Similarly Dr Duarte Barreto of the Foundation of Educational Innovation in Asia (FEDINA), Bangalore questions, while 900 million people of our country lacks social security protection, a demand for unilateral 10 percent reduction in military expenditure is not a big deal. When people are dying of poverty, can security and arms provide them with a basic square meal ?As the criticism towards New Delhi's fascination to military power grows bigger, three influential civil society and advocacy groups have decided to organize a parallel event in Bangalore as an alternative action to the Aero show. The event, organized by the CAFI, FEDINA, and the School of Law (Christ University, Bangalore), would focus on the consequences of the arms trade and it is titled as Disarmament for Peace, Human Security and Development in 21st century India.The programmes include a press conference at Bangalore Press Club, human chain formation in the city streets, group discussion, mime show and a peace vigil walk around the Aero show venue, informed Mita Dutta of FEDINA, who talked to this writer from Bangalore. Arvind Radhakrishnan of the Bangalore based School of Law (Christ University) had a major point to get highlighted, "In a country where poverty is rampant and where there is a great deal to be done in the fields of health and education, we cannot be spending so much on defence. Our battle is against starvation and deprivation, which cannot be fought with guns and missiles."
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