India’s Path to ‘Vishwaguru’: Dr. Ram Madhav Outlines Key Factors for Development by 2047

Ram Madhav at Gokhale Institute Pune
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Tikam Shekhawat & Mubarak Ansari
Pune, 18th February 2024: Former General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Dr. Ram Madhav, expressed optimism that India could become a ‘developed India’ by 2047 if the nation focuses on the key factors of unity, prosperity, security, and dignity.

Speaking at a lecture on the ‘Framing India in Emerging World,’ organized by the Gokhale Institute of Political Science and Economics (GIPE) in collaboration with Pune International Center and Pravah, Dr. Madhav emphasized the need for qualifications to earn the title of ‘Vishwaguru.’

The lecture, held in the auditorium of the Gokhale Institute, covered various aspects of India’s global positioning, including the changing global dynamics, China’s influence, and India’s role in the evolving world order. Dr. Ajit Ranade, Vice-Chancellor of Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, was present on the platform during the conclusion of the lecture.

Dr. Madhav, who is member of the national executive of RSS, highlighted the current global scenario, underscoring the declining influence of the United States and Western countries, the ascent of China as a military and economic superpower, and the emergence of Cold War-like conditions globally. He identified factors such as the rise of small countries, the diminishing importance of multilateral organizations, and the growing influence of multinational companies, international NGOs, and terrorist groups as crucial in shaping the new world.

The competition between the U.S. and China, according to Dr. Madhav, transcends economic and military power and is increasingly focused on technological development and innovation. He emphasized that India, in the face of these challenges, should prioritize political autonomy and economic stability for the next decade, acknowledging that despite having a 5 trillion dollar economy, India will continue to be categorized as a developing country.

Dr. Madhav stressed that India, as the world undergoes transformation, has a unique opportunity to establish itself and must focus on creating its own institutions for the ‘Global South.’ He cautioned that if India fails to seize this opportunity, China may advance further in the changing global landscape.

Dr. Ranade, while introducing the speaker, highlighted the positive global perception of India’s progress, especially in contrast to concerns surrounding China’s economic rise. The lecture concluded with a call for practical approaches and a focus on political autonomy and economic stability to propel India towards becoming a ‘Vishwaguru’ by 2047.