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Decoding 7%+ growth: Is development catering to the voiceless 90% of India

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Poor-Indian-Child-Labourer

By Dr. Kallol Guha

There is lively discussion in the mainstream media about 7% + growth rate of India which apparently is higher than that of China. Any individual of a nation would like to see their country develop and its benefits being transferred into his or her daily life. Karl Marx summarized this fact in one of his famous statements: “Mankind must first of all eat, drink, have shelter and clothing before it can pursue religion and ideology”.

Importance of people

One does not have to be an economist or have multiple university degrees to understand that the single most important element of meaningful, sustainable, inclusive growth and development are the people of the nation. High quality factories, numerous flyovers, showy metros, large casinos and resorts most definitely do not promote a nation’s sustainable development. It is the quality and conditioning of human resource that ensures security and defense, development of culture, extent and quality of contribution to science and technology in the world. Hindi vocabulary “Janta Janardan” in fact reflects the core element of national development.

Population in any given nation has to be conditioned and trained to participate in inclusive national development. Essence of that training is meaningful education that induces sense of self-respect and pride in their indigenous culture and heritage. However, “Good Schools” in India forbid students to speak in Indian language while on campus.

The Chinese experience

Long before Communist leadership of China came to power in 1949, world knew that one of the most effective weapons that Chinese leadership had was their large population and the way their leadership intended to condition and engage (indoctrinate / brainwash) that population for nation building.

That was precisely what politicians of the West were afraid of. back in 1949, when Chairman Mao proclaimed People’s Republic of China in Beijing saying in his inaugural speech “China has stood up”. He also declared “Gone forever are the days when Chinese will be called yellow devil and barbarians” (adjectives coined by British and American media during the early 20th Century to emphasize their superiority).

In response, the US Presidency of that time fiercely accused Chiang Kai-Shek and held him responsible for “losing China”.  What did the West mean by “losing China” ?  Is it possible that they lost opportunity to dominate Chinese mass media and under the pretext of “Freedom of Expression” and “Freedom of Press” make people believe that technical education in a foreign language was more practical for the Chinese, considering their ethnic diversity.

Did they intend to develop a system where knowledge of vernacular would not allow access to higher education and decent living? Condition people to have white skin by rubbing Fair and Lovely and thus subtly indoctrinate them with idea of white supremacy? Condition them to respect western culture, language, values, way of life and look down upon all things  indigenous?

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In brief, convert birds of nature into caged ones, programmed to recite borrowed vocabulary.

There is no doubt that overwhelming majority of the Chinese people are involved in the process of national development that is planned, initiated, and managed by the government. In fact all the countries, be it in West Europe or in Asia where development has or is taking place, their mass participation and conditioning of general population has been made possible through careful design. In the case of India, whatever development has taken place- it is not because of, but in spite of the Government. The brilliance, entrepreneurship, patience, and incredible perseverance of Indian people are causative factors of that development.

What is the real significance of 7% growth?  

Socioeconomic development of India, under the present circumstances, is mainly contributed by those (Anglophonic population) with some degree of schooling in science and technology. This means about 10-12 crores of Indian population (10%) is contributing meaningfully to the process of national development. The talent and productive forces of rest 112 crores remains under or not utilized at all, because they are not Anglophones. It follows that exclusion or under-utilization of 90% of the population can’t possibly make meaningful development in a nation of 125 crore.

Let us transfer this scenario to another context. How would the state of development be if 10% or 8 million out of Germany’s 80 million population were say, Francophone and only French was the language used for education beyond secondary schooling ? Could 10% German population bring about overall development of the nation? Situation in India is exactly like that.   

The mainstream media may not highlight these brutal facts, politicians may not be enlightened or literate enough to grasp this limitation in India’s development, others may be consciously and deliberately be silent because they may have a hidden agenda. However, intellectual circle of the world is very well aware of this fact. Hence, India is considered a potential competitor, a potential world power, a potential industrial nation. For now it is not to be taken seriously. Because there is nothing to indicate that 90% Indians who are not Anglophones will be given access to technical training and education beyond secondary schooling and there is no mechanism in this universe that will teach English to 90% Indians and create a large scale Trinidad and Guyana. Comparison may be made between a natural tiger and a tiger of circus ring. Both are tigers nevertheless.

Postscript

As of now these statistics may have academic values but in practical terms they mean little. However, there is a possibility that a leadership may emerge in the Indian scene that will make full use of the Indian brain power and condition the entire population to engage in real growth. In that event first sign and symptom will be that the Western leadership will start overt and covert negative publicity against India since they will not like to see another formidable competitor emerging in the world market. In another possibility, rule of 10% Indian anglophones over 90% will continue under traditional leadership. Media, Bollywood, “Good Schools” and other type of publicity will continue to preach “Freedom” and make the population accept the system as “Largest Democracy” for another sixty years. After all Indians have a long tradition of accepting minority rules for centuries! There were Afghans (Alauddin Khilji), Turks (Sultans of Delhi), Mughals, British, and now 10% Indian anglophones over 90%.

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All You Need To Know About India’s Strategic Chabahar Port

The Chabahar Port is a seaport in Chabahar, which is on the Gulf of Oman, near Iran-Pakistan border.

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Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma

  • The Chabahar Port is of great strategic importance for India
  • It is in Iran and is being built and operated by India
  • This port will increase India’s trade with Central Asia and Europe

The Chabahar Port is a seaport in Chabahar, which is on the Gulf of Oman, near Iran-Pakistan border. Chabahar is the trans-shipment and logistics hub for the Makran Coast and Baluchistan province of Iran.

Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons

The tension between India and Pakistan is nothing new. There are several instances where both the countries have tried to obstruct each other’s political or economic agendas. This obstruction, along with other strategic reasons, resulted in the India and Iran’s deal on the Chabahar Port, which is crucial because of several reasons.

Here are few things about it you may not have known before :

  • Under the Trilateral Transit and Transport Agreement of 2016, the Chabahar port is the gateway to the Transport Corridor between India, Iran and Afghanistan, which allows multi-modal goods’ and passengers’ transport.

Also Read: India and Iran sign agreement to develop Chabahar Port

  • The agreement also states that India will develop and operate two berths in the first phase of the port. The contract is for 10 years and extendable. This time period excludes the first two years as they will be used for construction.
Chabahar Port will make India's trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port will make India’s trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
  • The Chabahar Port’s first phase, which was developed by India, and inaugurated by Iran on 4th December 2017, is of great strategic importance as it makes it easier for India to conduct trade with Central Asia and Europe.
  • Iran’s Chabahar port is also important for India’s trade because of Pakistan’s reluctance in allowing India to send goods to Iran and Afghanistan through its land territory.

Also Read: Gwadar Port: China Turning Pakistan Port Into Regional Giant 

  • The development of Chabahar Port will increase the momentum of the International North-South Transport Corridor whose signatories include India, Afghanistan and Russia. Iran is the key gateway in this project. It will improve India’s trade with Central Asia as well as Europe.
    The Chabahar Port has also reduced Afghanistan’s dependence on the transit road, which went through Karachi. Now, trade can be conducted via Chabahar Port too. Islamabad has accused India of trying to use this development as a means to destabilise Pakistan.

    The Chabar Port is the said to be the counter to the Gwadar Port. Wikimedia Commons
    The Chabar Port is the said to be the counter to the Gwadar Port. Wikimedia Commons
  • The Chabahar Port also acts as a counter to the barely 100 km away, Gwadar port in Pakistan, which is developed by China. However, Iran has defended that Chabahar is not a rival to Gwadar and Pakistan is invited to join in its development.
  • In October 2017, India sent its first shipment of wheat to through Chabahar to Afghanistan, in order to test the viability of the route.
  • India will also construct a 900-km Chabahar-Zahedan-hajigak railway line that will connect Port of Chabahar to Hajigak in Afghanistan. It will also connect Mashad in the north, providing access to Turkmenistan as well as northern Afghanistan.This project is worth $1.6 billion.

    India will supply $400 million worth of steel rails to Tehrain. Wikimedia Commons
    India will supply $400 million worth of steel rails to Tehran. Wikimedia Commons
  • It is being said that India will supply $400 million of steel rails to Tehran. There are also possibilities of setting up a fertilizer plant through a joint venture with the Iranian government.