India’s attempt to reform military recruitment, which has set off political convulsions that show no signs of abating once again shows that its aspirations to superpower status are no match for a below par economy.
India’s military particularly its army is antiquated in organization and manpower heavy. After some ill advised, populist and expensive tinkering with pensions early in its tenure, the government found it was spending all its military budget on personnel, leaving very little for modernization or for hardware.
Meanwhile, for more than two decades, its own strategists have been calling for a leaner and younger army. The average Indian soldier is 32 or 33, making its army one of the oldest in the world.