At the end of Corona World War or the 'Third World War' as some are referring it as, India may emerge much stronger a nation on the world stage. The way nation is getting on the war footing to deal with the disease on all fronts, it might mobilise it’s sick manufacturing industry. “Necessity is the mother of invention,” they say. And necessity has risen to produce ventilators, masks, PPE, sanitisers and so many other items, it seems the sleeping giant has woken up.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is involved in producing all these necessities. Automobile industry is going to produce ventilators. Government is also also taking manufacturing seriously. Creating a manufacturing hub Is the road to success. This was the route followed by today’s economic giants. The two world wars have shown that necessity and crisis drive advancement in technology and science, which not only produce weapons of war but also other herald other inventions which are measure of human growth and progress.
Look beyond the WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction), whether it was communications, transportation, space sojourn, medicines, architecture, construction, Internet connections — all this have been born through the womb of crisis and necessity. Treaty of Versailles in 1918, after First World War, created necessity for Germany to create a military power to avenge humiliation. Siege of Stalingrad and Pearl Harbour attack during World War two, geared up USA and Russia to make tremendous productions in all spheres.
At the end of the Second World War, USA and Russia emerged as the two super powers of the world. Though Germany, Japan, Britain, France and Italy had suffered major reverses but they quickly rise to be economic powers of the world. It is because the war only destroyed their physical assets but did not destroy the Knowledge industry — which was created to deal with the war.
Corona war has provided similar opportunities to India. China recognised this and this is why it is making friendly gestures. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made right moves on the world stage . His leadership qualities are being appreciated world over. No less than World Health Organisation (WHO) Chief has hailed his leadership. Today, he is recognised as the first among the big four leaders of the 21 st Century world. Other three are Donald Trump of USA; Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China.
While Indian PM now stands at world’s highest pedestal, it has to be supported by military, economical, technological and manufacturing power. Time for India to make big inroads into manufacturing field from medicines, scientific instruments, telecommunications, transportation and military equipment. Revitalise its research and development — perk up DRDO — energise it’s space research and Laser technology. India is the future world power.
Yes, while India goes for research mode to deal with Corona, there is no need to do fire fighting by buying equipment and medicines from Outside. So what, if Corona causes more agony, pain and deaths. But India must find its own solution. Sacrifice is the principle to achieve greatness. Borrowed sunshine, however pleasant it might seem. does not make moon sun’s peer. Now is the time to take phenomenal strides. Go Indo, Go for it. To achieve something ; you have to lose something. Fret not the frightening alarms. It is now or never.
Colonel Rajinder Kushwaha is an ex-NDA, commissioned into the 3 Bihar Regiment in June 1971 and was the Commanding Officer of same unit in insurgency environs in Assam between 1990-93. Has vast experience in CI Ops from North East to Punjab and J&K and has held distinct appointments. He is a prolific writer-cum-critic on defence and security matters and a regular contributor at the renowned 'Fauji India' magazine. He has authored the book, 'Kashmir: A Different Perspective.' His second book on Assam, 'The ULFA Insurgency' was published in April 2018. His third book of short stories, 'Life in My Times,' containing tit bits on militancy and terrorism, is scheduled for release in March 2020. You may read Col. Kushwaha's further work at: https://faujiindia.in