We bring you 10 things that have helped India emerge onto the global map
1. Indians are progressing in every field, both in India and globally. Indians have done well as doctors, scientists, specialised scientists, researchers, diplomats, technologists and thinkers.
2. India has always been sensitive towards environmental problems and has made conscious efforts to use inexhaustible sources of energy. In July 2009, India unveiled a $19 billion plan to produce 20 gigawatts (GW) of solar power by 2020. Under the plan, solar-powered equipment and applications would be made mandatory in all government buildings including hospitals and hotels. In November 2009, it was reported that India was ready to launch its Solar Mission under the National Action Plan on Climate Change, with plans to generate 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power by 2013. Some large projects have been proposed and a 35,000km area of the Thar Desert has been set aside for solar power projects, sufficient to generate 700 to 2,100GW. India is also the world's fourth largest user of wind power and the ninth largest generator of solar thermal power. By 2022, India will have installed 20 million solar lights, which will save 1 billion litres of kerosene each year.
3. India has a flourishing and largely indigenous nuclear power programme and expects to have 20,000MW of nuclear capacity by 2020 and 63,000MW by 2032. It aims to supply 25% of its electricity using nuclear power by 2050.
4. Business and entrepreneurship have brought India global acclaim. The TATA Group, State Bank of India and Infosys Technologies are among 17 Indian firms that figure among the top 50 in the list of the world’s 200 most reputed companies in the world. The Reliance Group of Companies has the maximum number of shareholders in the world.
5. India is the largest democracy in the world and has successfully maintained this position. India thus serves as role model for how a democratic government can serve a nation and its citizens.
6. Armed forces play a vital role in the security of any country and India has the third largest army in the world with 11 lac army personnel. The United Nations (UN) has sent many troops of the Indian army for its peacekeeping operations in various conflict areas. On these missions, the Indian army has successfully played the role of peacemaker.
7. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been working successfully to bring India recognition in the field of space technology. ISRO has built and launched several communication satellites and ISRO's Chandrayaan mission found water deposits on the moon, giving a new dimension to lunar studies.
8. India is now a tourism hub with its diversity of cultural options for foreign tourists. Today, India is also seeing a growth in eco-tourism and medical tourism.
9. India recently enacted the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, which guarantees education to children between the age of 6 and 14 years. This has been a major step towards ensuring that the future generation of Indians has access to all the benefits that India's development can provide.
10. And last but not the least, are the continuous efforts and projects of people like Nandan Nilekani and the new Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) project, Ratan Tata and the world’s least expensive car - the Nano, scientists like Dr Anil Kakodkar and Dr G Madhavan Nair, who have forged ahead in the field of nuclear and space technology, and various musicians, sportspeople, entrepreneurs and even our very own dabbawallas, who have made it to the curriculum of the Harvard Business School and have also been given a Six Sigma rating (indicating less than 3.4 errors per million items carried) by Forbes Magazine, that make us proud to be Indian.