In his column "Committee on Insecurity" (FE, March 3), Shekhar Gupta has explains how the UPA rendered the Cabinet Committee on Security, with its who's who of the Cabinet, powerless. Whether the UPA government goes down in history as one with a spineless PM and helpless FM or not, the accidents in the Navy that led to the resignation of the Navy Chief are to be taken seriously. We should have a second look at our arms and military equipment, not just in the Navy but also in the Army and the Air Force. Why should the largest democracy in the world, with talented and highly qualified scientists and experts, be the largest importer of arms also We have been doing it for the past 66 years without giving any serious thought, spending huge amounts in foreign exchange and running up big fiscal and current account deficits while the economy suffers. Defence purchases are often clouded by scams but we go on purchasing from the global market without adequately investing in updating our own weapons technology.