Divide & Grow! How India's diversity has proved to be a game changerJan 26, 2018
" If God had so wished, he could have made all Indians speak one language... the unity of India has been and shall always be a unity in diversity."
Considering India's position as an emerging superpower, the above quote by Rabindranath Tagore holds special relevance. From a nation left in ruins when its colonial masters left, we have moulded ourselves as a powerful nation. It couldn't have been possible if such diversity had not existed in the country, as it is known that a country's economic development largely depends on its natural resources, human capital and technological advancements.
A study by economists Quamrul Ashraf of Williams College and Oded Galor of Brown University on the theme "Cultural Diversity, Geographical Isolation and the Origin of the Wealth of Nations," says, "cultural assimilation and cultural diffusion have played a significant role in giving rise to differential patterns of economic development across the globe." Seventy years after independence, today, India is ranked as the fastest growing major economy in the world as per the Central Statistics Organization (CSO) and International Monetary Fund.
Nowhere in the world one can see a country so rich in culture, language or traditions as India and its diverse economy, culture and social background all have been contributing to its growth. India's newly anointed President Ram Nath Kovind had remarked that a farmer toiling in the blazing sun to feed his country is a nation builder as is a scientist concentrating tirelessly to send an Indian space mission to Mars, or a young person who founds a start-up and becomes a job creator.
Since India has always believed in the policy of tolerance, we have always welcomed other cultures, assimilated and adapted new ideas and they have all helped to build the nation.
But recently, a few incidents of violence in the name of religion have marred the country's international reputation and threatened its social fabric. Now, it is up to the ruling government to rein and deal with an iron hand because India cannot become an intolerant society as it can slow down the economy.
India's achievement in the field of defense, space technology, healthcare has been astounding and commendable. Today, the country is one of four largest military powers in the world and posses the most sophisticated missile programs in the world. Last year, the first indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) in inversion of control (IOC) configuration, was handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF). It is considered to be a game changer in air warfare. We also successfully conducted a test wherein an incoming ballistic missile target was intercepted by an exo-atmospheric interceptor missile off the Bay of Bengal. This is considered to be an important milestone in building its overall capability towards enhanced security against incoming ballistic missile threats.
We already know that India has already created a distinct position for itself in the field of space technology with the launch of Mangalyan in 2013. In 2017, India successfully launched Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) the 714 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 103 co-passenger satellites. It is the 38th consecutively successful mission of the PSLV. Among this 101 were customer satellites from other countries including United States.
In the field of healthcare, India has announced eradication of various epidemics including Polio. When the Zika outbreak shook the world, an Indian company, Bharat Biotech, was the first to fil