India has become the 5th largest economy, overtaking the United Kingdom. As per estimates of the IMF, by 2026 we should touch the 5 trillion mark and become the 4th largest economy by 2030. This is a good indicator of our interest in chaotic times where numerous black swan events prop up from time to time.
There are some things we need to correct as well, especially around our military expenditure and the systematic approach towards communities that often the Indian state has not entirely understood so far. And more so, with continued zeal, forces both outside and inside the borders try to use these fault lines from time to time.
The inter-religious framework is undergoing a different development and to some extent, the government has brought much-needed attention to it but more has to be done.
However, experience is the best teacher and maybe that is how it will work here. The next few decades are going to be eventful. Much effort has gone to hamper these objectives as well. Moreover, the inter-religious framework is undergoing a different development and to some extent, the government has brought much-needed attention to it but more has to be done. The Indian century cannot be achieved with a sense of materialistic utilitarianism. It must be well in sync with the past as well. So far, as the new flag of the navy shows, we are indeed going that way.
Our relations have undergone an important change. There is a different kind of perception (although in the west, incidents of racism betray their civilisational decline) towards us. A grudging one from China as well. The Asian age and subsequently our century will remain as long as we make mindful choices politically and otherwise.
It may sound unconventional but the right time must be used to reevaluate our ties and treaties with those with whom we have had geographical proximity.
As we celebrate the 75th year of our freedom from the British crown, let us not forget that more has to be done on the path of “actual freedom” and swaraj. It may sound unconventional but the right time must be used to reevaluate our ties and treaties with those with whom we have had geographical proximity. There are many different aspects we have stayed away from for the sake of peace but there is no permanent guarantee of it now. Preparedness must be there. Whether with actors outside or within.
Finally, nothing better than to see much-renewed interest in India the world over. It is time we use it for our progression in economics and other aspects as well. One may see this under the 75th year of existence, whereas I see it from a longer period than the modern world demands us to do. We are older than them and we shall remain that way. At times hindered but rising again.
(Anhad is a Post-graduate scholar in international relations. He is now pursuing his PhD in Defence and Strategic Studies. He has an undergraduate degree in history. He is a columnist for many portals and is a keen public speaker in debates and discussions. Views expressed are the author’s own)