News heard early today, August 16, 2012, had this blogger's dander up. We have no axe to grind regarding India nor foreign aid to deserving countries but feel this story is yet one more sign that the World has gone mad.
Only a week or so ago we reported that India was receiving a huge amount of foreign aid although it was developing and testing sophisticated missiles. Now the Indian authorities are planning on joining the Space race. A 4.5 billion rupee ($82 million) mission to Mars is on the cards for 2013.
The mission was announced by the country's leader Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as he delivered a speech marking the 65th anniversary of India's independence from Great Britain.
What you may not be aware of though is that India is no stranger to Space missions. It even sent an unmanned mission into Space to orbit around the Moon in 2008.
Whilst we realise that offering aid to a country is probably as much about keeping them as allies than anything else, the situation is now laughable. The UK sends aid to India and unbeliveably India itself sends aid to poorer countries. Where is the sense in that?
Where also is the sense in sending aid to a country that is funding Space missions and developing expenisve weaponry? The fact that they do not have their priorities right is not really our problem. That may sound harsh but we have no way of really knowing whether our money does any good or not. How do we know it reaches those in the most need?
Now that times are tough around the wrold many people will be questioning foreign aid. We would like to think that people will be happy to help out in genuine cases. When it is a country following expensive programs at the cost of its people however shouldn't we hold back. After all there will be other poorer nations needing help.
But of course as said earlier it will be more about gaining political advantage and holding on to useful allies than humanitarian aid, won't it?