I think it is time that India looks after it own. If they can't do so, then they might as well sink.
Notwithstanding, India should not overlook the Typhoon for other political and strategic reason and go for the US, French or Russian aircraft.Cut in DFID aid not a concern for India
Sreelatha Menon / New Delhi July 16, 2010, 0:46 IST
India will not shed tears if the British government makes a fundamental change in its development aid policy and scale down the £250-million annual aid to India.
Following the demand to cut British aid to India from a wide spectrum of people and political parties in Britain, international development secretary Andrew Mitchell had said last week that the £250 million of public money spent annually on nuclear-armed India could be scaled back.
India amounted for £300 million of the £6 billion Department for International Development (DFID) aid fund annually. However, Mitchell observed that India didnt really need British development aid as the rich NRI population of Britain could do more to help their countrymen. DFID is the biggest source of development aid in India after Japan.
Almost 66 per cent of the grant given to India by DFID goes to the government: to fund the health ministrys Reproductive Child Health and HIV and AIDS programmes (42 per cent) and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (24 per cent). The remaining amount is shared by the Rural Livelihood Programmes in four states and the Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) programme.
Indian activists say access to DFID funds is contingent on hiring consultants, mostly British. When they (DFID) give money they send their own consultants. The way they handle it, it would be better if they didnt give anything, said Harsh Jaitley who heads VANI, a network of 2000 NGOs.
Echoing Jaitleys views Anil Chaudhury, activist and founder of NGO Peace and Action Centre (PEACE), said agreements signed by DFID (and other agencies) have inbuilt clauses that ensure that a chunk of the money was paid to consultancies a large proportion of these bodies are run by expatriates to ensure that the money flows back into the British economy.....
The Israeli India relationship is very good, especially in the defence procurement realm.Rayc,
sorry to go off topic, but have a couple of questions about India.
How is the relationship with Israel these days? I understand you were pretty friendly, but Israel has sold some kit to China, has this been an issue in India?
I've heard that some Indians think the Russians have taken them for granted, and assume India will always buy a lot of Russian kit. Is the move to buy kit from the west partly a message to the Russians that there's competition?
Ancient history my friend (1970's). The fill was nor consistent and therefore occassionally underpowered. Highly annoying but no great shakes in a pistol. However from a Sterling SMG when the open bolt wasn'r sent back far enough a runaway firing automatics was ....... interestingI am not aware of the 9mm amn issue, but it would be surprising it they were duds. Our Army has been spared this problem so far.
I would consider sending poor amn a damned shame.Ancient history my friend (1970's). The fill was nor consistent and therefore occassionally underpowered. Highly annoying but no great shakes in a pistol. However from a Sterling SMG when the open bolt wasn'r sent back far enough a runaway firing automatics was ....... interesting
While it is laudable for the British to try to understand other cultures, but from the posts in this forum, I get a feeling that immigrants are somewhat slow or totally indifferent to understand British culture and that is a damned shame too!Hope it works out. Also hope it goes beyond defence and we get some Indian cultural centres here. I fancy learning some Hindi at subsidised rates.
It was what it was India wasn't the first place to sell us dodgy ammo. GW1 and the 500lb Spanish Mk 82 bombs springs to mind as a later incident.I would consider sending poor amn a damned shame.
Someone's head should have rolled.
These days we have a very active media and the govt and their agencies are running scared!
They'll get it one way or another, either to lord it up on the high seas, or to break it up on the beach.So does this mean we'll be giving our new shiny aircraft carrier to India?
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