India’s role in world affairs

03/10/2012

India is at present the second largest country in the world with every sixth person in the world being an Indian.In the next 10-15 years India will be the largest country with over 20% of the world i.e every fifth person in the world will be an Indian. At present India’s contribution to the world GDP is about 6-7%,being the third largest economy in the world. In the next 10-15 years,India’s share in the world GDP may go upto 10-12%, though it may continue to be the third largest economy. In this position,India should not contiue to take the stand that it does not want to interfere in the internal affirs of other counries. It should take active interest and major role in ensuring peace in the world and in helping poor countries not with materials but by giving consultation, technology, and if necessary loans.In particular, in consultation and cooperation with large countries like China,USA,Indonesia, Brazil etc India should strive for:

i.dissuading counries like Iran, Israel and North Korea to give up plans even for developing nuclear technology even for peaceful purposes,as this is the first step in the efforts for nuclear weapons

ii.persuading countries to take full responsibility for dismantling terror outfits and eliminating terror from the world. Terrorism has been one of the causes for world economic recession, as a lot of manpower is wasted in trying to preven terrorist activities

iii. being the largest country,it has to take responsibity to contribute to the health of the world population. towards this,India has to spend more, on medical research and spend more on establishing super speciality hospitals,so that small countries which cannot afford to establish the same can utulise the facilities in India

iv.India should increase its food production by 200-300% so that countries affected by natural calamities like floods, drought, earth quakes etc. can be assisted.

v.India should take initiative in brokering peace between warring countries or groups of coutries

vi.India should be the one which tables a large number of resolutions in UN organs like General Assembly, Security Council, specialised agencies etc.(It is taken for granted that by that time India would be a permanent member of the UN)

vii.India should spend much more on and expand its aciviies in the space, nuclear, ocean,heavy materials, renewable sources of energy, nano and emerging sciences as small countries will not be able to spend manpower and money on large projects and allow other countries to benefit from its activities in these spheres.

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Disaster prevention and management

18/10/2009

Natural disasters like cyclones, floods and droughts are almost  a regular phenomenon in one part or the other in India.  Recently, there had been a few earthquakes also. Cyclones, floods and drought have led to huge losses of lives (human and animal), properties and agricultural crops.

A division in the Central Home Ministry handles matters relating to disasters. Considering the magnitude of loss of lives, properties and crops, this arrangement is not satisfactory.  Disaster prevention and management should be included in the concurrent list of the 7th schedule to the Constitution of India and separate  Ministries for Disaster Prevention and Management should be created at the centre and state governments. These Ministries among others should on a continuous basis be engaged in

  • Digging canals and taking river water to lakes; digging new lakes; deepeing existing lakes. Water from the river should be taken in  canals to lakes as far as possible
  • Strengthening the banks of the river, constructing walls on the banks
  • Constructing sea walls near the coast to prevent water from sea waves entering the nearby dwellings
  • Conducting research on increasing the recharge of  ground water
  • Establishing research and development centres for designing of houses which can withstand earthquakes

These Ministries should also be in charge of relief and rehabilitation of  people affected by disasters- both natural and man-made.