I2U2 is a welcome alliance of 4 countries
Since 2014, there have been transformative changes in India’s foreign policy. The manner and chemistry of the changes introduced since then in the foreign policy architecture bear the unmistakable mark of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Since 2019, a similar dynamic in terms of essential political changes is also observed in the economic sphere, and again, judging by the content of the ongoing changes, the identity of the driver is clear. In the person of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharamam, the Prime Minister has chosen two individuals who are skillfully delivering transformative change. The nation looks forward to a lower rate system and easier tax compliance in the years to come. Those entrenched in traditional methods fail to take into account that lower tax rates translate into higher overall revenue. All they focus on is the income per unit being taxed, and even that is lower than it would be if lower rates were taxed. Evidence suggests that the phenomenon known as “fiscal terrorism” which was particularly prevalent during the UPA period has been greatly reduced, especially during Modi 2.0. More and more taxpayers summoned to meet the tax inspectors leave with the satisfaction of having been treated fairly. The problem in India has always been more with the implementation of the policy than with its design, because that is where the problem lies. Nowadays, taking into account the triage of undesirables that has taken place since 2014, there is still less than 15% of the total number of public servants who work not for the public but for personal good. This percentage is falling due to the widespread use of transparent online reporting and assessment systems since 2014, as well as much more active scrutiny of civil servants suspected of not living up to their public service oath. Despite the shocks administered to the economy by Covid-19 and subsequent US-UK sanctions on Russia, growth in India has not entered negative territory as it has in a growing number of countries that extend the Russia-Ukraine agreement the war by flooding this country with ammunition when analysts in these countries were aware that defeating the Russian army is too high a peak for the Ukrainian army. After a while, Vladimir Putin might come to the conclusion that after all the punishment his country has suffered, it may be useful to go beyond the limited goals of the “Special Military Operation” and ensure what Russia’s Baltic flank is improving. safe from encroachment by those who are clearly enemies of the country.
Fortunately, not all Biden administration officials are dinosaurs who remain chained to the Cold War 1.0 period (1946-91). Otherwise, the US President might not have given his consent to the I2U2 alliance involving India, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Israel. This time around, 21st century minds in the Biden administration prevented the White House from pushing for the inclusion of any country in Europe (like one that had a large list of colonies in the past) in the group. I2U2 but only itself and three countries in the region. Safety is the common thread that runs through the build, although the presumed benefit of avoiding mentioning related issues is nil. The PRC works tirelessly to harass and sabotage the Quad (which, in the opinion of some of its top policy makers, has no affinity with the military of the countries concerned but with local units of the Salvation Army ) even though defense and security issues are never publicly discussed by the Quad. Technology is at the heart of national resilience, and in such a context, bringing together four important countries will create a stronger network of cooperative efforts between them. Whether in the Quad or in I2U2, special attention should be paid to the ease of movement between them, so that greater person-to-person connection takes place. After the successful launch of I2U2 during the virtual summit of the leaders of India, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Israel, attention should be paid to the establishment of a four-country pairing at the east of India. Such a group could include India, the United States, Japan, and an ASEAN member such as Vietnam or Indonesia in case Vietnam is wary of the PRC’s reaction to joining a group. including the United States. Under Prime Minister Modi, an architecture of alliances is developing in a world that is no longer unipolar. Such alliances will include countries opposed to any other country seeking to make unipolar again by being the dominant player. Preventing such a repeat of history is at the heart of India’s interests.