F16, US and Pakistan: The big interest

Lalit Shastri

Photo courtesy: Wikipedia
Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

The US decision to give F-16 aircrafts to Pakistan is one more step by the Obama Administration towards escalating the arms race in the Asian sub-continent. To provide some semblance of balance the Obama administration will also support the “Make in India campaign” of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi by helping in speeding up the process of US defence production industry which, like its counterparts from other developed countries, is now busy forging alliances with big names in Indian industry to start production of fighter jets and a whole range of defence arsenal in India- this will be a goldmine for Indian joint venture companies and also fill the American pockets or likewise help the companies in other developed countries that churn out war machines and are profiting the most either from war or by keeping nations battle ready. Hence the move in this direction would create a  mirage of self sufficiency in defence matters and progress vis-a-vis India…..it is high time people see through this is double talk. It is also desired that the mandarins who dictate India’s foreign policy should take the right path and call off the US bluff rather than climbing the pedestal just to express reservations on the US stand regarding Pakistan. India should be vary of channelising precious resources in the wrong direction….people in India should not allow leaders to take them for a ride while the Americans and its allies are doing so much to turn Pakistan into a hydra-headed monster.


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