The Revival Of The Ancient Elephant
The synergy being created by the Modi government, for private enterprise to prosper are extremely innovative and efficient, especially when you compare it to the track record of his predecessor
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In 2014, an age of information and technology, it had become very evident that India was generations away from becoming a modern nation state. The sheer lack of effort and will, required for nation building had been missing when compared with other developing nations who were growing at a far greater rate than us but had faced the same evils of colonialism alike. But the Indian case is as unique as it gets in the modern globalised world; we observe co-existence in an extremely diverse environment.
Over the years, since independence, we have become a nation who is able to supply the best doctors, engineers, scientists, academicians, entrepreneurs to the globalised world. What we couldn't do till now, was to stop this aggressive and excessive brain-drain. India couldn't sustain, support or incentivize its human resource for its own benefit in technology, academia, research and development, literature etc. There were many reasons to it, ranging from a capital squeezed state to the point where infrastructural development in all the crucial and necessary fields could not be pushed even when the nation's political landscape and authority rested with one grand party, who had taken all the credit for the independence; in its account. In 2014; we witnessed and understood, that as a nation state we can't afford to drown in an internal squabble and gave way to one decisive political entity; especially when other nations are developing at far greater rates of economic, technological and infrastructural developments.
The successive governments in India under congress rule were not even interested in tackling basic issues, like open defecation or access to safe-drinking water. It appeared as if the government institutions had been hibernating and completely being aloof to the kind of developments needed in the country which had taken place decades before in other foreign lands. This attitude, without will and direction but of romanticised policy-making since independence; is what the Modi government has tackled and corrected vis-à-vis the governments in the past. Better reporting systems, easy flow of information, which reduces very simply the amount time required to get things done in a de-centralized government. It is the job of the Prime Minister's office to watch every government organisation like a hawk, address and effectively execute corrections wherever required; while maintaining not only unity in voice but also in action with all government institutions under the PMO.
The silence of the most powerful office of the country is never accredited with strength and confidence for any administration, economy or a nation at large. Hence, in 2014, the most vibrant democracy in the world, selected an even a more vibrant PMO, which has the political will to work selflessly and tirelessly for the benefit of the nation state and not for dynastic family lineage. In this article, I will be highlighting the key phenomena's that will make the growth story of "New India" different from that of the far-east model of development observed in Asia; while also discussing the key points of observation in geopolitics between Pakistan, China and India. I have also thrown some insight on what are the principles of BJP, involved in creating the thought process necessary to execute policies and action in all kinds of government institutions; in order to catalyse inclusive growth and development in the country.
The difference between the philosophies of the administrators in India and Pakistan; since independence has been so evident on so many topics, that we hardly come around together for anything but Cricket or Bollywood. The reality, which is clouded with the pomp and show of the world, is far more different from the picture that is depicted. Where this becomes evident is when we look at the nature of relations India & Pakistan made with the world respectively. India might have been extremely busy weaving; a completely non-biased narrative when it came to issues that mattered to the world as an International Community; while Pakistan has been slowly by slowly moving only in one direction; and that is to cement their ties with whomsoever guarantees their operational aggression against India. They make it seem like they are more interested in our affairs and workings; than the standards of life of the citizenry of Pakistan.
For quite some time now, Pakistan's interests have always been anti- India and it doesn't matter, which way the Indian society debates it, fact of the matter is that there have already been four wars between the two countries without a clear conclusion and no solution can still be found for the evil designs, Pakistan, continues to create for the future of the Sub-continent. But these times are far more serious than previously estimated by the predecessors of the Narendra Modi government. As earlier mentioned in my blog, "A change of a Nations Narrative", I had mentioned how Nehru shaped India's Non-Alignment was by making sure that; India would always be conscientiously maintaining an uncomfortable and inflexible position which met both the Soviets and the West halfway. While Pakistan not only continuously managed to nurture its partnership with the United States of America but also managed to be a point of entry for them; into China, after the Nehru's "Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai" faux pas.
It is not a hidden fact anymore that with a share of 15% of world trade, China is the biggest power in Asia and its influence would only grow in the continent. Ironically what's happening in India now, many would argue, is the same process that was initiated by the US in China, when President Nixon landed in China in the year 1972. For this very meeting, there was a genocide allowed by the Americans to take place in Bangladesh; by the Pakistani Army, a horrifying epoch of our times, that was very vividly presented in the book "The Blood Telegram" by Gary J Bass. Basically one deducts the fact that since their first day in office, the Nixon administration had started working on China, East Pakistan (Now Bangladesh) wasn't in their in plans from the very start. But letting Pakistan be for a moment and coming back to development and progress of a nation-state like China, they pushed hard for economic, infrastructural and government reforms.
They moved faster than most developing nations in Asia and they categorically understood the kind of tasks ahead of them, considering the size and population of China. India at the same time was busy trying to figure out what to do with its trade protectionist policies, while pushing its socialist agenda, for the economy and how to tackle red-tape within the system. Outdoors any sustainable gains in the period of 1970 to 1991, India went from serious periods of turmoil. With emergency being declared twice in this; the period in addition to the economic crisis; a time when our next door neighbour was touching new records of growth and development.
Though one key difference that exists in the world now and then; is the technology cannot be hidden from the international markets for long and specially the kind of technology that, affects the living standards of people directly. Hence, one thing is for sure that India will not have the same growth story as China; we are living in a far more connected and globalised age. Therefore, there will be many stages that we could skip but what will lie in between as a huge challenge for us; the requirement of increased standards of living when it comes to very basic facilities and infrastructure for our citizenry.
The world knows that there are enough, educated Indians around the world, working as key professionals in almost all of the developed parts of the world. In order to start brain gain once again, it is of utmost necessity that we are able to provide the same kind of living standards just as the ones provided to the productive human resource base of a developed nation. For securing the infrastructure required to effectively see such policies to a logical end, a strong-willed government is required; who is not paranoid on how much centralized control they exercise on the economy; but more interested in the kind of eco-system they continuously manage to create and sustain, which leads to prosperity in all parts of India.
The synergy being created by the Modi government, for private enterprise to prosper are extremely innovative and efficient, especially when you compare it to the track record of his predecessor. We are now not only cracking down on loss making Public Sector Units but also selling them off if there is no scope of revival. The private sector is being pushed for not only creating the kind of investments required to cover up the demand of infrastructure needed, by the 17 per cent of the world's population, but also creating collaborations of Indian enterprises with foreign players who will assist in generating growth and advancements in technology for Indian Enterprises whenever the requirement arises. The idea is to act as a catalyst to the Indian growth story by taking advantage of the current global scenario.
Through information technology and especially the advent of the internet, it will be easier for us to communicate, execute and monitor infrastructural as well as an economical change in the country. With the GST roll-out already in play and other strong policy initiatives like Start-Up India and Stand-up India; the various new and robust platforms that are weaving a narrative for the better administrative governance and all the support the Indian Government can provide its citizens and private sector with. There is unity in action after a very long wait in the country. Now we see a variety of stakeholders moving forward together; which come from all spheres of the eco-system. This is what basically the Congress party was missing, the innate will required to execute change and make sure that they can see the change, they initiated, lead to a logical conclusion.
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