Death due to starvation is a very sensitive topic. All of us have read and heard about people dying due to starvation but we fail to do anything about it. This is probably due to the fact that it’s not us who are starving. Also, we can’t really do much about it considering the fact that food inflation has been climbing faster than any Sherpa who has climbed the Everest. So does this mean that we cannot do anything about this issue? We can put the parliament on fire if we want to but that’s not why I am writing this blog. You will be surprised to know that by the time you read this, 10 Indians would have already died of starvation.I am really the peace sort of a guy. I believe that peace is one thing that can turn something impossible into a possibility. It would have been so much more amazing to live in a world where the word “war” never existed in the dictionary. But the fact is that it does and such is life. Based on this premise I started to evaluate what changes our economy would have seen if there were true peace. By true peace I mean absolute peace.
If true peace existed the first thing that world happen is the complete omission of threat of war. This in itself is a really big thing precisely because if there were no threat of war there would have been no need to spend anything on defence. You might know that our country spends a lot on defense but you might certainly not know that this lot that is there in your mind is just an underestimation of the actual figures. I’ve got some stats from the ‘Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’ giving the exact expenditure on defence for the 2012 for several countries. Have a look at it below.
This year the whole world spent a massive US$ 1,562,300,000,000 on defence. Out of this India spent around US$ 112,000,000,000. This is just insane. We live in a world where we fear each other so much that instead of giving people something to eat we use the money to make nuclear weapons and feel good about it. According to a research, there are about 212,000,000 people who are malnourished in India. Out of these 2,500,000 die each year due to hunger. Imagine if we didn’t spend on defence at all we would have had a surplus of US$ 112 billion to help people live. Let me do the math for you. Distributing US$ 112 between the total malnourished people would mean each person could be given food worth US$1.5 every single day in a year. For a country like India where the poverty line benchmark stands at US$0.5/day the above figure is a huge sum.
Looking at the past trends we may never be able to achieve true peace in this world. Hence we can’t stop spending of defence either. So that means whatever hopes I have been giving above are as useless as the congress. But there is this one phenomenon which I wanted to highlight and if stopped can make things better. Expenditure on defence acts like a reverse price war. Once a country decides to spend a few million dollars more on defence other countries become suspicious and they too start spending more. This means that there is no scope of reduction in the expenditure on defense because every country is aiming towards the highest level of security due to the threat of war. One country buys a gun and every other country buys a gun too. Now everyone is equal hence one country buys another gun to take a lead and as a result every other country buys yet another gun. This is where a circle starts and sadly we are already a part of it. It’s a very weird sort of a behaviour considering that it’s the intelligent breed of humans who are acting this way. What we also know is that in today’s date if a war actually takes place, we have enough weapons to destroy the whole Earth. So why exactly do we even need more?
I am leaving you with a thought. Think about it.
- We pay for India’s Navy (express.co.uk)
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- ‘China-threat theory’ dismissed (rightways.wordpress.com)
- India, China to resume joint military exercises – Hindustan Times (hindustantimes.com)
- Invasions/Defence[MUST COME] (rvofcp.wordpress.com)
- The Power of Peace (shareseeds.wordpress.com)
- Indian Navy afflicted with common defence diseases: Hopelessly low indigenisation and criminal cost overruns (indianmilitarynews.wordpress.com)