India’s Inclusion in the G8

Freed more than half a century ago, India the independent nation began its journey of becoming a successful democratic republic. The dream got realized at different stages, sustaining the ravages of hard, tough times and today, WE, as an independent Nation stand as one of the longest run unhindered democracy in the world. Not just in numbers, but even in achievements and feats established all across these years, the dreams dreamt of long back by the forefathers of the nation have been lived. Today, we have established ourselves as one of the leading countries that substantially influences the world affairs and economy.

But even after being a major contributor to global politics and international issues, India ironically is one of the biggest debtors to the World Bank in its loaning amount. What puts us at a further disadvantage is the fact that the governing bodies at the international level are run by the First World countries who, by the virtue of their powers and their better standing at the international issues, are able to subvert the less powerful voices of the developing nations, and turn them to their own advantage. The amount loaned to us is the heaviest by the World Bank, which presents a parallel problem as the amount to be refunded is also in dollars –the reason being obviously clear!

An example of such a disparity that exists at the supra-national level can be seen from the fact that even after being the fourth largest economy of the world in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), India is not represented in organizations such as the UN or the IMF.

The battle to attain this objective has seen New Delhi push India into getting the permanent membership of those countries with veto power in the UN. But we always have to deal with those countries that already possess this power. It is a classic example of the conservative views held by these so-called liberal countries. Such views do nothing for multicultural nations with multifaceted problems.

In the face of such stark inequalities, it becomes imperative to expand the existing G8 to G11. The inclusion of India and Brazil in the expanded list seems to be a very good suggestion considering the heavy impact these nations have had on world issues.


What is more rewarding is the fact that the inclusion of India in the list represents the face of the masses. As the second most populated country, we represent the plight of millions who have suffered as a result of some very self-centered decisions taken by those in “power”.

Costly wars, inter-nation rivalries, and the disastrous consequences of one-sided politics can be avoided only if the voices of the millions who get affected by such problems are heard.

India as a nation has a strong and replete military force, not to mention the growing nuclear force. Keeping this in mind, no decision regarding issues like poverty, health, terrorism etc must be taken without consulting countries like India. As mentioned before, we have achieved a lot in these sixty years, and that definitely warrants respectful treatment.

Thus, with the dawn of such ideas in the global political arena and most importantly, their being considered seriously, is good news in its own way. If materialized this time, with the added ray of hope as the US government is soon going to witness a political change, we can expect fair treatment to come our way.

And for a change, this time we have the most powerful nation backing such a suggestion. Therefore, miles to be seen and loads to be hoped for this time, comrades!

Arpita Chakraborty

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