India is a World Power
Emergence of a Vibrant India
India of the Future
India of Your Dreams
India in 2020
When Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the President of India took over as the President, he gave to the people of India a vision, a dream of India in 2020. He foresaw an India that would lead the world not only in the fields of science and technology but in all other fields also. Swami Vivekananda, the great India saint had declared more than a hundred years ago that India would rise to its full stature and glory and lead the world in all spheres—spiritual or material. That dream of the people of India appears to be coming to its fulfillment whenever one casts a glance over the big strides India is taking in all fields, especially that of knowledge through information technology.
India is now in race to be recognized as a world power in the next few years. In the field of space programme, India took a big jump on May 5, 2005 with the successful launch of the 44-metre tall four-stage Polar satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV –C6 from the Indian spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. This has place India on a stage where it can now receive launch orders from other countries.
The Indian IT industry is already leaving several countries behind. There are more than 600,000 persons working in the Indian IT industry responsible for creating a wealth to the tune of 16 billion dollars. India is going to take bigger strides and touch the 50 billion dollar mark in the export of software soon. The ‘on-line’ is becoming the in-line in every Indian home and the day is not far when every Indian village panchayat will be fully computerized.
Indian immigrants in USA are the richest amongst the immigrants. According to reliable estimates, there are some two lakh millionaires of Indian origin in USA alone. The size of the Indian entrepreneur market in the Silicon Valley alone comprises 200,000 people. It is only because of their hard work, perseverance and dedication to duty that the people of India are finding a place of pride in the fields of technology, health and corporate business all over the world. Anybody can be proud of Indian firms like the Mittal Steel Corporation which now operates in 14 countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the USA.
Gone are the days when our leaders used to go to the advanced countries with a begging bowl for aid and expertise. The roles appear to be reversed now. India is now in a position to help several countries with money as well as expertise in several fields. The Delhi Metro and the Konkan Rail Project are being looked upon as the best project comparable to any such project anywhere in the world. Several countries are already trying to replicate the Delhi Metro model and are approaching India for the purpose. Projects like the Golden Quardrilateral and the linking of rivers in the country will certainly revolutionize in the infrastructure in the country within the next ten years.
Only a little while ago, Henry Kissinger, the former US Secretary of State eulogized India as a global power and backed India’s candidature for permanent membership of the UN Security Council.
There is no doubt that the country has changed beyond recognition during the last 50 years. India and Indian products are now becoming synonymous with quality and durability all over the world. That is why the Indian export figures and jumping higher and higher every year.
India is certainly on the march. It is going to be a different India in the year 2020. It is going to be an India of our dreams, an India that can hold its head high in the comity of nations. Once again India will occupy the seat of a jagadguru in the world.
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Can Indian Become A Superpower?
“Unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. In this world, fear has no place. Only strength respects strength”, said Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, whom we all know as an ex-President, a great scientist and the ‘Missile man of India’. Dr.Kalam’s mission in life, from a small town Rameswaram to the Rashtrapati Bhawan, has been to make India a superpower by 2020 through his work and motivation to the people of India. But first, we must know what the term ‘Superpower’ actually means.
A superpower is a country with a dominant position in the international system, which has the ability to influence events in its own interests and project power on a worldwide scale to protect those interests. However, in a deeper sense, a country which fulfils the following parameters is a superpower:
(i) A strong political system which is democratically elected.
(ii) Economic stability with productive reforms.
(iii) Trained manpower with a manageable amount of population.
(iv) Cultural & regional unity within
(v) High level of technical expertise & defence capabilities.
Though India is the world’s biggest democracy and has a strong political system, yet to be a superpower, we have to completely eradicate some weeds from our system such as corruption and nepotism. The world corruption watchdog, Transparency International, has ranked India as the 87th most corrupt country in its latest report, which emphasizes how deep-rooted the corruption is in India. But at the same time, we see people like Anna Hazare come forward and force the Government to redraft the Lokpal Bill in the Parliament. His fast was not only an eye-opener for the Government but also for the people to come forward and support such movements, which will highly benefit the nation to be superpower in the coming years.
According to the Economic Survey 2010-11, India’s economy is currently growing at a rate of 8.6% and is expected to grow higher at a rate of 9-9.25% in the next financial year. However, to become a superpower, our own people must get food and other basic commodities at an affordable price, for which India has to control the high inflation, which was at a rate of 9.4%, earlier this year. Thus, we must be focused on keeping the growth engine strong as well as on containing inflation, all within the framework. A survey by Standard & Poor’s says that the top 500 American companies are doing well not because the US economy is recovering, but because there is sustained growth in India & other BRIC nations. Thus, our economy is on the right track, but we have to ensure that the funds sanctioned by the Government duly reach the people at grassroots-level.
For India to become a superpower, we ought to have trained manpower with a manageable amount of population. Today, India is the world’s second largest country in terms of population after China and this high population has always been a big worry and hindrance behind our growth prospects. But this trend is changing and this has been proved by the provisional data of the Census 2011, which states that India’s population has touched 1.21 billion. However, its population has raised only 181 million in this decade (2001-2011) as compared to the rise of 183.3 million in the last decade (1991-2001). Moreover another very important concern for the nation is literacy and education of its masses. For India to grow at a sustained pace to become a superpower, it needs people who are educated and trained. According to Census 2011, a very encouraging fact is that India’s literacy rate has touched 74% in 2011, up from 65% in 2001 and just 52% in 1991. However, we have to continue this trend so that we can achieve our target of 100% literacy and make this great population to join hands, to make India a great nation. But along with these things, India has to become a leader in innovation. It is a general notion that the USA is the epicenter of innovation but the fact is that in the USA, many of the people doing innovation are not American born. They come to America, because great institutions like Harvard and Stanford are still the ideal locations in terms of clusters of talent. If one wants to take a really cutting – edge idea from the laboratory to the market, the USA is still the best place. India’s elite institutions do not seem to do quite as much in terms of commercial spinoffs as their counterparts in other countries. India has to create clusters of talent around its top universities to develop talent and support innovation. For India to become a superpower, we have to support entrepreneurship to create an environment where more people like Ratan Tata, Narayana Murthy, Kishore Biyani can come forward to help build a better India. India has to have a system which gives priority to talent and merit before any other factor. India business should push for changes and a framework where success comes from enterprises and innovation and not from the proximity to politics. Along with this, sole aim of IAS officers and also those who aspire to be one, should be to work closely with different local bodies so that they all work together for the development of the nation as a whole. They have to work tirelessly for the benefit of the nation and fulfil the expectations of the common man.
India is a country of people of different cultures and religions. People of different regions have different customs, but all live together in this country with unity and dignity. Here, there is unity in diversity but still there are stray cases of serious disputes between people of different communities. People have to understand each other and work for each other irrespective of their caste, creed or religion. We need more people like Ms.Chhavi Rajawat, India’s youngest and only MBA to be a village head. She quit high-profile job to become the Sarpanch of Soda village in Rajasthan so that she could make a difference to rural India. Today, we have a sex ratio of 914 girls for every 1000 boys, but have to understand that o make India a superpower, we have to stop female foeticide by spreading more awareness in the rural India about the importance of the girl child.
An essential criterion for a country to be a superpower is that it should have high level of technical expertise and military capabilities. Now, it is beyond doubt that India is a world leader in IT services and we have been a knowledge hub in the past as well as present. Indian scientists and doctors have been excellent in terms of skill and efficiency. As far as space technology is concerned, ISRO is renowned for satellite-building and launching. Though, there have been some hiccups in our space journey, yet with foreign collaborations, we are getting better. However, for India to excel in the field of technology and bridge the gap between rural and urban India, we have to fulfil the dream of connecting every region of India with the Internet. It is a difficult task, no doubt, but with dedication, we have to accomplish this task to make India a superpower. India’s defence capability is also increasing and it is equipped with indigenously developed missiles and nuclear warheads. The latest achievement of India’s defence organisation, DRDO, is indigenously designed and developed light combat aircraft, Tejas. In addition to this, India is also the world’s largest arms importer and has spent money to the tune of $50 billion after the Kargil conflict to strengthen itself. Moreover, India also maintains amicable relations with other countries as well as protects its own interests wherever necessary. With its global presence and participation, India will also become a permanent member of the United Nations in coming times.
Thus, if we analyse India from all sides, then we can easily see that India has all the ingredients to be a superpower. India’s past tells us how India had been a target of human atrocities as well as natural disasters, but it always managed to come out of them and has grown wiser and stronger with every challenge. India is a country where modernity has to blend with tradition. It is time where we have to walk the talk. We, the people of this great nation, have to work with unity to make India a superpower by 2020-25. We have to work with this vision and passion. Swami Vivekananda has rightly said ‘Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached’. A few wholehearted, sincere, energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob can in a century.
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