1. What is the key to India turning into global power? Check US expert’s take

What is the key to India turning into global power? Check US expert’s take

India will be a leading power in the world only if it takes a "concerted effort" to achieve a multidimensional success in economic and military capabilities and sustains its democracy by accommodating diverse ambitions of the people, a noted US expert has said.

By: | Washington | Updated: April 6, 2016 1:36 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambition to make India a great power will mark the beginning of a third epoch in Indian foreign policy when its weight and preferences will determine outcomes in the global system says US expert. (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambition to make India a great power will mark the beginning of a third epoch in Indian foreign policy when its weight and preferences will determine outcomes in the global system says US expert. (PTI)

India will be a leading power in the world only if it takes a “concerted effort” to achieve a multidimensional success in economic and military capabilities and sustains its democracy by accommodating diverse ambitions of the people, a noted US expert has said.

“In Modi’s vision, a leading power is essentially a great power. However, India will only acquire this status when its economic foundations, its state institutions, and its military capabilities are truly robust. It will take concerted effort to reach this pinnacle,” Ashley Tellis of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said yesterday.

Tellis said India’s current ability to expand its national power is handicapped by an overly regulated economy, inadequate state capacity, burdensome state-society relations and limited rationalisation across state and society.

He said India’s ambition to become a great power depends on its ability to achieve multidimensional success in terms of improving its economic performance, wider regional integration and acquiring effective military capabilities for power projection coupled with wise policies for their use, besides sustaining its democracy successfully by accommodating the diverse ambitions of its people.

“Even if India manages to undertake the myriad reforms necessary to achieve these aims, many analysis suggest that it will be the weakest of the major poles for decades to come, geographically located uncomfortably close to a powerful China,” Tellis said.

To become a leading power India should complete the structural reforms necessary to create efficient product and factor markets; create an effective state to leverage India’s capacity to build its national power and foster a strong relationship with the US, he said.

“If India maintains robust ties with the United States, even as it strengthens relations with key US allies in Asia and beyond, it will continue to gain indispensable benefits,” Tellis said.

Noting that India has lost too many opportunities to build efficient markets that foster innovation and accelerate long-term trend growth, Tellis said the government needs to redirect its activities toward producing better public goods, while establishing an institutional framework that stimulates private creativity and increases rationalisation across Indian society.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambition to make India a great power will mark the beginning of a third epoch in Indian foreign policy when its weight and preferences will determine outcomes in the global system.

Without a vastly improved presence in society and better extractive and regulatory capacities all of which require a more autonomous state India cannot accumulate material capabilities to rapidly become a great power, he said.

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    Jishnu
    Apr 6, 2016 at 9:05 am
    In layman terms: "India’s ambition to become a great power depends on its ability to achieve multidimensional success in terms of improving its economic performance (or Buy America) , wider regional integration (Or join pivot to Asia) and acquiring effective military capabilities (or Buy more waepons) for power projection coupled with wise policies (or Pay through the nose for American IPRs) for their use" :)Some issue with my earlier comments being modified due to use of some ASCII character
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      Jishnu
      Apr 6, 2016 at 9:03 am
      In layman terms: "India’s ambition to become a great power depends on its ability to achieve multidimensional success in terms of improving its economic performance , wider regional integration and acquiring effective military capabilities for power projection coupled with wise policies for their use" :)
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        Jishnu
        Apr 6, 2016 at 8:59 am
        To be read as: "multidimensional success in terms of , wider regional integration and acquiring effective military capabilities :)
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        1. Ketan Rindani
          Apr 6, 2016 at 9:19 am
          The expert's opinion seems to be in diametric opposition to the government's Make in India initiative. We should always be self-reliant. India was not as badly affected in the 2008 recession as many other top economies, simply because we are i) a self-reliant country and ii) we are a resilient country (bounce back from setbacks quickly). If you put too many of your eggs in the US or China or Russia or any such countries, you may end up with an empty poultry farm. Better to be self-reliant; that way, you have a higher bargaining power in the international arena.
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