As the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi arrived to address the House of Commons, hundreds of protestors waited outside the Parliament square in London to protest the rise of intolerance in India, and the government’s culpability in that rise. A few days before a projection was broadcast on the Big Ben, likening Bharatiya Janta Party’s politics to fascist regimes of past. A few weeks earlier, dozens of Indian artists – several of them notable citizens in the UK – returned their governmental awards as a sign of protest. Yet the British Prime Minister was dismissively categorical; he will not let “concerns” about Narendra Modi’s human rights record stop the government seeking to strengthen ties with India – and the red carpet was rolled out.

UK won’t be the first country to overlook human rights indiscretions to make a few bucks, but considering it’s zealous preaching of the universal human rights doctrine, a little more protest before rolling over would have befitted their role. But it is hard resisting Modi when he brings gargantuan companies and more than a million consumers with him; deals worth billion pounds were struck, mostly with Indian big money. The nature of these deals is civilian, and David Cameron can perhaps rationalise looking the other way when millions in need are receiving the benefit. Yet these are not the only deals being struck, and dismissing human right “concerns” for these can be little more troublesome.

Behind the glitzy commercial deals the Indian military’s spending spree is in full force. India wants to buy 20 BAE Systems Hawk aircraft from the UK, with fighter jets from France and missile defense systems from Israel already on the way. To get to Indian markets, the west is fueling an arms buildup that is directly responsible for the sub-continental arms race. To get to Indian consumers, Modi’s religious intolerance is being ignored – the West has been down this path before.