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Come Make In India

Updated: January 3, 2015 4:52 pm

“I tell the world, ‘Make in India’, sell anywhere but manufacture here. We have the skill and talent for it. We in India have the strength. I extend the invitation to you”- Narendra Modi. There is a high tide of hope for change in India. In the elections, across India’s immense diversity, 1.25 billion people spoke unequivocally for political stability, good governance and rapid development. We have a government with a majority in the Lok Sabha for the first time in 30 years. A young nation with 800 million people under age 35, India is brimming with optimism and confidence. The young people’s energy, enthusiasm and enterprise are India’s greatest strength. Unleashing those attributes is the government’s biggest mission.

A nation’s past and present determine its future. India, one of the oldest civilisations on earth has just become the buzz word across the globe once again. Ages ago, India was the famed land of riches, a paradise for explorers. It drew bounty hunters from afar. Those who came carried back tales of the riches, both material and immaterial. It attracted conquerors and scholars alike; some came for the wealth, others for the immense wisdom.

Besides the still visible past glories of art and architecture, the wonderful ancient literature which we are justly proud of, the Indian past includes another type of glory most tantalizing to the Indians of today–prolonged material prosperity. For well over a millennium and a half, the Indian subcontinent was the richest and happiest place in the world. Not only did we have vast treasures of knowledge and developments, but ancient India also had great wealth, along with good climate and great fertility. The deep levels of knowledge and development was another of her greatest assets. For this reason, the ambition of all conquerors was to possess India, and we remained under foreign yoke for ages.

This is all going to change. There is going to be a second coming. The India magic, in the last six months, since the new government is in place, has spread over all the continents of the world once again. The world waits with bated breath. Analysts are projecting India as the next super power by 2035. India will be the source of ‘Human Capital’ in the future, with its robust economic growth and fast growing I.T. industry.

In May 2014, as the new stable government took oath in Delhi, there was a wave of optimism and excitement that pursed through Indian veins. Of the numerous announcements made by the new government the one that generated the most news, was the Modi’s “Make In India” campaign. The prime minister is very keen to turn India into a manufacturing hub and announced a grand initiative to that end titled ‘Make in India’.

The elimination of archaic unnecessary laws and regulations, making bureaucratic processes easier and shorter, and ensuring that governance is more transparent, responsive and accountable are welcome initiatives. World’s top-notch brands from smart phones to fast cars are already tapping into the advantages of smart sourcing in India and soon products in our hands could very well read ‘made-in-India’ instead of ‘made-in-Taiwan’ or ‘made-in-Germany’. India, with its epic wealth of diversity, inveterate resilience and amazing lineage of overcoming struggles, can very well add that extra stripe on every barcode. But to be able to do that, it would need to have common denominators like technology, firmly under its belt. To make his dream a reality, Modi has assured the world that aggressive reforms are high on his agenda. ‘Make in India’ is not a fantasy, it is not something that will happen in the next few years, it’s happening right now. The launch of “Make in India” campaign   is as much about the new initiative as about the man behind it. If implemented properly, it will put the country on the track of growth. The government has identified 25 sectors in which India has the potential of becoming a world leader. These include automobiles, chemicals, information technology, pharmaceuticals, textiles, ports, aviation, leather, tourism and hospitality, wellness and railways, etc.

“Make in India” and “FDI” (First Develop India) are a welcome step. Modi’s top priority is to create investors’ confidence for inclusive development. He is working hard for: skill education and opportunity, safety, dignity and rights for every section of our society, especially women; a bank account for every Indian; affordable health care within everyone’s reach; sanitation for all by 2019; a roof over every head by 2022; electricity for every household; and connectivity to every village.

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