Thursday, January 27, 2011

India – The next superpower, a startegic review by a MassCoMedia student in the light of 63rd Republic Day

Jitendra Kumar, Trainee Reporter, MassCoMedia

Reckoned as the emerging superpowers of the world, Republic of India adds another yet other feather to its defense line.  Indian navy is poised to take its undersea capabilities to a new level with launch INS Deepak. This new fleet tankers replenish fuel and stores on warships out on extended patrol.  By allowing ships to patrol at great distances for home shores they impart strategic reach to a country’s navy.

India is strategically moving from an era of ‘non-alignment’ to ‘poly-alignment’, and by doing so it is growing from a regional military power to a global power. The country has fourth largest air force in the world. And introduction submarines with nuclear warhead like Arihant demonstrate the steep concern of the country about its defense line.  

India has strategically increased the number of countries with which it has defense-specific agreements. It has also conducted more joint military exercises with other countries, and the recent series of joint military exercises have now become an annual affair. 

Deploying new technology has become the focus of the country. The military establishment of the country is undergoing an unprecedented transformation.  Defense strategists have shown more interest in working with West apart from its old defense partner Russia. Through this new policy, Delhi seeks to become a regional power across the Indian Ocean basin. Further, it aims to secure agreements from partners in this region that support this goal, while building up expeditionary capabilities in its navy and air force.

In the mean time India is also developing "strategic partnerships" with countries perceived as leaders of a global, multi-polor order and seeking modern military capabilities from many of those countries. India will likely emphasise balance in its defense relations, especially with the larger powers of the United States, Russia, the EU, UK, and Israel.
This balance will often be reflected in defense procurement decisions, as these are enduring symbols of the bilateral relationship.
The country’s military strategy is entirely based upon Pakistan or China’s counter strategies. It’s military power boasts of offensive, broad front, and highly lethal strategies.

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