Military Review

India in the global game

It’s hard to find a country with more contrasts than India. This is a real civilization, one of the oldest on the planet, the whole world, which had a huge impact on the South Asian region. Currently, India is a regional power with nuclear weapons, huge demographic resources and a strong economy. India is one of the leaders in the field of high technologies, the largest importer of modern weapons (the country has a large-scale and expensive modernization program for the armed forces). The state is launching space satellites, has its own launch vehicles, put forward an ambitious space program, where in 2016 the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is going to start manned space missions. The Indian National Space Agency is seriously planning manned flights to the moon and to Mars. At the same time, India strikes people with the poverty of hundreds of millions of people, huge social stratification and significant corruption. For example, in 21 million, Mumbai (Bombay), more than 60% of the population live in slums, without electricity, running water and other amenities of the modern world. Two thirds of citizens of India live on less than two dollars a day, up to a quarter of the population can neither read nor write, every third child suffers from malnutrition. And this is close to universally recognized global high-tech centers such as Bangalore and Hyderabad, where computer specialists receive not less than American salaries. Most government programs aimed at helping the poor have failed. Much of the funds allocated to social programs are simply stolen.

Together with China, modern India, which is somewhat behind its neighbor in terms of size and population, is one of the most promising developing countries in the world community. India differs from China by the fact that there is no single party at the head of the state. Formally, the Republic of India is a democratic country, with institutions of power typical for the West, with a free press and an independent judiciary. However, like China, India keeps the ancient traditions, in particular, there exists a division of society into castes. Ancient beliefs define the life, the whole life of a simple Indian from birth to death.

It should be noted that the Indian political and business elite is largely focused on London and Washington. The British did a lot of work during the colonial period in order to “nurture” the elite they need. India in the postcolonial period was never able to become a completely independent great power. The Anglo-Saxons according to the principle of "divide and rule" skillfully dismembered Indian civilization into India and Pakistan proper (Bangladesh then broke away from it). The United States, which continues the policy of the British Empire, still skillfully plays on the Indo-Pakistani and Indian-Chinese contradictions. In addition, the Islamic factor is used to control India.

During the period of existence of two superpowers - the USSR and the USA, India built strong bilateral relations with both countries. After the collapse of the Soviet Union there was a roll towards the United States. Washington, in turn, began to adhere to neutrality in the India-Pakistan territorial disputes, managing to earn considerable money by selling weapons to Pakistan and India. The success of the operation in the Persian Gulf in 1991, the collapse of the USSR, dramatically strengthened the position of the United States in the world and Islamabad ceased to be the main strategic partner of Americans in the region. In addition, Washington began to worry about the growth of extremist, radical sentiment in Pakistan. There was a danger that radical Islamist groups would come to power in Pakistan and gain access to nuclear weapons. Washington and Delhi became partners in countering this possibility. Thus, in 2011, information appeared about a possible US operation, with the support of India, against Pakistan, in order to neutralize the Pakistani nuclear potential. Only the rigid position of China, which was ready to intervene in the conflict, forced Washington to abandon this idea.

After 11 September 2011, the United States began to attach greater importance to cooperation with India. Delhi is interested in the stability and security of the South Asian region, in protecting its territory from the threats that come from Afghanistan and Pakistan. At the same time, the Indian elite was concerned about the fast power of the old rival, China. These factors became the basis for cooperation between the United States and India at the beginning of the 21st century.

The United States, in turn, is interested in India, as in one of the states, which should restrain the Middle Kingdom (along with Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam). India should play a certain role in conflict with the Islamic world. The role of India in the Big Game and the upcoming global conflict is clearly visible in the process of arming the Indian armed forces and armies of neighboring states. The arms race is conducted by Islamic countries, India, China, almost all the neighbors of the Middle Kingdom (its potential adversaries). In particular, India has increased its military budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year by 17%. And in the previous fiscal year, the Indian military budget grew by 12%. According to the report of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), for the period from 2007 to 2011, India was the world's largest buyer of weapons. The country is preparing hard for a big war. The Indian military frankly declare that they are preparing for a war on two fronts (against Pakistan and China).

A few days ago, news came that the Indian Ministry of Defense was deploying six new armored regiments equipped with 348 on the Chinese border. tanks (two tank brigades). As a result, troops stationed on the border with China will gain offensive capabilities. In addition, three motorized infantry battalions will be transferred to the Sino-Indian border. There is evidence that the Ministry of Defense requires the acquisition of additional T-90 tanks for new tank brigades (the Indian military wants to have the latest version of the T-90 tank - T-90MS). India also plans to strengthen 40 thousand. mountain rifle corps in the north-east of the country - include a tank brigade in its composition, which should strengthen the shock capabilities of the connection. The Indian military has already significantly strengthened the Air Force and Air Defense in the north-east of the country, eight advanced landing sites are being modernized to support offensive operations in the region.

Obviously, India at the present time is not a completely independent center of power, which can bend its line in global politics. India is a figure in the Big Game, and it leads to a clash with China and the Islamic world. The only question is whether this clash will be the central element of a major war, or just one of the fronts of the global battle.

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  1. Russlana
    Russlana 20 September 2012 08: 49
    They are better than us. Twice in the past century, they have pushed their foreheads with the Germans. The others standing up applauded. Now it's our turn to smoke on the sidelines.
    1. Bandera
      Bandera 20 September 2012 10: 55
      I'm afraid that I won't be able to "smoke on the sidelines". We must play our own game.
      Want peace - getting ready for war
  2. Trofimov174
    Trofimov174 20 September 2012 09: 00
    I have said more than once that cooperation with India can turn sideways for Russia, who knows, with such close ties of Indians with the USA, how many secrets of joint arms development can flow across the Atlantic Ocean.
    1. Butterfly net
      Butterfly net 20 September 2012 09: 45
      Bullshit with India need to cooperate. A powerful country and not an enemy to us, but an enemy to our enemies. Do we have something that amers do not know? I’ll tell you a secret in Russia that almost nothing has been developed using the old Soviet developments. Amer long ago overtook us and all that is needed under Yeltsin was leaked
    2. Dimented
      Dimented 20 September 2012 09: 55
      If it proves itself a reliable partner and stops throwing its allies, then India is unlikely to give up such ties. We still have much more common positions than points of disagreement.
      And if we jointly develop something, then why transfer secrets to the enemy (won't you say that the US is sincere "friends" of India?)?
      In any case, India seems to me to be a more acceptable partner than China (and even an additional trump card against China).
      1. Trofimov174
        Trofimov174 20 September 2012 13: 24
        The fact of the matter is that China will become the cornerstone in this matter. We can’t promise to side with India in possible disputes with China, he and our ally on the issue of countering Washington’s interests that infringe on our influence in different regions, and a rather strong ally. And for India, this support is very important. The United States, unlike Russia, can easily do this. Also in the Pakistan question. If the Indian chair under our feet is so easy to knock out, maybe you shouldn't stand on it so stubbornly? I am not saying that all diplomatic relations should be curtailed, arms exports closed, India should be called a blunder on the Security Council and proudly pouted. If they want, then let them buy. Another thing is the joint development of ambitious enough projects, whether it be FGFA or Bramos. Maybe next time you should look for more reliable partners ...
        1. Beck
          Beck 20 September 2012 20: 11

          So why promise in public? There are secret protocols in diplomacy ..

          Tomorrow, a confrontation between Russia and the United States on the verge of a collision is not expected. In addition, the United States is more or less predictable. But the day after tomorrow, in the place of the United States, China can easily become an economically, and therefore a military component. And there do not twist twist Communists rule. And what communists are, we all know, and besides, with Chinese characteristics. And then the United States can step aside leaving alone with China. So it’s better to let China look back at India.
    3. lelikas
      lelikas 20 September 2012 11: 43
      We’ll stop cooperating with them and that’s all - our entire military-industrial complex will be bent at once - tanks, ships, pl, planes, missiles - everything rests on Indian orders,
      such partners must be protected and dust blown away.
      And so that the Yankees would not climb - it is necessary to further develop cooperation.
  3. Vodrak
    Vodrak 20 September 2012 09: 11
    Collaboration is necessary, as it gives military orders. Also, in the event of a conflict between India and China, it is possible to test new weapons in a combat situation.
  4. Beck
    Beck 20 September 2012 10: 10
    Russia, the Eurasian Union does not have a common border with India. Our strategic interests do not collide directly. Around India there are no areas vital to Russia.

    At the same time, in its territory, in population, in the presence of a modern army, in its economic potential, India is a natural rival to China. Moreover, they have a common border and sometimes controversial.

    My opinion. Politically, economically, military supplies need to support India. (Do not sell fighters and other weapons to China). For India to hang with a Damocles sword over the southwestern borders of China. Then China will not be up to the territories of the Far East and Siberia. China’s economic expansion will also decrease, as it will be forced to divert its resources to confront India.
  5. Vitaly11
    Vitaly11 20 September 2012 11: 51
    I don’t understand with the photo either the Hindu army has such a form, or the Hindu army is full of Sikhs. If the second is the flag in the hands of the Chinese, because if at one time the victorious Chinese could not cope with the small army of poorly armed Sikhs, then looking at armed Sikhs in action is very interesting winked
  6. anfreezer
    anfreezer 20 September 2012 13: 26
    "The country is preparing hard for a big war. The Indian military is frankly saying that they are preparing for a war on two fronts (against Pakistan and China)." India's hostile stance towards Pakistan is not surprising. Long-standing "good" neighbors .. And now the Indians have decided to include a powerful neighbor in the list of enemies and designated him as one of the main opponents. However, the Chinese treat India's statements as its leadership has been doing for many years, since the days of Deng Xiao -Pina, who taught his compatriots "to adhere to a balanced attitude to what is happening" and not to lose their heads. Chinese leaders believe that the children of Bharati (in ancient Indian mythology, the goddess of speech and chant) simply want to demonstrate to the world the strategic importance of their country. Confucian philosophers, ... la, pre-philosophize ... They chop off the Sikhs Bosko laughing
  7. Order
    Order 20 September 2012 13: 58
    What ferocious Hare Krishnas in the photo ...
  8. Obie
    Obie 20 September 2012 15: 10
    As for me, India is a much less preferred ally (against the States in particular) than China. And most importantly, a strong relationship with the Celestial Empire, and not with the Indians - the Russians have nothing in common with them and it didn’t happen, and it’s unlikely to appear other than the yogi.
  9. Zmitcer
    Zmitcer 20 September 2012 15: 53
    How can one talk in such "caps" about the strengthening and growth of the army. I understand tradition, but nifiga is not belligerent. wassat Although the elephants were replaced by tanks. laughing
    1. Vitaly11
      Vitaly11 20 September 2012 16: 09
      um .. you want to say that in war they meet on clothes belay
      that's just escorted by completely different criteria wassat
  10. 20 September 2012 16: 38
    Neither India nor China are friends of Russia, only partners. Although, in the field of cooperation, India is more preferable than China. China has literally thrown both Russia and Ukraine so many times, and probably not only them, that I have little trust .IMHO.
  11. iulai
    iulai 20 September 2012 18: 52
    besides the Sikhs, the rest of the army is remembered, the Mughals came, several tens of thousands, hundreds of millions of India were put in pose.
  12. studentmati
    studentmati 20 September 2012 22: 34
    It is impossible to be on the sidelines with India, and it will not work. We must play, but always with respect! And the stakes in this game are global! Winners are not judged!
  13. sergo0000
    sergo0000 20 September 2012 22: 54
    India is now the most profitable and reliable partner for Russia! There would be more of these. And some rough edges in air contracts do not generally affect the overall volume of transactions in military-space cooperation. Yes, and Russian competitors-wolves burnt on the global arms market do not sleep!
    This is one of the few countries about which it can be said that the weapons sold to her do not turn against you myself, because neither country has any points of confrontation on political or territorial issues!