Whats the electron’s electricity bill? Our democracy has made it easier that if every person pays a little particle physics is really not that expensive, even less expensive than Diwali, Diwali comes every year. A lab for example would stay for 3 decades if opened.
Why India can go to Mars and not the atom? For expenditures, between the Mars and the Atom, the sojourn is not any different.
I worked for a particle lab whose cms energy for electron’s acceleration was roughly 10.5 GeV. Thats basically the energy if each person in India buys a battery of 1 Volt and gifts it to the lab as each battery would accelerate the electron a level of 1 eV and roughly the population of India would be needed to accelerate the electron to 10.5 GeV, assuming each one’s battery accelerates to 1 eV.
There will be other similar expenditures also, but this is like the electric bill for the electron. Says why particle physics is not really as expensive for the country as are eg riot expenditures or even Diwali crackers.