The recent border skirmish with China and the ongoing threat of Chinese aggression have both driven home the need for India to diversify its defence portfolio.
India’s $2.4-bn assistance to Bangladesh railways and the initiative to link the NE via rivers and rail links through the neighbouring country are opening new frontiers in cooperation between the two countries.
Mukesh Ambani’s announcement that his Jio Platforms has developed in-house a 5G solution, his deal with Google to develop a new OS to power affordable smartphones, his JioMeet answer to the Zoom meeting app and several other initiatives promises to place India at the centre of global high technology innovation and offer the Axis of Democracies a new sourcing point for these products.
India’s investment in developing and connecting the country’s centres of Buddhist heritage has the potential to bring large parts of Southeast and East Asia within its pluralistic cultural embrace.
India, which enjoys diplomatic goodwill from most countries would be a great leader to galvanise countries around the world to cooperate and collaborate on climate change.
The Strategic Energy Partnership between New Delhi and Washington has emerged as one of the most important components of the larger strategic convergence between the two countries. This engagement is helping India balance the imperatives of development with the need to protect the environment.
The post-Covid world will require a significant segment of India’s workforce to have new skills that fit in with the requirements of WFH and other innovations that will become the order of the day.