Editorial

India then and now

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/14/2019 1:08:01 PM IST

 India celebrates its 73rd independence day on August 15,2019 amidst the biggest ever mandate after 48 years ever won by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after Jawaharalal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Modi’s landslide victory is a major milestone in India’s electoral history. Modi begins his second-term and he will be making his first address after storming back to power on the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 73rdindependence day.. For the people of India,the independence day is a recollection of the freedom struggle led by its stalwarts – Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, SardarVallabhai Patel, Maulana Azad, Chandrasekhar Azad, Indira Gandhi, Gopal Krishna Gokhale to name some.. India has come a long way from the days from being an impoverished nation to among the top ten economies in the world today. From 1947 to 1991, the India Economic System was based on social democratic-based policies. Today,India has emerged as a growing power that has successfully launched several foreign satellites. Its first mission to Mars was launched in November 2013 which successfully reached the planet’s orbit on 24 September 2014.India has also emerged as the fastest growing major economy in the world and is expected to be one of the top three economic powers of the world over the next 10-15 years, backed by its strong democracy and partnerships. India is expected to be the third largest consumer economy as its consumption may triple to US$ 4 trillion by 2025, owing to shift in consumer behaviour and expenditure pattern, according to a Boston Consulting Group (BCG) report; and is estimated to surpass USA to become the second largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP) by the year 2040, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.The Road network of India is second largest road network in The World with total length of around 4,320,000 kilometers. Indian road network is consists of 1000 km -Expressways,79,243 km -National Highways, 1,31,899 km -State Highways and Other major district and rural roads.India stands 97th in Oxfam’s Food Availability Index, and 103rd in the 2018 Global Hunger Index.TheFoodAgricultureOrganization(FAO) has created three levels of self-sufficiency- below 80 per cent, indicating food deficit; between 80 and 120 per cent, indicating self-sufficiency; and, above 120 per cent, meaning surplus.On the political front, the policies of the current Modi government have sent positive signals to business investors from outside. The government’s favourable policy regime and robust business environment have ensured that foreign capital keeps flowing into the country.The government has taken many initiatives in recent years such as relaxing FDI norms across sectors such asdefence, PSU oil refineries, telecom, power exchanges, and stock exchanges, among others.As a growing economic power, India still has to grapple with shortages in agriculture produce mainly because the rising population.India is destined to become the world’s largest country by population by 2024, overtaking China, which currently has a population of 1.4 billion.This unflattering growth isn’t expected to slow until around 2060, when approximately 1.67 billion people willcall their India home.The government of India is fighting an undeclared war with Pakistan and its trained terrorists. The people want to live in peace and be left tothemselves but that is something too much to ask. The biggest test for the Modi government would be on bringing normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir and prove that democracy cannot be ruled through the barrel of the gun.

 

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