Will India Ever Become A Superpower As It Was In Ancient Times?
Just sixty seven years after gaining its independence from the British, India has managed to stay united and develop its identity as one of the fastest growing economies of the world. Being the 2nd most populated country in the world with a population of over 1.2 billion people, India has the potential to emerge as a superpower again as it used to be in the ancient times of the Indus Valley Civilization and the Vedic era.
Although India has some of the lowest per capita income figures on the planet, however, the last two decades have been a time of boom for the largest democracy in the world. India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the year 1990 was a mere 326.6 billion dollars in contrast to the United Kingdom’s 1.067 trillion. In 2013, India’s GDP was approximately 1.877 trillion dollars as compared to the UK’s 2.678 trillion. The steep rise in the GDP of the nation over the 90s and the 2000s is proof enough that India is all set to be at par with the other developed nations of the world. There are some of the most important factors that will play out in favor of India on its way to reaching the superpower status.
One of the primary concerns with population explosion is the fall in the capital formation in the country. It creates a pressure on the natural resources of a country which has adverse effects on the economy and the environment. India has tried to put its population problem in check off late, but to provide for such a humongous number of people, often proves difficult, especially in times of war or natural calamities.
On the positive side however, such a huge population means that the nation can avail the benefits of economies of scale and division of labor alongside specialization. India also has one of the largest standing armies in the world.
Education has been a chief area of focus for the Indian government and it has been going hammer and tong at ensuring that every child is educated today and for this purpose, the government has been investing majorly in the education sector. Recent drives of the government to educate its citizens about the benefits of cleanliness and hygiene might solve the problems of sanitation that has since centuries been a serious malady.
Secularism and Nationalism
One of the greatest benefits for India is its secularity. It provides a safe haven for people of all creeds to live in harmony with one another. There have been communal violence in the past, but usually always, such incidents are instigated by the radical political leaders.
India has the longest written constitution in the world. The independence that the judiciary has been given by the constitution allows the Indian judiciary to function in tandem with the philosophies and ideologies that the founding fathers of the nation envisioned without fear or influence.
It is only a matter of time now for India to become a super power again.