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Manvendra Singh Blog - DSA's Editor-in-Chief

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Entering its second decade of being India's premier technology showpiece, Aero India has also emerged as the largest show of its kind in Asia. Not that India is the largest aviation market, or aero technology provider, or even an aircraft production giant. None of these apply to India, as yet anyway. Despite all these factors missing, India has succeeded in pushing Aero India to the top of the blocks of aviation shows. The numbers are not staggering as yet, but they're nevertheless impressive. At the last edition of the biennial event more than 100,000 people attended. Good figure for a specialised technology intensive event. But not enough given the scale of India's potential and emerging manpower talents.

 

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The single, undeniable, underlined and enduring, message from the 2014 General Election is that of change. All other factors can be debated endlessly. But the fact that the country wanted change, in enormous numbers, is incontestable. That message of change must now be taken to its logical end, in every direction and department of government. It is the yearning of the citizenry of India and has been repeated in every state election since the momentous General Election of 2014. So it is only appropriate that the message of change be absorbed by the government and be reflected in its actions and decisions.

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By all accounts Prime Minister Narendra Modi had an extremely successful G20 summit. His bilaterals with leaders of the world top twenty went well, to say the least. India’s positions, policies and priorities, seem to have been accorded greater attention than in the past. The world acknowledged that India had changed, is continuing to change and was investing greater effort and energy in that change underway. The new Indian wants to be a part of that change, for it is based on a conviction that insularity and isolationism are no longer sustainable in this century. India wants to be a part of the change that is underway regionally and globally.

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India’s Northeast is its road to greater prosperity and as a corollary to greatness. Although its formal trade and remittances from countries to its west far outrun those in the east but it is through the jungles and their myriad dialects that India will grow as a people and as a country. While the countries in the west have vast reservoirs of fossil fuels and sustain a huge diaspora that remits billions, economic dynamism is in the east. Countries of western Asia attract labour and some skilled personnel, but it is all enterprise in the east. Little wonder that when economists worldwide speak about an Asian century they mean a specific geographical part of the continent. Not the whole of Asia for sure. There are reasons for that as western Asia continues to remain mired in millennial conflicts. And the east seems to be looking ahead through the prism of trade, not terror.

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Editor-in-Chief View on INDO-US Strategic Partnership

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues his busy foreign policy season. Since assuming office in end May he has pretty much covered the regional matrix of relationships. Having invited the neighbours for his oath taking ceremony, he then cast the charm net wider across Asia. His efforts have taken in Japan, Australia and the latest being China. While Japan and Australia are expected allies, owing to existing common interests, China was a welcome departure from the script. By all accounts the visit of President Xi Jinping has taken Sino-Indian ties to a new level of confidence. It was the culmination of a busy Asia diplomatic season, so to say. But all of those visits pale in comparison to what is expected from the longer journey to the United States of America.

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