown, India's ability to spend on the military is also eroding. As India Today reported yesterday Indian government has less money today than last year, which means lesser spending on government schemes for development and welfare, and lesser capacity to spend of the military.
India finds itself in a precarious situation where the power gap between its neighbor China and India has increased. Uttar Pradesh - India's most critical state for development- needs to seriously invest in skill development programs that can help the large unemployed youth.
India is not investing in future technologies. Our government is living in the past, with beliefs such as Astrology is a topmost science, and talking computers - whatever it means - could be developed only by employing Sanskrit. China, in contrast, today is a world leader in future technology - from quantum computing, to Artificial Intelligence, to solar technology. For 5000 crore (cost of large scale cultural projects), India could fund 500 high tech laboratories with a seed grand of more than 1 million dollars.
All of this is disappointing, because it is like watching a kid with a great future ahead, take drugs, and squander their future, not aware how grim and dark the future will be if they do not take the right action today. The whole country should wake up from its disinformation induced slumber.
Personal blog. Views expressed are my own, expressed in personal capacity.