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India has announced three new plans it hopes will make electronics manufacturing its number one industry. Law and Justice, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today explained that India’s previous efforts saw it grow its market share of global manufacturing from 1.3 percent in …

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    Maybe but...

    Given the current US anti-China attitudes this might work out well for India but the it's going to require a major shift in Indian anti-muslim political views and economics. This would be a good thing.

    1. pradeepvasudev

      Re: Maybe but...

      Let's see: Wipro is owned by Azim Premji, a muslim, Yusuf Khwaja Hamied owns Cipla (one of indias biggest pharma companies, all the top Bollywood heroes are Muslims (ShahRukh, Salman, Aamir), India's favorite music composer is Muslim (AR Rehman), India's UN representative until he retired was Syed Akbaruddin, India's most popular president in in the last 50 years has been a Muslim (Abdul Kalam) who was also the head of the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

      Muslims have the right to open their own educational institutions, they get subsidies to visit Haj, in many states - the imams are given financial aid by the state government, something that Hindu priests do not get.

      FWIW, India's treatment of its minorities is substantially better than the British or American treatment of blacks and other people of color. Things are just 'whitewashed' better in the West.

      1. Raj

        Re: Maybe but...

        Well said . "Anti-Muslim politics and economics" my foot. I wouldn't have been anywhere as charitable as you were to the troll.

  2. thames

    Following in China's footsteps

    Manufacturers, including Chinese companies, have been setting up in India for a few years now. Labour is getting more expensive in China as standards of living rose, so industries that depend on paying rock-bottom wages have been moving to places like Vietnam and India.

    This is exactly as has been expected by both the Chinese government and economists around the world. China are moving up the value chain and producing goods which have a greater technology and design component to them, rather than just being cheap.

    This in fact is part of the reason behind the current US unhappiness with China. Chinese companies are beginning to be direct competitors to US companies, or even as in the case of Huawei surpass US companies in technology development, meaning that China are no longer just providers of cheap labour.

    Now that India have abandoned socialism they have begun to follow in China's economic footsteps and have been seeing faster economic growth as a result. The same sort of industries that moved from Western countries to China will move from China to India (and Vietnam and elsewhere) in pursuit of the lowest wages. Meanwhile in China they are producing automobiles and aircraft, and Chinese tech providers are among the world's largest.

    India meanwhile have no more intention than China of being anyone's lapdog and also see themselves as a future global power, not as cannon fodder to be used to serve someone else's agenda. Economic predictions suggest that China will surpass the US economically within the next couple of decades, and India will do the same towards the end of the century, pushing the US into third place in the world. The two global superpowers will then be China and India, and the centre of global power will have shifted decisively to Asia, perhaps forever.

    The US will then find out what life is like when you drop from being number one in the world to being an also ran, something that Britain experienced in the middle of the 20th century. I'm not sure the Americans will be able to accept that with as much equanimity as the British did.

    1. Smirnov

      with as much equanimity as the British did

      But they didn't, which is why we have BREXIT.

  3. Daniel von Asmuth

    Follow in the footsteps of the Mahatma

    If homespun cloth is good for India, then perhaps it will also reduce its dependency on foreign semiconductors. Perhaps it's time for Europe to withdraw from Tata Steel.

    1. Raj

      Re: Follow in the footsteps of the Mahatma

      Boo hoo, throwing the toys out of the pram are we ? Europe has a long history of protectionism when it comes to non-tariff barriers against the outside world and state funding of its own entities. When you're done not subsidizing Airbus and the rest, maybe you'll actually sound like you're making some sense. Oh wait, you'll never stop subsidizing them . What you'll do is furiously wave your hands about pretending you don't.

  4. NeilPost Silver badge

    Apple already there and struggling

    Apple are already there but struggling with supply chain.

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