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India’s military spending continues to rise, placing it among the top spenders globally according to a new report. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released its findings on Monday, highlighting India’s position as the fourth largest military spender in 2023.

The report states that India’s military expenditure reached $83.6 billion in 2023, reflecting a 4.2% increase compared to 2022. This growth aligns with the global trend of rising military spending, which SIPRI attributes to a deteriorating global security environment.

The report’s findings likely spark discussions on India’s defense priorities. With ongoing border tensions and regional security concerns, India’s military modernization efforts are a significant focus. The allocation of these funds will be scrutinized to ensure they effectively address strategic needs.

This news comes amidst calls for increased transparency in defense spending. Public discussions often center around the optimal balance between military preparedness and investments in social and economic development.