Dog competition

Forget China, our competitor is now Bangladesh. Only PM does not recognize it

Our name is Vishwaguru, and there is no doubt that India has a lot to teach the world just as it has a lot to learn from the world. However, the average Indian produces less than a fifth of what the average world citizen produces. China ($12,556) is now on par with the world, meaning the average Chinese produces what the average world produces. This means that today we have a fifth of China’s economic power.

It will interest readers to know that India and China were tied in 1991 when we launched what are called economic reforms. Both nations were around $300 per person that year. Today, the world does not consider us peers. China is a great power, which in international relations means that it can effectively project its power beyond its borders.

It is the primary strategic threat to US dominance or influence in the world. It is expected to catch up with the United States in terms of overall GDP (but not per person) over the next few years. According to some experts, it has almost caught up with the United States in terms of military power.

When our Prime Minister attends the BRICS or the G20 or some other forum, it is assumed that he is going there in a peer group. Of course, this is true insofar as we accept that all nations are equal. But in a room where the people gathered are aware of their power and the power of others, the dynamic will not be the same as that of the group photo.

India will have to do a lot of work to be able to influence the world, to be able to lift its people out of poverty and into prosperity. We will actually have to do a lot of work even to catch up with Bangladesh.

Can this happen in a country where the daily news cycle is filled with joy at the prospect of activists being locked up because of their tweets? In my opinion, it’s not possible, but we don’t have to wait long to find out. The world is changing at a faster rate than in history and our place in the world and our future will be obvious to all before the end of the current decade.

(Aakar Patel is Chairman of Amnesty India. Opinions are personal)