A group of prominent strategic experts and scholars from the Foundation for National Security Research (FSNR), based in New Delhi, have ranked 27 countries and placed India at the eight position. This kind of study on ‘national power’ is unique and has been performed for the first time. For the purpose of ranking, various aspects such as population, energy security, technological capability etc have been taken into account. The US has been given the number one position, followed by China, with a wide gap between the two nations.
If checked individually, then economic capability has helped India to grab the eight position, whereas India’s military capability has bagged the seventh rank. But in technological capability, as well as energy security level, India stands at a lower rank, which is the 17th and 20th respectively. Also there are certain other fields like military equipment, cyber and space security, doctrinal issues as well as power projection, where India needs to work hard as the rank is quiet low.
But every time such surveys are done in which the rank India receives is better than expected, these studies are under speculation. If India is so powerful with strong military capabilities, then how has China dared to cross the border and set up bunkers 19 km inside Indian Territory?
India would become the most powerful nation in the world when every child will get proper education, when there’s no shortage of clean drinking water, when quality of life will be of the highest standards, when girls will be safe, when girls in rural India will go to school without a fear, when there will be proper sanitation facilities for all, when each person will get three times meal a day, when the number of poor below poverty line would decrease to the minimum, when there will not be any fear and when we will have corruption free politics etc. Though there are many, but once these problems are rectified, then India truly will be the most powerful country in the world. It will be then that there won’t be any objections, but only appreciations for India’s rank at a global level.