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Showing their identity cards,” Lyon and fellow off-spinner Glenn Maxwell claimed two wickets apiece while Mitchell Johnson (3-24) proved a quality pace bowler can succeed even on a docile, ? as well as a new complaints procedure. and was also left out of Australia’s squad for three one-day internationals in New Zealand this month. injured his left hamstring while trying to complete a quick single in the second T20 match against India in Melbourne on Friday.China solution, which lauds Beijings success in weapons development and manufactureis misconstrued: Chinas self-reliance has not produced new conventional weapons Chinese aircrafttanks and ships are quite ordinary platforms Its successes in nuclearmissilelaserand cyberwar technologies are all unconventional The causes of Chinese successes in unconventional military technologies are manybut it is worth remembering that the Chinese government has used an extensive spying campaign in pursuit of commercial and military secrets This consequences of the campaign are now catching up with Beijing as the United States and other Western powers gear up to prevent Chinese infiltration As an emerging powerIndia is better off being seen as a benign force It is better off buying technology rather than stealing it It is better off inviting the world to participate in its rise than keeping the world outside and suspicious Better off acting transparently in the defence marketplace even at the cost of sacrificing secrecy Better off reforming its procurement systemrather than winnowing down the market India buys weapons from foreign suppliers not only to develop military capacity but also to build relationships with other key countries that facilitate its rise The key instrument of economic efficiency in any marketpricingis mind-bogglingly inefficient when it comes to armaments Weapons in the same category made by different manufacturers are not readily comparableespecially at the higher rungs of the technology ladder There are too few sellers and even fewer buyers to make a truly competitive market Furtherthe value of a particular weapon-system in the context of a national security strategy is hard to calculate Tryfor examplefiguring out whether missiles or attack aircraft have greater utility; practically every government faced with the decision went with boththe most expensive and least efficient option Indias defence market faces these challenges and more We argued in our book Arming without Aiming that Indian military procurement is disconnected from national objectives Indian grand strategy de-emphasises the use of force and consequentlythe military receives little strategic guidance from the political leaders Prime Minister Manmohan Singhfor examplehas repeatedly said at conferences with Indian military commanders that the countrys primary threats are internalwithout publicly clarifying the role of the armed forces in meeting internal security challenges Only the Indian army participates in internal security operationsthat tooin well defined areas such as Kashmir; what should the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy do According to the Constitutionthe armed forces are not responsible for internal security The policewhich is responsible for domestic law and orderremains in the hands of the states and outside the ability of the Central government to reform On the military sidethe result is that the services are left to define the threats they believe the country faces and accordingly they appear to be preparing to fight three different wars against three different enemies Todaythe army thinks it needs an air force of its ownthe navy wants to acquire its own thermonuclear capabilityand the IAF appears to be planning for wars independent of the other two services India was one of the first countries in the world to integrate officer training at the NDA and the Staff College but everything else seems to be contributing to service rivalries Indias unified commands are feeble and there is no movement on a new combined defence chief Only actual wars and initial setbacks seem to produce inter-service cooperationsuch as between the army and the IAF in Kargil The problem is exacerbated by the lack of military expertise in the political and bureaucratic class Several retired defence secretaries we spoke with during the course of writing Arming without Aiming reported that it was not until their second or third postings in the ministry that they had acquired a sense of competence in the field Arun Singhone of the more respected defence ministers in Indian historyonce proposed keeping certain IAS and IFS officers in defence-related positions for much of their careers in effect creating a specialist cadre within the civilian bureaucracy Another option might be to bring in outside civilian experts from the academy or journalism into government for short-periods of time like in the American systembut the thought of lateral entry into the civil serviceor a defence cadre within the IASremains unthinkable The Indian defence industry is largely state-owned and has its own problems of bias and corruption that result in cost and quality losses for the armed forces The DRDO and the defence public sector units operate as a monopoly with attendant failures in innovationcostand accountability The scientific advisor to the defence ministerwho shapes procurement decisionsalso heads the military research labswhich puts him in the position of evaluating his own work in comparison with those of others This conflict of interest is not even seen as a source of corruption The continued absence of Indian firms in the defence marketplace reflects a deep-seated ideological bias against profit as a motive for productive action The expectation that Indian private industryif allowed entry into the military productionwill be less corrupt is misguided as well Doubtlessthe government will have greater control over an Indian seller than it does over a foreign supplierbut the actions of businesses alone do not cause corruption; government officials have to take bribes There is no reason to expect that Indian firms will not be asked to pay up to win contracts These dysfunctions persist behind the trope of secrecy Military-strategic matters are national secrets no doubtbut the process of buying weapons (that are already owned by other countries) hardly needs to be conducted in secret Similarlythe DRDOwhich is not building any unheard of weapon-systemshould conduct itself in full public view and allow its scientists to join the peer review system Closed-off organisations generally fail to innovate; little wonder that only 3 per cent of DRDO scientists and engineers have PhDs Opening up the military research and weapons procurement process to public view would reduce the potential for corruptionand it would not be worse than the present glacial acquisition process Indian defence badly needs reformbut the recommendations of several high-powered committees including those headed by Arun SinghNaresh Chandra and the irreplaceable K Subrahmanyam (Kargil review) remain ignored by several governments India needs to begin at the beginningwith a clearer vision of the role of the military and use of force in the countrys rise as a great power This vision must balance between domestic and external threats to securityinclude non-military challengespush through difficult reforms to enhance harmony across government agencies and departments and welcome transparency With defence matters not on the electoral agendawe are not very hopeful this will happen without the shock of another crisis Dasgupta is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings InstitutionWashington DC Cohen is senior fellowforeign policyat Brookings For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Updated: September 19 2017 4:42 pm Everton will host Sunderland in the League Cup on Wednesday (Source: Reuters) Top News Everton showed plenty of signs they were improving despite the heavy defeat to Manchester United and the side have the character to turn things around midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has said Sunday’s 4-0 loss to United was Everton’s third league defeat on the trot with the 3-0 humbling at the hands of Italy’s Atalanta in the Europa League last week adding to their woes (English Premier League Home | Fixtures | Standings/Table) Sigurdsson Everton’s record signing who arrived in the close season along with a host of new recruits as the club spent 45 million pounds said there were signs the squad was gelling “Yes – it is hard to say that after a 4-0 loss but we will stay together stay positive and keep working” the Iceland international told the club’s website (wwwevertonfccom) “Even though we conceded four goals I think we were more solid as a team and harder to break down But we are going to have to improve for the next few games” Everton 18th in the league table with four points from five games host Sunderland in the League Cup on Wednesday before Saturday’s league match against Bournemouth at Goodison Park “A lot of us have been in this kind of position before – where things are not going your way” Sigurdsson said “It does not look too good at the moment but I know we are more than good enough to turn this around” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy Deba R Mohanty Allocations for defence have been made a part of Union Budget 2016-17 An outlay of Rs 249099 crore has been proposed as budget estimates (BE) for the financial year 2016-17 which is more than Rs 3000 crore from last year’s BE of Rs 246727 crore but a modest increase from last year’s revised estimates (RE) of Rs 224636 crore A sum of Rs 162759 crore has been allocated as ‘revenue’ expenses while ‘capital’ account has received Rs 86340 crore Revenue has increased by nearly Rs 20000 crore against the revised estimates of Rs 143236 crore (which was revised against a BE of Rs 152139 crore while capital account has witnessed a modest increase of Rs 5000 crore from last year’s revised estimates of Rs 81400 crore (capital BE was Rs 94588 crore in FY 2015-16) Non-plan outlays for ‘defence pensions’ which is not included in the defence budget have accounted for nearly 65 percent of total pension liabilities of Rs 123368 crore while outlays for Defence (Miscellaneous) is Rs 118466 crore These broad categories of expenses are for ‘national defence’ purposes which only cater to armed forces and their needs If one enlarges the scope of national defence into larger ‘national security domain’ cumulative expenses (allocations for police paramilitary forces military related investments in atomic energy space etc) could account for nearly 27 percent of central government expenditure Items like ‘network for defence services (Rs 2710 crore) atomic energy industry (Rs 2778 crore) atomic energy research (Rs 3123 crore) border infrastructure and management (Rs 3560 crore) that have national security dimensions witnessed reasonable investments How does then one look at India’s defence budget Is it sufficient deficient or reasonable There are no easy answers Allocation of resources may provide certain clues in terms of trends and forecasting but it is a Herculean task to gauge the degree of effectiveness of investments on the armed forces If one looks at previous budgets for the last one decade or so one would really be disappointed Capital expenditure has witnessed massive ‘unspent syndrome’ Revenue expenses have increased Pensions and other liabilities thanks primarily to implementation of 7th pay commission as well as OROP have increased MoD has approved more than Rs 300000 crore worth of projects Technological and system obsolescence has put Indian arsenal in a difficult situation Needs of the armed forces both conventional systems as well as advanced ones are increasing Against such a backdrop the current defence allocations seem inadequate But Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar seems to be having other ideas Let’s consider the following: he has chided his armed forces as ‘erratic buyers’ instructed his service chiefs to review pending and existing projects and weed out the old and irrelevant proposals has emphasised more on indigenous projects argued that fighter and other big ticket items could save money through collaborative or domestic production And if this not all he made a definitive statement in Parliament just prior to budget day that if pensions are included in defence expenditure it can account for 22 percent of GDP hinting that budgetary jugglery can lead to confusing perceptions Parrikar’s assertions and arguments need to be placed in the larger context of resources allocations that need rationalization and re-orientation A pruned budget this year is indicative of three inter-related points: a) if the budget is used properly it can always be reasonable which otherwise means that demands from the forces will receive in-depth scrutiny from now on; b) unspent money from capital account need not witness a huge increase contrary to perceived demands which can be adjusted against purchases from within preferably through ‘Make in India’ and collaborative routes; and c) there could be further rationalization of resources allocations in time to come as there is an attempt to reduce import dependency Parrikar stated in Parliament that MoD has been able to reduce the import bill by Rs 1000 crore (from Rs 35000 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 34000 crore in 2015-16) This year’s budget appears inadequate for defence sector against perceived demands However there is an attempt by the current government to rationalize allocations a process that is likely to continue well into future What kind of results are we likely to see in future remains to be seen However a new approach to resources allocations through a realistic prism is what is indicated in this budget By: PTI | Mumbai | Published: April 19 2017 2:06 pm Priyanka Chopra was the first person to message Parineeti Chopra after the launch of Parineeti’s singing debut “Maana Ke hum Yaar Nahi” Related News Parineeti Chopra reveals in her teenage days her sister Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra used to teach her English songs “We did not play Antakshari as she (Priyanka) went to the US for studiesWhen she came back from the US at the age of 16 she was totally American as she had an accent and she used to teach us English songs She was cool and amazing She was the first person to message me after the song” Parineeti told reporters here at an event Parineeti is the latest celebrity making her singing debut in Bollywood with “Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahi” from her upcoming film Meri Pyaari Bindu The actress said her father is her inspiration “My dad is my idol and inspiration when it comes to singing He still sits with a harmonium and does ‘riyaz’ he sings everywhere he can “He cried when he heard me and my brother sing I have released my song for him I feel he wanted to see my musical dream come true I dedicate all my songs to him I want to be better and better singer just for him” she adds Also read |Being a celeb doesn’t mean I have to express my opinion on everything: Parineeti Chopra Singing may be her first love but the actress said acting will always be her main focus “My intense passion is to be the best actor I can be I want to sing as much as I can as that’s my first love I want to dance my best and want to do best and do biggest variety of films and that’s my only endeavour” See some pictures from the song launch of Meri Pyaari Bindu (Picture credit: Varinder Chawla) (Picture credit: Varinder Chawla) (Picture credit: Varinder Chawla) (Picture credit: Varinder Chawla) (Picture credit: Varinder Chawla) Directed by Akshay Roy Meri Pyaari Bindu will hit the theaters on May 12 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Mihir Vasavda | Published: August 31 2013 3:18 am Related News The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) congress in Buenos Aires is to take important decisions on the 2020 Olympics host citynew president and choosing one sport for 2020 Games but the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) officials have their eyes fixed on one outcome: the next IOC president Six candidates are contesting for the president’s post: IOC vice-president Bach of Germanyvice-president Ng Ser Miang of Singaporefinance commission chairman Richard Carrion of Puerto Ricoexecutive board members Sergei Bubka of Ukraine and CK Wu of Taiwanand former board member Dennis Oswald And IOA’s suspensionwhich is fast becoming a Abhay Chautala vs Randhir Singh storyis likely to be among the first things the new IOC president will have to deal with Randhir’s proximity to Bachwho is the frontrunner to replace Rogge as the IOC supremohas made Chautala’s supporters jittery Randhir and Bach go back a long way Recentlywhen the International Fencing Federation (FIE) barred Indian fencers from taking part in the world championships last FebruaryRandhir was instrumental in convincing Bach to intervene and prevail upon the FIE to allow Indian fencers to take part The Chautala-led IOA faction is fearing that the tide may turn in Randhir’s favour if Bach is elected But Randhirwho has been India’s representative at the IOC since 2003 and will have a vote in electing IOC presidentis likely to wield strong influence within the Olympic body as far as the IOA issue is concernedirrespective of who emerges as the new chief of the Olympic body Chautala & Comeanwhileare hoping that the new president will spend some time in taking stock of the situation and therefore give them a few extra days to plot their next move They are also expecting the new president to adopt a lenient approach towards the IOAwhich will allow them to get away with a few contentious clauses Amidst all the games the officials playthe only thing that looks certain is that the IOA will miss the September deadline for its elections and further delay India’s return to Olympic fold Mihir is a senior correspondent based in Mumbai mihirvasavda@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News

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