posted on Feb, 3 2008 @ 03:47 PM
reply to post by Dorian Gray
It's a show of force... an illusion, quite possibly. Usually nations that put on these huge marches have a number of weaknesses and use these events
to make it appear
as if they're stronger than they actually are - they know full well that both their own citizens and the rest of the world
will see images and videos of the event, so it's a kind of a propaganda victory. It deters others from attacking. I suspect this was directed
primarily against China. The Indian military itself, although large, is not especially powerful compared to the US, Britain or France for example.
The real test comes not when proving that you can march in a straight line but whether your military can do what you want it to do (primarily defend
your nation and, in some cases, invade others too).
Interesting points, though - a lot of these developing nations would be far better off if they slashed defence budgets and invested in developing
their healthcare, education and economy.