India must emulate China
India needs to do a China. Beijing has successfully converted China into a low cost manufacturing hub of the world. Similarly, New Delhi should rapidly transform India into a low cost, high end R&D centre of the world without neglecting its manufacturing sector.
Fairly ideal demographic conditions exist along with favourable geo-political factors whereby international actors are willing to invest, as well as, set up shop in India. A noticeable trend in the recent Defence Exhibitions - in Delhi and the Asian Aerospace in Singapore - was that mostly ageing executives manned the stalls of the Western countries; reflective of the prevalent demographic profile.
Image: Make like a Snake: Soldiers from a Gurka Regiment undergo training. Reinventing the wheel is not necessarily an answer to the yawning technological gap that exists between the western countries and India. Picture courtesy Indian Defence Review. Any unauthorised reproduction is strictly prohibited.