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The Agony of Agni
Our police force may not able to strike down a rapist or a murderer in the capital, but the government plans to poke at remote countries rather than strengthening internal security.

FOR A country which is struggling round the clock to provide acceptable security measures to its citizens, Agni-5 seems just another dart in the dark. It is hard to determine the real potential of such a missile, because its functioning can be assessed hypothetically unless used in real life situation. And how it will fare in reality will depend on a lot on factors like technical advancement of the enemy and its ability to stop and crush such warfare in mid-air and stability of the missile itself.

Keeping in mind the track record of Mig-21s, one can only speculate that an Indian missile will have more affinity for Indian soil rather than enemy's. Moreover, in this nuclear era, it is hard to imagine that such a missile will really be required as the direct warfare is a distant possibility in this era. And then, who is the Indian government trying to poke with this missile. If its China, then we are smarter enough to applaud them, because a govt which is too meek to challenge countless Chinese interventions on Indian soil, will never dare to even point Agni-5 towards the north.

Moreover, China is way ahead of India in technical warfare and it might very well crush the missle before it crosses New Delhi. Does our government think that the enemy will sit back and welcome Agni-5 till it travels 5000 kms? It is so ironic that a govt which is not capable of protecting even a small territory like Delhi, which tops the country in rapes, murders, loots and what not, is patting its spineless back for a missile which will probably never be used and become obsolete in the next five years. Maybe our government should pull up its dirty socks and focus on internal security rather than building castles in air.


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