Renowned Indian philosopher Vishnugupta had once very pragmatically stated, “The power of a king lies in his mighty arms. Security of citizens at peacetime is very important because state is the only saviour of men and women who get affected only because of negligence of the state.” At a time when expansionist aspirations of some rogue nations are on the rise all across the world, Vishnugupta’s quote is very much valid and applicable in totality, even in the third decade of the 21st century.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strategic vision is to see India emerging as a first rung global military power by the middle of the new decade. Maintaining an effective intercontinental-range nuclear deterrence will play a key role in fulfilling this Indian dream.
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