Mahatma Gandhi once said ‘I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.’ India’s recent triumph at the major international summits has surely made it the spokesperson nation for the ‘other nations’. India holds an automatically dominant position at the global level currently. And in this scenario the Indian society certainly plays a decisive role.
India has made a telling presence at the recently held G20 and rio meet. The seventh meet of the G-20 heads of government recently held from June 18-19,2012 in Los Cabos, Baja California. It was held at the backdrop of the euro crisis, which witnessed the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh taking the intiative and announcing a $10 billion to the ailing IMF. Soon after this, another BRICS nations made similar announcements, strongly suggesting that India has made the “giant” kill.
Similarly, India’s presentation at the Rio+ Summit held from 20th to 22nd june 2012 at Rio De Janerio Brazil, exactly after 20 years of the first Rio summit (The Earth Summit), India’s concerted efforts to make the world revert to the original ideation of a “common but differentiated responsibilities” is symptomatic of the nations emerging leadership role.
An introspection of our society’s preparedness for entering the new era of globalization them as a leader will give us significant insights. A famous british novelist has quoted “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society.The optimistic invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute”. So our society is nothing but an agglomeration of various individuals which have their bestowal to the society. One connotation of India’s leading role in today’s world reveals the progress and preparedness of the Indian society. It is possible for India to lead only when the Indian society is well acquainted with the global challenges and ways to skillfully resolve them.
“The nature of society is largely determined by the direction in which talent and ambition flow-by the tilt of social landscape”. A quote by the Eric Hoffer deserve special mention here.The Indian society has been prepared to guide the world since the ancient times of Aryabhatta & Kautilya to the recent times of Gandhi and Tagore. Indian society will actually be making a contribution to the global society in the decades to come, it is prefigured by the upsurge in the national mood which is marked by the ambition, optimism and the spirit to accept the challenge of innovation and accomplishment.
Now, all the moves of India at the so called “big international arenas” have become more pragmatic and therefore needs to looked at from the other sides as well. Even though India is assuming a global leadership role, but has the Indian society really came that much forward? Inspite of the big deals at the national and international levels, Indian society still lags far behind in curbing some of the deadly social evils like the honour killing, foeticide, infanticide etc. In reality, its difficult for a society which has been suppressed for more than two centuries to suddenely fly out with colors. Moreover, the income gaps have widened much after the independence, with a consequence of rich becoming richer and the already poor are becoming even poorer. The rabid issues of poverty, mass scale hunger, unemployement, malnourishment,illiteracy, ignorance have engrossed the Indian society, thus making it more vulnerable if faced with global competitors at all levels.
However, a titanic struggle lies ahead for the country, vast sections of which are moving at various speeds, but despite a plethora of negative sentiments, India’s current economic dynamism has been acknowledged as one of the factors of global growth even as recession has affected large parts of the world. Even barrack obama had once said: “When India speaks, the world listens”.
A holistic development at the national level is thus essential for India to capture a coveted place in the international arena. With Various government initiatives for economic and social development coupled with promotion of research and development, Indian society will be all prepared to embrace the global challenges and once again prove itself as a “world guru”.