The world is facing a complex international scenario with the threat of conflict on the Korean peninsula, a possible global trade war and growing tension in the Middle East.
Economic interdependence, mutual distrust and unreliable security guarantees encourage ostensible allies to hedge against one another to protect their interests. The big question is the rise of China both economically and militarily and its growing assertiveness in the South China Sea, South Asia, Eurasia and Africa. China is clearly undermining regional security by engaging in coercive activity in the South China Sea and challenging the International Tribunal ruling https://goo.gl/nMNozT. South China Sea sovereignty and the huge rise in China’s military budget are deeply troubling concerns for Asian countries. It’s clear that China is seeking global domination.
This will be the Asia Century in terms of economics, military strength, and geopolitical power. China has adopted assertive policies which have severely undermined Asian stability and challenged the status quo of neighboring maritime countries. Moreover, a pivot to Asia under the administration of US President Donald Trump is uncertain. Key allies such as Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines have voiced strong concerns regarding Washington’s commitment to act as a security guarantor in the region.
US Asia pivot troubling for the region
Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership alarmed US allies in the region and raised questions about the future of their relationship. US isolationist policy will give China power to dominate Asia and the freedom to set the rules for the Asia century. As America retreats from the world stage or reduces its role in the global affairs, shedding the role of security guarantor, especially in Asia, will create a gap that will be too big to fill, especially by any Asian countries.
To protect the multinational nature of the continent, Asian countries who share the same values should build coalitions rapidly to create a sustainable geopolitical equilibrium. Which country suits the role better than India? Many Asian values resonate with those of India such as freedom of speech, respect for each other’s territorial integrity and balanced trade.
Asia today is facing a similar geopolitical situation as Europe did at the end of the Second World War with the threat of communism driven by Russian aggression. The Marshall Plan protected Europe from widespread chaos.
Asia today is facing a similar geopolitical situation as Europe did at the end of the Second World War with the threat of communism driven by Russian aggression. The Marshall Plan protected Europe from widespread chaos. The plan helped Europe not only rebuild but also allowed it to become a major player in the international arena and help restore peace.
The current situation in Asia favors India to follow a similar strategy and build a grand plan to counter China’s assertive moves. The policy of Look East to Act East https://goo.gl/LzxQSe has produced a substantial result, but a lot more must be done. An Indian Marshall Plan should focus on three things: regional integration, a developmental state and a balance between free-market policies and social cohesion.
Regional connectivity is key in order to increase the sphere of influence to boost trade. In order to make it an Asia century for all, trade should be the vital part of the plan, and India should liberalize its trade policy making it easier for Asian economies to import Indian goods, especially pharmaceuticals, electrical machinery, and steel.
The best way to build a strong relationship with another country is to build a market. India must propose a bank to fund weaker economies as well as support special infrastructure spending to develop transport, energy and communication links between economies. These proposals would rebuild weaker economies and create a stronger demand for raw materials and technical expertise which can easily be exported by Indians companies. This will help change an Indian economy driven by domestic consumption to a semi export-driven economy, and so deal with a big weakness in the Indian economy.
India can play a lead role in many areas
It’s urgent that India restructure its rural economy through digital connectivity, creating better markets and enhancing the purchasing power at the bottom of the economic pyramid. India has lots of expertise to offer, especially in the field of technology, finance, space exploration and oil refineries. It needs to broaden the economic benefits through improved delivery mechanisms which, in turn, help strengthen its democracy as well as trade in the region. An Indian Marshall Plan must include aggressive foreign and economic policies to promote regional integration through the trade and digital connectivity.
According to the World Economic Forum, each additional 10% of Internet penetration can lead to a 1.2% increase in per capita GDP growth in emerging economies. India must focus on improving digital connectivity and work toward deepening financial cooperation with other countries in the regions.
A multinational Asia is not only in India’s interest but also creates a better future for the entire region. It’s time that India takes a leadership role in Asia to prove that it is an emergent power with the ambition of a superpower.
Clearly, this writer is an Obama puppet.
India should cooperate with China in the Belt and Road Initiative instead of playing into the Western narrative. Their insecurity is causing instability in the region. Their own cultural problem, the caste system in particular, is holding them down and they blame everybody or everything else for their own problems.
India should concentrate in reforming its own domestic economy, by reducing the role and scope of the bureacratic and regulatory Administrative State, an infrastructure that it had inherited from the colonials, which has largely remained intact, and acts as a bearier and impedes the robust vigor that we would otherwise see in the private sector activites. "That government is best which governs least."
The Marsha Plan which was administered by the US post WW II to help lift the devasted infrasturucture of the Western European Democracies can never be duplicated for the reason that Western Europe had held it’s civilizational and the institutional memory, but no such thing exist in the absolute dysfunctional chaotic neighborhood of India, for they ain’t the West; lets face it they are for the most part stuck, knows not political order, and are lagly fudal or traditional, essentially immature. Any expenditure will be wasted away lining the pockets of feudal lordships making them further recalcitrant.
And the other dysfunction is due to the religion Islam; there they will continue to dwell in their Dark Age, no one is sure when and how or if ever there will be sunshine in those nations. Like Israel, the world would have to learn, to quarantine them within their borders so that they won’t do harm in jealous rage and envy, which is only going to escalete over time, that’s the way it has always been upwards of thousand years, bankable.
Finally, China, she is essentially not free (brutal totalitarian nighmare) and therefore largley a ticking bomb waiting to go off; any time there’s a down turn in the economy, and that is inevitable. Which will expose Chairman Xi Jinping’s hubris, for the Chinese people have gotten the taste, well, taste for the blessings of material prosperity (sans spiritual bliss) in the last several decades, and god forbid should you take the punch-bowl away, it could get nasty. All this materialism, India should rejoice, that India knows not; fortunately and blissfully India has kept their Western bequeath of freedom and democracy, which will keep her progressing in this lovely chaotic way, through the pull and tug progressing ever higher. India should never worry over China, or the little neighborhood, keep ignoring them for time will slap them silly.
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India should be 24/7 Alert because China and communist cannot be trusted.
A Marshal plan without strings to increase prosperity in the region is good for everyone.
The west been ruling the world for about 400 years. India has been the most effected one. 60% of Indian population doesn’t even have Toilets!!! Still they are conspiring against a power shift to the East, out of jealousy & slave mentality. Indians religiously worship those idols that are either beneficial or powerful. China has to act accordingly.
I agree. A marshal plan is a fantastic idea. Indian should get on with it….
Misplaced priorities and misguided geopolitical views.
How much money will it take? Where is the money going to be coming from? As a financial writer, Mr Kant should at least address the financing part.
Should India withdraw from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization? Or the AIIB?
Find a way to stop and reverse India’s senseless population explosion first, before taking on far more complex projects.
Occupy someone else’s land & quarentine yourself !! See, you need guts full of self respect & bravery for that. The Indian idol worshippers & their sympathizers lack both. Throughout the history native Indians been ruled & enslaved by others. Out of all, Muslims taught them a bit about self-respect. Unlike European colonizers, Mughols called india home & never exported wealth. Today filthy Indians using Muslim bashing to give rise to Hindu nationalism. Only muslims are being murdered for eating beef !!! An ugly time-slap is waiting for both Indians & sympathizers like you.
Really..? It’s an analysis and what’s wrong with India Plan if China have a plan.
We are cooperating with china in changing the International system and favouring more voices of emerging economies and weak nation. But it’s doesn’t give us a reason to not follow our own ambition. I am not favouring for coperation of western countries but asian country to protect the nature of Asia. The balance of Power is needed everywhere whether its at International level ( which #china is doing ) and regional level which India must pursue. There are serious cases for china aggression.
Tariq Bappi I guess u hv forgotten that these idol worshipper s saved your ppl nd gave you independence in 1971.. when your fellow muslims of pakistan were slaughter ing millions of bangladeshis … No wonder u forgot about that ungratefull fck look at ur own country … U r no better than pakistan ..What is the condition of minority groups there millions of ppl are talking refuge in india why? Because islam is a sayani religion which teaches its followere to kill ppl of other religion … They even kill each other look at syria nd look at what pakistan did in 1971… A muslim talking about self respect and braber ya that’s why they snrakshan up to ppl nd sucide bomb themselves lol ever heard of a indian doing this??
Brother u r right. But the thing is atleast we Indians accept our problem and try to solve them we r not like failed state of yours who exports terror to all surrounding region. And nowadays u r getting taste of ur own medicine of terror
LOL. India Show me the money.
Not even China call its OBOR as Marshall Plan, even though the money budgeted for it, has far surpassed Marshall Plan. India with its small budget to invest, arrogantly compare itself with Marshall Plan. It is like inviting your neighbour to your home, and serve them peanuts and water, and call it a banquet.
India & Iran are 2 biggest state sponsors of terrorism & 2 biggest violators of law. Both of them shelter, train & equip terrorists and when terrorists fail on their own these these 2 terrorist states send in their militaries to help terrorists and kill innocent people. We need to work with China and Saudi Arabia to keep an eye on these 2 terrorist states.
This would be a marshal plan to spread slavery by the slave country. Unless Indian beurocrats and politician free themselves from legacy of western slavery they can just serve as canon foder for western master to check rise of Asia
Trying to run before you can walk properly is a recipe for falling flat on your face.
First ‘Toilet Marshall Plan’ then other plans, please!
You were a communist for 70 years, introduced to Coca-Cola very recently!
Ravi Kant – you are definitely a fool. India’s progress thru rural digital connectivity. What dreams you are having?
What rural India needs is higher prices for farm production especially to the small farmer to reduce the farm stress. Digital connectivity is at the bottom of the priority after price rise and better water management so that irrigation covers from 50% of land to 80% in next 10 years. About hundred billion dollars is needed to connect the rivers so that surplus water is transferred to deficient areas, hence the rain God is bypassed. Work on these issues and stop having wet dreams about digital connectivity.
“It’s clear that China is seeking global domination”
When one reads this very sentence, one will immediately conclude that this author has lost his script.
We know where his article will lead us to.
There is no need to continue reading it further.
He is not being objective. He is thus biased.
There is thus no intellectual self worth in his artcle.
Hari Sud : we might belong to the old school of thought. when Deng xiapong envised the envised their plan about captical centric communism, People call him crazy or it will be disaster. But where china today stands is not because of Mao, but because of Deng xiapon and its ambitious plan to change the nature of its economy from agrian to export. Now today china each village act as a prouction unit where every small big and goods are made and exported to every part of the world. Hence creating employment as well as additional source of income. The internet has been at the forefront of China’s rapid growth over the past two decades and is continuing to make a positive impact on its productivity and economic development. The country accounts for almost a quarter of the world’s internet users, with an estimated 650 million people. It is, therefore, no surprise that the internet has become a critical element to China’s economic growth and productivity. The impact of digitization on agriculture is immense in china, e-commerce has eased the procurement process for farmers in China, significantly reducing costs and leading to greater output. Taobao Marketplace, a Chinese consumer-to-consumer portal, recently launched a shopping channel dedicated to farm products. Moreover, automatisation systems – made possible by the internet – have increased the productivity of farmers as grain output reached a record high in 2015 after 11 consecutive years of increasese. As a result, Alibaba has pledged 10 billion yuan ($1bn) to help train farmers to use the internet over the next three to five years. Investment is coming to china villages, that’s important which raises the productivity and growth . Well with all due respect, something is better than nothing. how long we want to remain an agrian economy as well as want to be a major power. complaining does’t resolve the issue. Thinking does why not its sound crazy. Indian economy needs a substantial change. If we keep looking at the doors, we will miss the opportunity to see through the windows.
Maybe I should have been more eloquent with my post. India has a chance to progress with PM Modi. First, India must improve and modernize its infrastructure and go to either Japan or USA for assistance. Indian people are smarter than the chinese there’s no way it can’t excel in manufacture Andy cutting edge technology. China stole pretty much everything they have while India worked hard to attain success. Indians are smart and resilient people. If they can improve their infrastructure, it will become a dominant economic powerhouse in Asia. I would rather buy Indian products than Chinese because not only China makes poor quality but also for safety reason. Imagine what else the Chinese do with their tainted products.
Rand Gutierrez Are you being sarcastic?
Ravi Kant Very impressed. You appear to be quite knowledgable about how internet has transformed rural China, on top of what Deng Xiaoping’s policy has already accomplished. Not a lot of people outside China understand it. There are numerous villages and towns in rural China specialized in certain products or narrow category of products. They’re connected to the national or even global market via Taobao Marketplace and such, as you described. Some of them become very well-known internationally, such as Yiwu in Zhejiang Province. These rural places are also conencted into the national market logistically due to China’s well-developed infrastructure. Recently, China companies like JD.com are also experimenting with drone deliveries in some more remote villages.
As impressive as China’s cities have been transformed in the last few decades, where they’ve been connected to the global marketplace and also absorbed hundreds of millions of rural population, Chinese rural areas have also undergone profound changes. India has much to learn from China in these areas, before it dreams to export its Digital Connectivity.
Well, it isn’t that a fact china is exceeding beyond its limit in south China sea otherwise why there neigh bours are going in United nation for help .It isn’t a fact that china is encircling much of its neighbours through ports and artificial island. It’ s the fact that China has extreme trade surplus with every nation in the region. It’s isn’t a fact that they never provide their market to their neighbouring countries. What Chinese submarine are doing in Indian oceans. It’s isn"t a sign of domination over the counterpart.
Something is better than nothing. A marshal plan doesn’t always need a monetary sum. When you look upon Chinese Marshall plan that has primarily deal with infrastructure. Because China is much more bigger and lots of expertise in infrastrcture sector and have money. India may be smaller compared to china in terms of monetary sum but it has lots of expertise in digital connectivity, space, dam buildonf, defense. Collaboration in these new fields will make new opportunities for both the Asia countries and another. But it India has a important power that is soft power. Most countries appreciate India responsible behaviour and their strategic, cultural and diplomatic strength. The best example in the world is Russia, despite being economical weak than china. It is the one who is dictating the rules in the world especially in Syria and pulling the strings of America not china. This is called assymetrical strategy to counter big power. Money is not always the big thing that why I focus on digital connectivity.
I do agree something is better than nothing. But bragging without substance is shameful behavior. India has failed to deliver on so many of its brags. For example, India bragged that it would build the police academy for Nepal, yet years later nothing materialized out of it. Even Nepal doesn’t care anymore. India need to learn to walk before talk, not to mention to run.
India will never get out of caste system , infact now it is becoming more extremists Hindu . Therefore it will implode
John Miller probably its not your real name
Alex Wijaya : Quoting certain cases is not right..!! there are serveral instances where India has helped there couterpart especially in south asia and Africa. We provided the electricity through Northeast to bangladesh, same with maldives and a large amount of substantial support to vietnam . Many more. What’s wrong with having a idea, we have the capacity and we are emerging power. It’s time to reflect on the grounds rather than on Paper. When china has started working on these projects, west has laughed at it. Now look where it stand its a major trading partner with all the nations in the world. Someone has think such plans in china 3 decades and there are getting benefits from that.Nations decades and century don’t matter but the projection of power does. That’s what bring the respect and wealth at the home turf
Why the hell you think so
Our greatest enemy forevee
Tariq Bappi stop this nonsense bangi Bengali who got independence from abusing Pakistan thanks to Indian help.i wish India had allowed you bas to suffer under Pakistan forever
never have i read something so full of deludions and wishful thoughts. Freedom of speech in a state where millions live as untouchables, people being killed for eating meat, not to mention the rise in killing of journalists, just yesterday three were run over in 24 hours. The funniest claim here was "respect for territorial integrity"…good lord, India would be the last state to claim to have respect for this…we knew about propagadna but come on even for that you need to be subtle and have some knowledge which you twist and distort.
India is still a regarded as one of the largest democracy in the world and there is a rule of law. A country with having 1.2 billion people always have some problem but even America has problem of Gun control. More so, It’s only democratic nation in the whole of Asia which has certainly credibility and institution which are governs by people mandate rather than millitary. we humble admit our problem and look for better solution rather than having the world most wanted terriorist at backyard and complaining to the world that we are the biggest victim of terrorism.
The problem with we Indian are that we are master in leg pulling? If you have anything phenomenal then go ahead. Lead by example. we will appreciate you. At least some one give an alternative to this shitty piece of article according to you. Show that you care for your nation and you have a different version of how you want to see India. But before that check your fact. What’s wrong in the Article. Don’t we want India to be one of the credible power in the world. Are we satisfy with the current pace of growth. Do you want India to remain a domestic driven economy. More so, It isn’t the fact that China is heading for a global domination. America is no longer want to remain a security guarantor in the region with withdrawals from TPP and paris conference is a major sign of that. It isn’t Asia multi polar nature is in threat. As china become more powerful it will exert more pressure on us militarily, economically and culturally. So, what’s the solution ? It’s our interest which is at the stake most. Not the Asian minnows. when Deng xiapong envised the envised their plan about captical centric communism, People call him crazy or it will be disaster. No one in the CPC supported it fully. But where china today stands is not because of Mao, but because of Deng xiapon and its ambitious plan to change the nature of its economy from agrian to export. Now today china each village act as a prouction unit where every small big and goods are made and exported to every part of the world. Hence creating employment as well as additional source of income. The internet has been at the forefront of China’s rapid growth over the past two decades and is continuing to make a positive impact on its productivity and economic development. The impact of digitization on agriculture is immense in china, e-commerce has eased the procurement process for farmers in China, significantly reducing costs and leading to greater output. Taobao Marketplace, a Chinese consumer-to-consumer portal, recently launched a shopping channel dedicated to farm products. Moreover, automation systems – made possible by the internet – have increased the productivity of farmers as grain output reached a record high in 2015 after 11 consecutive years of increases. we too have a similiar problems with our economy. And we change the course of our economy we might be able to solve some of our countries problem. something is better than nothing. complaining does’t resolve the issue. Thinking does why not its sound crazy. The problem is those who think they are smart keeping question other and those who don’t show that there is an alternative to any problem. At the end alternative wins.
John Miller My late father was a Pakistan Navy Officer stationed in Chittagong Naval Base in 1970, thanks to his good realations with the local Bangali community his life was saved: that was the conclusion we, my late mother and older brother came to, whom he had left behind in Karachi at the time.
Soon the war had broken out becuase the Punjabi Army brass wasn’t going to honor the plebiscite which had a dozen or so points for autonomy. And there, post elections result clearly had made Sheikh Mujeeb-ur-Rehman undisputed winner. The West-Pakistanis, i.e. the Punjabis, really absolutely will not concede to power sharing with the far-flung Bangalis, deemed by the majority Punjabis as deformed and ugly subhuman, not worthy to be of their equals and then they began to put them in their rightful place as lowly Bangalis, things quickly escalated and there ensued genocidal killings of the insurgents (one million murdered) and massive rapes (tens of thousands) of the Bangali women. We learn about it much later (eye-witness accounts).
Luckily my father was safely handed over to the Indian authorities by the kindly Bangalis who had held him until such time that it was safe to hand him over to the Indian Army. We did not see him until 1973.
The point I am making is Islam does not permit/allows any formation of a civil society because it does not know secular, and has fear and loathing of the concept secular; contention, nay the unfounded presumption in Islam is that it is the Perfect Way of Life for both here and the hereafter. Yet the hioly Quran does not offer in the way of laws, for that we have to go the "Sharia" four known and well regarded authorites,that ought to be summarily chucked in the waste basket if you know anything about the serially communicated document through the word of mouth or hearsay, written, get this, two-hundred years past the death of the prophet. That which allows FGM; rape is not rape until the victim can produce three adult eye witnesses that can testify to the fact that the penis was seen going in and out of the vagina, and no, you may not consider the DNA evidence it’s inadmissable, so this is the vile nature of the authors of the Sharia Laws. Is it any wonder you won’t find any Nobel Prize recipients in Islam. The one they bring it out, well he is declared to be a Qadiani a dreagatory term for the Ahmedis, the persecuted people in Pakistan and Dr. Adusallam lived abroad among the Chiristians in exile as a reviled non-Muslim.
Islam, I’m afraid does not even permit the existance of a free-will, because the belief is that, all is written, so shall it be done. Is It any wonder the world of Islam is in a perpetual Dark age for the past 1000 years. So, I’m fully prepared to hear more obscene vulgar bluster from you-know the rlgion of peace adherents. Thanks dear reader.
Saleem Ibrahim Kapoorwala , don’t try to divide we Indians . We refuse to get divided. Better stop killing helpless Shia and Ahamadiya minorities . Thousands of innocent Shia and Ahamadiya Muslims have been mascared. Their mosques have been burnt and destroyed . Can you deny these facts .
Shia Muslims are safe in India . But they are not safe in Pakistan . Please stop killing them .
I want some of what the writer is smoking.
Nepal was one of the staunch supporters of India throughout the decades, till they blockaded our country, historically the third of it’s kind, and spread a war of propoganda against us. Our people suffered immensely, the GDP plummetted. How do you believe your so called Marshall Plan will materialize when you cannot even live up to your international committments and decent code of behaviour with your neighbours and friends? The future is clear for India, either live in peace and prosperity with all her neighbours including China, rather be a pawn in the master game of other nations…
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