Geography:Economic and geopolitics in India
Geography:Economic and geopolitics in India
Thearticle “Modi scoring with soft power diplomacy” was written byVisakha Patnam and published in the Times of India on February 1,2015. The main themes addressed in the article include economy andgeopolitics. Patnam presents a general argument that the PrimeMinister of India, Modi Narendra has recently been using the softdiplomacy approach to strengthen the position of India in Asia andother regions in the world. The used of soft diplomacy has both thepolitical as well as economic implications. Patnam states that Modihas been making efforts to let other countries understand what thenation of India accepts to be right while making all leaders in theneighboring countries feel united. For example, Modi informed theU.S. that India will cooperate with is, but it will not abandonRussia, just because Russia is not in good terms with U.S. and otherwestern countries.
Thearticle “Places India in a leading role: PM Modi to top Indiandiplomats” was written by Sachin Parashar and published in theTimes of India on February 7, 2015. The main theme addressed in thearticle is geopolitics. Parashar argues that the prime minister ofIndia has been using diplomats representing India in differentnations to enhance the image of India in Asia and other nations. Theprime minister has ordered diplomats to ensure that India gets aleading role in the globe, instead of being seen as a balancingforce. Parashar holds that the present world has given India lessthan its deserved share of opportunities. However, Parashar statesthat the would is willing to embrace India, but this will only beachieved if Indian diplomats play a critical role of counteringperceived threats of India being a threat to global peace.
Thearticle “Entrepreneurship can up India’s global economic growthranking” was written by Hub Balli and published in the Times ofIndia on March 28, 2015. Economic growth is the main theme that Balliaddress in the article. Balli argues that the current 136 globalposition that India holds in terms of economic growth rate issufficient. India has the capacity to improve its growth rate byconverting the current idle labor into a productive workforce. Thismeans that the unemployed Indians should be encouraged to engage inbusinesses instead to waiting to be employed. Althoughentrepreneurship is an effective approach that will boost India’seconomic growth in the long-run, it will require heavy investment ineducation and infrastructure. Education should also focus onenhancing the innovativeness of students.
Thearticle “Terror and talks cannot go together, BJP on Pakistan”was written by Benga Luru and published in the Times of India onApril 3, 2015. The article addresses the theme of geopolitics, whereLuru argues that India’s relationship with other countries in theregion should be based on effective foreign policy. Giving an exampleof Pakistan, Luru suggests that the insecurity in Pakistan should beaddressed through dialogue, foreign policy that demonstrate dignity,respect for shared culture, and prosperity. Luru accuses the previousgovernments for failing to formulate foreign policies that could helpIndia improve its political position in Asia. The current governmentaims at establishing relations with regional countries on the basisof friendly and peaceful interactions. This will boost India’spolitical position in the region by making it appear as the leadingpeace maker.
Thearticle “Modi proves critics wrong on foreign policy” was writtenby Tarun Vijay. The article was then published in the Indian Times onApril 15, 2015. The primary theme of the article is geopolitics whereVijay argues that the main leadership policy that the new governmentof Idea is using is based on good relationship with the neighboringcountries. Vijay gives an example of foreign policy that the newgovernment is using to with the trust of the neighboring nations. Forexample, the new government is using the “East Act” legislationto establish relations among the Indian Ocean countries and connectthem with distant lands, including the United States. Vijay reportedthat Indian policy have served the needs of national strategy anddemocratic policy for the first time in history.
Thearticle “BJP lauds Modi’s foreign outreach policy” was writtenby Benga Luru and published in the Times of India on April 4, 2015.The main themes that authors advances include economic geopolitics,which has been achieved by analyzing the policies that the currentprime minister of India has put in place to improve the image as wellas the strength of India in the region. Luru states that theincumbent government has succeeded in aligning its innovative andpro-active policies with the main objective of the government, whichis to accelerate the growth rate of the national economy. This is inline with India’s long term objective of becoming one of thelargest democracies in the world. After achieving this long-termobjective, India will serve as an example of democratic leadershipand economic development in Asia and in the world.
Part2: Recent issues and the process of globalization in India
Themedia illustrates India as one of the countries that are globalizingtheir economy and politics at the highest rates. However, aggressivemeasures to globalize India by linking its economy and politicalpolicies with other nations started after recent elections that gaveModi, the prime minister, an opportunity to bring a new leadership(Luru, 2015). Diplomacy is one of the key tools that the newgovernment is using to strengthen its relations with the neighboringas well as the distance countries. For example, decision taken by thegovernment to enlighten Indian diplomats on the effectiveness of softpower diplomacy was intended to help all countries that trade withIndia feel united (Patnam, 2015). The diplomats appointed by the newgovernment are sent in foreign lands to represent and reflect acompletely new face of India at global level.
Thedecision made by the government of India to change its foreign policyto s soft one is based on the perception that the world has manyopportunities, but ineffective policies put a glass ceiling forIndia. Therefore, the change of policies and opening up newopportunities for India to interact and trade with the rest of theworld has contributed towards the growth of domestic economy(Parashar, 2015). Apart from the use of foreign policies to open upIndia to the world market, the new government is using theinternational organizations to facilitate its interaction with othernations. For example, Modi, the prime minister has been in constantinteraction with the World Bank and IMF, which are reliableorganizations that can finance India’s policies (Vijay, 2015).Linking India’s economy and the political system to theinternational community is an effective approach that will facilitateglobalization of the national economy.
Thedesire of the Indian government to make India one of the leadingdemocracies in the world is illustrated in the media through theefforts that it is applying to empower the citizens. One of theapproaches that have been effectively used to empower the localcommunities is to entrench the culture of entrepreneurship. Byencouraging people to start up business, the government will addressthe issue of unemployment sufficiently and prepare Indians to takeopportunities that the enhanced international relations will bring ontheir ways (Balli, 2015). In addition, entrepreneurship is effectivetool that will help India achieve its long-term strategy of becomingone of the world largest economies. The key pillars that will leadtowards the realization of this goal include democratic leadershipand sustainable economic growth. The media has played a major role indepicting the new government of India as a key solution to Indianeconomic challenges that has hindered its capacity to exploitopportunities that are available in the neighboring countries.
Inconclusion, the media (including the Times of India News paper) haveexemplified India as a country that has a great hope of establishinginternational relations with its neighbors and distant countries. Thenew government has given India a new outlook in the face of world.This has been achieved through the formulation of new foreignpolicies that seeks to show the world the core values that Indiaupholds and helps them feel accepted whenever they are transactingwith India. Moreover, the government has been empowering the localcommunity with the objective of preparing them to grasp opportunitiesthat globalizing with bring.
Balli,H. (2015, March 28). Entrepreneurship can up India’s globaleconomic growth rankling. TheTimes of India.Retrieved April 24, 2015, fromhttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hubballi/Entrepreneurship-can-up-Indias-global-economic-growth-ranking/articleshow/46723761.cms
Luru,B. (2015, April 3). Terror and talks cannot go together, BJP onPakistan. TheTimes of India.Retrieved April 24, 2015, fromhttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Terror-and-talks-cannot-go-together-BJP-on-Pakistan/articleshow/46796919.cms
Luru,B. (2015, April 4). BJP lauds Modi’s foreign policy outreachpolicy. TheTimes of India.Retrieved April 24, 2015, fromhttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/BJP-lauds-Modis-foreign-outreach-policy/articleshow/46801422.cms
Parashar,S. (2015, February 7). Place India in a leading role: PM Modi to topIndian diplomats. TheTimes of India.Retrieved April 24, 2015, fromhttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Place-India-in-a-leading-role-PM-Modi-to-top-Indian-diplomats/articleshow/46157192.cms
Patnam,V. (2015, February 1). Modi scoring with soft power diplomacy. TheTimes of India.Retrieved April 24, 2015, fromhttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/visakhapatnam/Modi-scoring-with-soft-power-diplomacy/articleshow/46085005.cms
Vijay,T. (2015, April 15). Modi proves critics wrong on foreign policy:Tarun Vijay. TheTimes of India.Retrieved April 24, 2015, fromhttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Modi-proves-critics-wrong-on-foreign-policy-Tarun-Vijay/articleshow/46928537.cms