With military spending crossing $63.9 billion in 2017, India was the fifth highest country in the list of the top 15 military spenders in the world, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute 2017 Fact Sheet.
That $63.9 billion is incidentally, a 45% increase since 2008, and constitutes 2.5% of our GDP, while making up 3.5% of the world’s total military expenditure.
This year, for #36daysoftype, we at Reach have talked about lesser known social issues for A-Z. For the numbers, we thought it would be interesting to have each number correspond to where India stands in the world with respect to a particular index, and what’s more, how that number was arrived at.
For the number series, we want to shine a light on the research bodies who bring us this valuable data, that help us apply much needed context to ourselves and our shared world. These entities work hard to scour through heaps of data, corroborate with and consolidate various studies, use innumerable tools and sampling methods, and most of all, exercise the rigour required to present this information in a consumable way, available for scrutiny, peer-review, and in an ideal world — positive changes in policy and the way we behave as a society.
Let us know what you think! If you want to point out any errors, please tell us where it’s wrong, and how it’s wrong, and we’d be happy to change our position!