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On the path to become the Modern day Vishwa Guru.

From requesting penicillin from Canada in 1947 to supplying Covid-19 Vaccine to more than 70 countries in 2021, our mother India has come a long way on its path of development & its dream of becoming the vishwa guru.

India’s vaccine diplomacy programme which is named as “Vaccine Maitri” has already taken off even before the global organizations like WHO could get their global vaccination programme on track. Even during the initial months of pandemic, India provided many countries with hydroxychloroquine & paracetamol and sent PPE kits and other medical equipments to nearly 100 countries. Thus, it is no wrong to say that even from the start our mother land was ready to serve others also.

Not only the world organizations like UN & WHO but also the member nations of ‘Quad’ such as USA have also acknowledged the Indian dominance in the field of vaccine production & called the India’s production power to be the savior of this world.

What’s the inside story behind the production?

From the month of march in 2020, after WHO declared Covid-19 as a pandemic, not only the fight of every nation against this pandemic started but also a cold war started between the major countries to produce most reliable as well as cheapest vaccine as soon as possible. Also the upcoming picture was pretty clear that the country to produce the cheapest & most reliable vaccine will lead the fight of the world against this pandemic and will eventually grow as a superpower. 

India’s path to success:-

India never did hurry for the production of the vaccine, rather our government very carefully examined the correct procedure required for its storage & transportation also in the meantime large chain of cold storages were established throughout the country to ensure it’s safe & secure transportation as well as usage. 

16th January 2021 was the day, when the world’s largest vaccination drive started in our country and now the eyes of whole world rested on India to lead this fight against Covid-19. 

Even before the outbreak of this pandemic in 2020, the vaccine producing capacity of India was already very high. It should be noted that every 3rd Vaccine used in this world was produced by Serum institute of India having its headquarters at Pune. Thus, on contrary to EU’s decision for nationalization of its vaccine India headed towards the path of Internationalization of its ‘Made in India’ Vaccine.

India’s Policy of ‘Vasudhev Kutumbakam’ :-

While making the announcement of two Made in India Vaccines, our honourable prime minister gave the mantra of ‘Sarve santu niramaya’ (which derives its origin from Rigveda) which means ‘May all be free from diseases’. This was the first hint which proved that our country will supply vaccine to all those countries who need it urgently. 

Working precisely on our belief of ‘Vasudhev kutumbakam’ and thus treating the whole world as a single family, 20th January 2021 was the day when first shift of ‘Made In India’ vaccine was despatched to some of our neighbors like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar, and Seychelles that too Under grant Assistance. This marked the beginning of an era which was going to be totally dominated by India’s Vaccine diplomacy. During the upcoming days Vaccines were also dispatched to many countries of Asia, Africa, South America as well as Europe. 

If the world managed to conquer COVID-19, “it would be significant because of India’s tremendous pharmaceutical capacity, and Prime Minister Modi’s leadership in sharing this capacity with the world”. 

These words of appreciation by Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau are more than enough to determine the amount of respect & support our country and its leadership is getting from some of the world’s most developed nations.

Vaccine Diplomacy Battle in Asia:-

In the middle of 2020, while the whole world was busy fighting the pandemic, its epicenter China became more or less free & started the production of its vaccine. But it thoroughly failed to win confidence of major countries of the world as its pharmaceutical companies refused to share its details. On the other hand, while tackling 90,000 to 1,00,000 cases per day our country rapidly progressed on the path of mass production of vaccine along with 100% transparency in its production procedure and this made India defeat its arch rival china in this race of Vaccine production as well as diplomacy. 

By supplying made in india vaccine to most of the south Asian countries, India made a bold statement that now it has developed that potential to lead Asia from front. The real battle between India and China was to supply vaccines to different countries as cheaply as possible which in return would grant their support in different world organizations and also would benefit their trade & traders. 

India’s production capacity is so fast that till now it has supplied more than 58 million doses of ‘Made in India’ vaccine which is approximately 3 times of what china has supplied. India is working progressively on its policy of “Act East”  as in case of Myanmar which holds a very strategically important position both with respect to India & china was immediately granted with supply of 1.7 million doses from India before china could full-fill it’s long lasting promise of supplying 3,00,000 doses. 

Dominance in south asia is a matter of great concern as it is home to nearly 25% of world’s population & also home to many developing countries, a close tie with whom can serve as a great marketplace for our made in india products & it can eventually boost our economy.

India’s emergence as a Superpower :-

Along with south asian countries India also supplied vaccines to Canada, South American, Caribbean, Gulf as well as African countries. When the whole world was busy fighting this pandemic & merely someone gave importance to poor african countries, It was India which stood firmly and helped many of those poor African nations by supplying them made in india vaccine.

Supply of indigenous vaccine to african countries can help india in setting up close ties with African Subcontinent which is home to enormous amount of poor population where India can establish large amount of developmental schemes & also gather huge amount of support in world organizations through this subcontinent. 

India providing vaccine to Caribbean & South American nations is a big diplomatic move as it has challenged the long ranging USA’s dominance in that area. Brazil’s president thanking India for ‘Sanjeevni booti’ along with a picture of ‘Lord Hanuman’ carrying a mountain of booti itself describes the amount of love & respect our country has earned through this vaccine diplomacy. It should be noted that Brazil is home to enormous amount of natural resources & it’s close ally with India can help us revitalize our industries.

Last but not the least, World’s biggest source of petroleum & energy, the gulf countries like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait were also provided with made in india vaccine. Close relations with these gulf countries can help India solve its problem of petroleum products as Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s largest oil producing nation & it plays a major role in deciding the crude oil prices in worldwide market whereas India is one of the biggest consumer of Petroleum products. 

Also, one of the major reasons behind India’s vaccine diplomacy could be its hope to get a permanent membership in the United Nation’s security council which will officially declare India’s dominance in the post covid world.

In the end it should be taken into account that now its not the old India that stands on the doors of IMF & World bank to get itself some financial aid or the India which needs the support of USA or Russia. This is the new India which stands firmly on its feet & is headed strongly on the path to become the Vishwa Guru.

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