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Jhanda Uncha Rahe Humara…

By Deepak Kumar Rath
Updated: August 18, 2022 9:55 am

By Deepak Kumar Rath

It’s a matter of great pride that Bharat is rejoicing 75 Years of Amrit Mahotstav with pomp and ceremony. The National Flag is given the highest respect in every household and people are celebrating it as a national festival. Bharat is a unique nation where unity, integrity and nationalism are given the highest priority and that is why wherever in the world Indians are, there our national flag Tiranga is at the top. No nation in the world is compared with Bharat for its rich culture, tradition and unity in diversity. Today, Bharat has really marked its name and fame in every sphere of life around the world. A new India has become a buzzword among the Indians living across the world. One may be a farmer, a teacher, a scientist, a doctor or belong to any community, everyone is proud to be an Indian today. Thanks to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who really instilled confidence in the Indians that we are the best, and Bharat is going to be the Vishwa Guru in the forthcoming decade.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is scripting new chapters in every field of development. What is more, India is helping its neighbouring countries, which are faced with acute difficulties. India’s neighbourhood, which comprises the member-countries of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, is a fairly complex geographical entity. Relations with neighbouring countries have been a central element of India’s foreign policy. The Modi government is of the firm opinion that a peaceful environment will help us to concentrate on the essential tasks of development. It is also clear that a stable and prosperous South Asia will also contribute to India’s prosperity. The country is committed to promoting inter-connectivity and restoring trust in diverse areas. These include promoting trade and investment and ensuring a win-win situation for all neighbouring countries based on India’s accelerated economic growth. In general terms, India gives top priority to its neighbouring countries. It is a common maxim that “good distances make good neighbours”. This is true to some extent, but today we know that establishing good neighbourly relations requires people-to-people contacts and business and political understanding. India has a special responsibility towards its neighbouring countries, as conditions of these neighbouring countries are getting worse now. The unprecedented economic crisis in Sri Lanka has not only changed the power there but has also posed a threat to India. An economic crisis like that in Sri Lanka is also knocking in other neighbouring countries of India, due to which political instability can arise there at any time.

On the other hand, India is continuously treading the path of development. As per the World Bank (WB) report, India is the fastest growing economy in the world. It is no surprise then India can be considered to be the most stable country in the region moving ahead with a fast pace. In terms of its population, territory, GDP, its image as an emerging world economy and a responsible de facto nuclear State, and as a country which is destined to play a larger role on the international arena, and also for several other reasons, India stands apart. Having said that, it cannot be gainsaid that the genesis of our neighbouring countries’ problems is rooted in the divisive policies of China. Besides Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives and Laos,  there are many other countries of South East Asia such as Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Laos, Thailand, East Timor, Taiwan, Vietnam, etc, which have many problems with China. Owing to its expansionist ambition, China wants to establish its hegemony over the territories of these countries, which all these countries are opposing. Today, this is the reason that the member countries of ASEAN have started raising their voice against the expansionist policies of China. And now under the incumbent government, such conditions are being created in India, under which we are not only getting acquainted with our Sanatan culture, but the whole world is now looking towards the great Sanatan culture of India with hope and realisation that the solution of global problems is possible only under the leadership of India.

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