Ok, I too feel proud about India’s successful launching of the Agni-V. Yeah, it can hit targets all over China, let alone our perpetual enemy, Pakistan. Why only China and Pakistan, the Agni-V can hit any target in the whole of South Asia. India is a superpower, indeed. And I’m proud of my country.
Having proved my patriotism (lest I be arrested for treason), I’d like to draw your attention to some nitty-gritty.
Consider the wealth the world’s superpowers spend on defence, on destructive things like the Agni-V.
America spends $739.3 billion a year on defence. China’s annual budget for protecting itself from India is $89.8 billion. India spends $31.9 on proving its superpower credentials. England’s share is $63.7 billion, and Russia’s is $52.7 billion. [Source: IISS 2011, Gunfire Power, as quoted in Malayala Manorama, 20 Apr 2012]
Let’s leave out other countries which also spend pretty much on defence. Let us add up only the expenditure of these 5 nations on defence. It adds up to $977.4 billion. What is the population of the whole world? About 7 billion. Divide the defence expenditure of 5 countries among the whole population of the world. Each individual (including the newborn infant) will receive $140 per year. Leave out the rich who won’t need such charity and then each family will get enough money to live happily ever after! Just from what the world is spending on trying to destroy one another!
Now add what other countries are spending on defence. It’s an enormous amount.
There’s so much wealth in the world. Yet the world lives in misery. Fighting one another. Why?
We are descendants of apes, is that why?
The human species can live happily without any poverty if it wants, provided it can save itself from its animal instincts.