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The importance of human resource in a nation’s development and progress



By Dr Kallol Guha

A country’s human resource (a set of individuals who make up the workforce of an organization, business sector or economy) is shaped and conditioned through its education system. How a given nation will fair can be predicted by evaluating the state of its primary, secondary and higher education with special reference to its research orientation of the education system.

Hitler’s armament minister Albert Speer wrote in his memoir “Inside the Third Reich” that he once visited German occupied territory in Ukraine during the last war. There he inspected a university complex under construction. He mentioned- the facilities he saw, far exceeded anything available in Germany. So, by seeing the structure of the University, he remarked- he had no doubt that Russia was determined to become a world power.

If India has to become an important geopolitical player in the region and an economy to reckon with, it has to take up major educational reforms in the country. There isn’t any doubt that the education system in India, at all levels, is down in the dumps. The situation can be assessed by the fact that not even one Indian university features in the QS World University top 200 list.

Moreover, the importance of education in shaping the human resource is not just restricted to economic development. Defence and international relations too are dependent on the nation’s human resources.

There are lots of opinions on matters related to India’s defence. How neighboring countries are to be treated is a subject being debated passionately, and in some channel it is a shouting match with the bellowing anchor. A basic principle of a country’s defense is not ammunitions, but quality, conviction, and training of the human resource that determines the defense capability of a given nation. Contemporary history bears numerous testimonies to this basic principle. A case in point is the Vietnam War, Korean War, Bay of Pigs in Cuba and Israel’s role in Middle East.

In India, there are lots of discussions on procurement of arms from merchants of Death. But not a word on how to condition and shape the human resource to defend the country at the right time! In case of a war with a formidable opponent (not Pakistan), only a fool should believe that such a war can be won by arms supplied by a third country and leadership of Anglophonic Politicians whose primary objective is to transfer wealth to Anglophonic West.

Has anyone ever heard any Indian politician or any Indian political party emphasize the significance of building and conditioning human resource to strengthen nation’s all out development with special reference to Defense?

It’s time India did some major rethinking.

(The writer is the President & CEO of Saint James School of Medicine headquartered in Illinois.)

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Iran invites Pakistan to join Chabahar project with India

India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in 2016

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
  • Iran has invited Pakistan to join Chabahar port project
  • It is a very crucial port of great importance
  • India, Iran and Afghanistan have already signed a trilateral agreement in 2016

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has invited Pakistan to participate in the Chabahar Port project that connects India to Afghanistan, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, a leading Pakistani daily reported on Tuesday.

Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons

The move may be seen as Zarif’s bid to allay concerns here over the Indian involvement in the Iranian port, Dawn online reported. The Iranian minister also, meanwhile, extended the invitation to China.

“We offered to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). We have also offered Pakistan and China to participate in Chahbahar,” Zarif, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, said while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) on Monday, according to the daily.

India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in 2016 to jointly develop the Chabahar port, opening a new strategic transit route between the three nations and other Central Asian nations, bypassing Pakistan. In November 2017, India delievered the first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through the Chabahar Port.

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

Zarif had earlier held bilateral talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif and addressed a trade conference. The visiting Foreign Minister is being accompanied by a large trade delegation from Iran.

He also said that Gwadar Port and Chabahar Port needed to be linked through sea and land routes for development of deprived Eastern and South-eastern Iran and South Western Pakistan. “We are taking measures to do that and there is an open invitation to Pakistan to participate in that,” Zarif said.

Chabahar Port will make India's trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port will make India’s trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons

He also said that the Chabahar port project was not meant to “encircle Pakistan … strangulate anybody”, adding that Iran would not allow anybody to hurt Pakistan from its territory, much like Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used against Iran.

Zarif likened Iran’s relations with India to Pakistan’s ties with Saudi Arabia. “Our relations with India, just like Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia, are not against Islamabad as we understand Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia are not against Iran.” IANS

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