Defence Budget 2008-09: An Autopsy- II

Budgetary outlays for national defence need a careful autopsy for a general understanding, which has otherwise been kept out of a national debate. This apathy must change for the very simple reason that a subject which accounts for 14 percent of the total government expenditure and is not kept under planned category, needs to be examined properly. First, defence expenditure has witnessed only a modest hike this year.

Deba R Mohanty

Defence Budget: Hard Choices Ahead for India

Trends in defence expenditure denote certain clues to assess especially the military component of a state’s comprehensive national power. Components of national power, in turn, are intricately linked to a state’s grand strategy - the latter connotes the desire of a state to achieve its rightful place in the global community. In brief, trends in defence expenditure tend to objectively assess aspects of a state’s military capability, although lacuna still remain as even the very concept of military capability is often value-laden.

Deba R. Mohanty