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Hating China and Disrespecting India as a Superpower! India's General Election Begins, China Is "Lying Down" Passively

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In India's election year, Modi used the slogan of "dealing with China" in an attempt to win the hearts and minds of the people and win re-election. But the root cause of this is India's struggling domestic situation, which has to target China in order to deflect contradictions and cover up its ineffective governance. Let's turn the spotlight back to India itself and analyze the predicament of this world-renowned power.

Hating China and Disrespecting India as a Superpower! India's General Election Begins, China Is "Lying Down" Passively

Can Modi's "dealing with China" be fulfilled?

"India will be a bridge between East and West, Pakistan has nothing to fear, and India will go all out to deal with China. This is the latest slogan of Modi's team in an election year. With the output rhetoric of "dealing with China", Modi is likely to win votes again and defend his re-election.

However, the reality is that India's attempt to "deal with" China is simply nonsense. Objective data shows that the total value of India's imports and exports in 2023 will only be 1.1 trillion US dollars, while China's figure will be as high as 6.3 trillion US dollars in the same period, more than five times that of India.

Hating China and Disrespecting India as a Superpower! India's General Election Begins, China Is "Lying Down" Passively

The gap between the two economies is even greater, not to mention the divide in many other areas. For a large developing country that is still struggling for food and clothing, "dealing with" China, which claims to be the world's second largest economy, is undoubtedly an unsuccessful task.

However, in India's election year, through the hype and agitation, coupled with the low local literacy rate and the lagging development of the Internet, many voters have no way to know the truth. Under this kind of "information silkworm room", they can easily be fooled by Modi's nonsense and demonize China.

And seizing this is Modi's "way of governing the country". They have shifted the contradictions, confused the public, blamed the so-called "China threat" for the mistakes of development, and tried in vain to reverse their own decline and ensure re-election.

Hating China and Disrespecting India as a Superpower! India's General Election Begins, China Is "Lying Down" Passively

How severe is India's livelihood woe?

But from another point of view, the Indian old man has to do this, and the root cause lies in the plight of people's livelihood in their own country.

According to the World Bank, India's per capita GDP was only $2,274 at the end of 2022, far lower than China's $12,556 and even lower than neighboring Bangladesh's $2,724.

Hating China and Disrespecting India as a Superpower! India's General Election Begins, China Is "Lying Down" Passively

In addition to the data, the more brutal living environment reflects the predicament of India's livelihood. For example, the poor health situation, the huge disparity between the rich and the poor, and the poor infrastructure, etc., are all "mountains and rivers" in front of the Indian people.

Inflation has also made things worse for Indians. Data shows that in 2010, the US dollar was worth 43 rupees, and in 2024, the exchange rate has reached 1:83, which means that the purchasing power of ordinary Indians is declining.

Hating China and Disrespecting India as a Superpower! India's General Election Begins, China Is "Lying Down" Passively

In this case, in order to divert the contradictions, the Indian lords have to point the finger at China. As the fallacy of "dealing with China" continues to amplify, the hatred and nationalism of voters have been ignited, which has become a source of legitimacy for those in power.

However, if you look at this practice from a different angle, it is easy to see its absurdity. How can a country with such a low standard of living "deal with" a large country that is developing rapidly?

Hating China and Disrespecting India as a Superpower! India's General Election Begins, China Is "Lying Down" Passively

India, which is mired in the quagmire of economy and people's livelihood, can only abandon populism and xenophobia and concentrate on the right path of poverty alleviation and prosperity, instead of slumping and losing its mind, otherwise it will only fall further and further behind bars.

Hating China and Disrespecting India as a Superpower! India's General Election Begins, China Is "Lying Down" Passively

"External salvation" cannot solve India's difficulties

In the face of internal and external troubles, Indian men have also thought about "seeking external rescue". Unfortunately, on this path, they did not go smoothly.

On the one hand, India's attempts to "collude" with Western countries to contain China have resulted in no real help other than lip service. The United States questioned India's "lack of democratization" and avoided it. The European Union, on the other hand, is troubled by the human rights situation in India and has not taken it seriously.

Hating China and Disrespecting India as a Superpower! India's General Election Begins, China Is "Lying Down" Passively

On the other hand, India also wants to deal with China with Russia's support, but Russia is also unable to fulfill its promises. After all, Russia's support for India is also weakening under the blow of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

With external forces unsustainable, India can only turn its attention to itself again. However, the existing development foundation and domestic environment have left it in a dilemma and embattled.

The lag in the manufacturing sector is the biggest stumbling block to India's development. According to the data, the manufacturing sector accounts for only 16% of India's GDP, far below China's 28%. Looking at the existing industrial pattern in India, it is also dominated by labor-intensive low-end manufacturing, such as sewing machines, papermaking, etc.

Hating China and Disrespecting India as a Superpower! India's General Election Begins, China Is "Lying Down" Passively

Such an industrial structure can hardly support India's modernization process. In contrast, China has a well-developed manufacturing industry, covering the entire industrial chain from textiles to semiconductors, and is constantly innovating and transforming to stay competitive.

Another fatal wound is the lag in the level of education. According to the United Nations, as of 2022, India's adult literacy rate is only 77.7 percent, compared to 97.3 percent in China during the same period. The lag in education has directly dragged down India's human resource level and hindered the development of knowledge-intensive industries.

In terms of the choice between developing manufacturing and modern service industries first, India is caught in the dilemma of "chicken or egg". Its development model is highly controversial, and it is difficult to make a breakthrough in the short term.

Hating China and Disrespecting India as a Superpower! India's General Election Begins, China Is "Lying Down" Passively

In view of this situation, people of insight in the United States cannot help but slander: How can an India, armed to the teeth by religion and populism, gain a voice in the international arena? If India's development model is replicated, it will be a real human disaster.

The way out for India lies in putting down its position and taking a development path suited to its national conditions. Rather than devoting limited resources to China's "discord", it is better to focus on economic construction and improving people's livelihood.

Hating China and Disrespecting India as a Superpower! India's General Election Begins, China Is "Lying Down" Passively

Only by truly resolving the domestic development dilemma and establishing a stable domestic environment can India rise one day. Otherwise, they will continue to struggle in the quagmire of poverty and backwardness. As for the so-called "dealing with China," it may be just wishful thinking.

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