India emerged as a strong world power but still has a long way to go: American experts 

Jammu: Youngsters wave the national flag ahead of India's Independence Day, in Jammu on Saturday. PTI Photo(PTI8_12_2017_000069B)

Vastavam web: As India celebrated its 70th Independence Day, the country has emerged as a strong world power but still has “a long way to go”, top American experts feel.Amid a debate on whether India has ‘succeeded or failed’, Alyssa Ayers, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia at top American think-tank Council on Foreign Relations, said India’s economy has given it “greater global heft, and is powering the expansion and modernisation of the country s military capabilities.” In an article posted on Forbes website, Ayers said, “But at the same time, over the past decade India has become a much larger factor in foreign and international economic policy around the world.

“So, India at 70: still much to do at home to fulfil the aspirations of India s constitution and the promise of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity that it resolves to secure for all its citizens.Ayers noted that a more vocal India is emerging on the world stage, one that sees itself as a “leading power” and seeks to fulfil that ambition.”Despite the pain of the currency ban and the deep institutional obstacles his government faces, Prime Minister Modi has retained his popular support. He will need all that political capital and more to enact the radical changes he has envisioned,” Lodge wrote.

Milan Vaishnav, a senior fellow in the South Asia Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told Cipher Brief that one of the best ways to characterise the current Indian government is that it is pro-business but not necessarily pro-market.According to Sarah Watson, Associate Fellow in the Wadhwani Chair for US-India Policy Studies at The Center for Strategic and International Studies, India under Prime Minister Modi is trying to execute two highly ambitious programs: modernising its military and increasing the relative weight of domestic military production.