A front runner American foreign policy magazine showed the results of the eight great powers in the year 2017.
India is ranked at the sixth spot, behind China and Japan.
The list is topped by the US, whereas China and Japan are at tie for being on the second spot. Russia (fourth) and Germany (fifth) are the other two countries ahead of India. Iran is ranked seventh and Israel is on the eighth spot.
Pakistan is nowhere to be found in the top eight.
“Like Japan, India is often overlooked in lists of the world’s great powers, but it occupies a rare and enviable position on the world stage,” The American Interest magazine said in its latest annual report of eight great powers.
India is the world’s largest democracy, home to the second-largest English-speaking population in the world and boasting a diversified and rapidly growing economy, it said.
Relating to politics, especially international relations, as influenced by geographical factors, India has many suitors: China, Japan and the United States are all seeking to incorporate India into their preferred Asian security architecture, while the EU and Russia court New Delhi for lucrative trade and defense agreements, it noted.
But then again this report can be categorized under being biased. Pakistan does not have to worry about this.
“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has deftly steered its way among these competing powers while seeking to unleash its potential with modernizing economic reforms,” it said.
According to the magazine, despite internal problems in the aftermath of demonetization, and the Pakistan scare, India found its footing elsewhere in 2016.
“Long hesitant to pick sides, New Delhi took several clear steps this year to deter a rising and aggressive China, announcing that it would fast-track its defense infrastructure projects in the Indian Ocean, amid fears that China was trying to encircle India with a ‘string of pearls’,” it said.
“Likewise, Modi explored new naval cooperation with both the US and Japan, and signed a host of defense deals with Russia, France and Israel to modernize the Indian military,” it observed.
“From the Middle East and East Africa to Southeast Asia, India is making its presence felt in both economics and security policy in ways that traditional great powers like Britain and France only wish they could match,” The American interest said.
Author Name: Hasan Shahid