Various unfavourable factors, attributed to both the government and the military, have resulted in dubbing India as the world’s largest arms importer. These factors – corruption, political interference and bureaucratic lethargy – have contributed to an absence of clarity on the use of arms in diplomacy.
Brigadier (retired) Xerxes P. Adrianwalla served for 30 years in the armoured corps of the Indian Army and has been in the corporate sector for the last five years. During his military service, both in combat and in peace, he has obtained varied experience in command and staff assignments, notably:
- In Sri Lanka with the Indian Peace Keeping Force
- As Commander of an armoured regiment, and also an armoured brigade
- As a military observer on a UN assignment
- As an instructor at various institutions, including the Defence Services Staff College
- As a director in the Directorate General of Military Operations
Defence, National Security
Last modified: April 9, 2018
South Asia Monitor published Xerxes Adrianwalla's article on India's expensive arms imports. He writes that India needs to shake off political interference and bureaucratic lethargy, and awaken its somnolent arms manufacturing sector to break away from expensive imports.
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