Business Standard

India has only fallen further behind China during the first 5 years of Modi

Beijing has continued to outspend India on defense, implemented sweeping reforms in its military and diplomatic structures

Modi
Premium

Prime Minister Narendra Modi | PTI photo

Bloomberg
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a rare national address on live television last month to boast that India had destroyed a satellite in low orbit, establishing itself as a “space power” alongside the U.S., Russia and China.

For a leader who lambasted his predecessor for failing to counter long-term geopolitical foe China, the missile test was a moment of “utmost pride.” Yet China conducted a similar test more than a decade ago in 2007, prompting critics to note that India’s show of strength was merely highlighting the wide strategic gap between the world’s two most populous countries.

Modi’s ruling party

Don't miss the most important news and views of the day. Get them on our Telegram channel

First Published: Apr 28 2019 | 10:02 AM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on business-standard.com are available only to BS Premium subscribers.

Register to read more on Business-Standard.com