India is championing the global cause with the Share and Care attitude
New Delhi, August 15, 2022
Seventy-five years of free India are filled with prodigious achievements.
These become more remarkable because the country had to make a “meeting with destiny”, bringing an exploited 1/6th of humanity out of the vagaries of the colonial yoke.
Therefore, the main challenges included socio-economic development and nation building through education and industrial development, poverty eradication and food self-sufficiency at a time of drought with a nation divided by the colonial masters who were forced to lift their colonialism. chained by the non-violent movements of Gandhi.
The Non-Aligned Movement
It was all the more difficult as the world was divided into adversaries of the Cold War and a politics of blocks to which India could not have subscribed. Hence, India not only supported and aided in the emancipation of a large number of colonized countries, but also created a third way with a fairer force in the form of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) for serve the national interest and the cause of peace. and development, especially for the developing and underdeveloped world.
He has become a champion for the rights of oppressed people in international forums while fulfilling his obligations as a responsible international actor and voice of reason.
India, before the rise of the colonial powers, contributed more than a quarter of the world’s GDP which fell to less than 4% when they left it with a decimated industry and an administrative system designed to serve the interests colonial masters.
Over the past seven decades, India has engineered green, yellow and white revolutions with continuous upgrading of technology in the fields of agriculture and food processing, not only to meet the demand for ‘a booming population, but has also become a net exporter and helper to the world. India has also become a credible nuclear and space power in the world – the tools it intends to use for global good.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While speaking at the Azadi’s curtain raising activities, Ka Amrit Mahotsav reiterated that “We are proud of our Constitution. We are proud of our democratic traditions. Mother of democracy, India continues to move forward in strengthening democracy. India, rich in knowledge and science, leaves its mark from Mars to the Moon. Today, the Indian startup ecosystem has become a center of attraction in the world. India is emerging from the darkness of scarcity to meet the aspirations of over 130 crore (1.3 billion) people.
India has the largest young and ambitious population and the fastest growing market economy ready to serve the needs of its millions of people who are proud of Indian history.
Preferred investment destination
As a result of countless initiatives by the current government, hundreds of archaic laws have been removed. Its global ranking for Doing Business with India has increased significantly even though there is still a long way to go. India has emerged as a favorite investment destination, attracting the highest annual FDI inflow of US$83.57 billion in the financial year 2021-2022 despite the pandemic.
Computer software and hardware has emerged as the main beneficiary sector of FDI inflows with a share of about 25%, indicating that India is in the spotlight for investors as the industry-driven Industrial Revolution 4.0 intelligence, move to a higher orbit.
India also boasts of rapid growth of billionaire unicorns in the world. FDI inflows in the manufacturing sector increased by 76% in FY 2021-22, well supported by India’s policy framework and the “Make in India” and PLI (Performance Linked Initiative) programs. This is a remarkable achievement and a testament to India’s economic and political resilience.
Similarly, for the first time, India’s exports of goods and services reached over US$600 billion in 2021-2022 despite global issues and supply constraints due to the pandemic and the ongoing Eurasian war. . India has always been a trading nation and is working hard to reclaim that status once again. Along with this, India is focusing on self-reliance with a global footprint – “Atmanirbhar Bharat”, especially in manufacturing and to be an integral part of alternative value and supply chains that are resilient and reliable for the economy. national interest and the world. good.
In this context, India’s participation in I2U2 (Israel, India, United Arab Emirates and United States of America), Quad, Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and other frameworks connectivity-focused regional and sub-regional meetings is gaining renewed importance and focus.
Similarly, there has been a vigorous movement to rapidly implement the INSTC (North-South Transport Corridor), strategic connectivity projects like Chabahar in Iran to Afghanistan to Central Asia and Europe or northeast India to ASEAN corridors aim to provide crucial trade and economic links. for India’s centrality in global supply chains.
Digital campaigns in India
As India seeks to lead the AI-driven Industrial 4.0 revolution, its Digital India, Innovate, Start-Up and Stand-Up India campaigns have become hallmarks of a unique digital footprint. Some initiatives such as internet access, home banking and direct payment to accounts of almost a billion Indians are game changers and give India a leading position in the concert of nations.
Inaugurating the first Bullion Exchange, Mr Modi said that India already accounts for 40% of global digital payments.
The country’s foreign policy has become more robust and confident with impeccable credentials as the country pursues a policy based on values and guided by strategic autonomy to serve its national interests which are aligned with global welfare. He has become a voice of reason on the world stage. India is no longer arguing for a place on the horseshoe table at the UN Security Council, but claims it is based on its powers.
The country continues to play a global leadership role as the voice of developing and underdeveloped countries, whether in waiving intellectual property rights on vaccines or in WTO negotiations on fisheries and agriculture and the reforms of multilateral institutions.
Fight against climate change
India is also at the forefront of the fight against climate change. International Solar Alliance (ISA), Coalition of Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) and “One Planet One Health” are the initiatives that India has launched with and for the global community as it emerged as a first responder in crises ranging from natural disasters to pandemics. With a clear emphasis on multilateralism and the primacy of the United Nations Charter, India navigates its foreign and security policy with dignity and confidence as it engages with various partners in diverse groupings such as the Quad, BRICS, SCO, G20 and Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) where India becomes a pivot.
The country’s Neighborhood First, Act East and Connecting West and Africa for Africans policies provide an effective fulcrum for mutually beneficial partnerships.
India’s capacity building assistance through Indian technical and economic cooperation to more than 160 countries and the provision of essential medicines and substitute professionals and paramedics during the pandemic have given it weight. unprecedented as a responsible world power.
He has emerged as a first responder during crises with the “Share and Care” attitude, adding immensely to his soft power which has translated into unprecedented support for India at international fora including the declaration of June 21 as International Yoga Day. .
As a new world order emerges from the current rotation and transition, India is poised to assume a benign leadership role during the “Amrit Kaal” – the next 25 years with a strong political regime, a stronger economy. strong and effective foreign policy, which is robust, resilient and results-oriented and with global good at heart.
Anil Trigunayat is a former Indian Ambassador to Jordan, Libya and Malta and an Emeritus Fellow of the Vivekananda International Foundation. The above article is from the Indian High Commission based in Wellington, New Zealand.