India seems from recent instances of commentary on South-China Sea, opposing BRI(Belt and Road Initiative) especially CPEC(china-Pakistan Economic Corridor) a part of Belt and Road Initiative, a pet project of the Chinese president, Xi Jingping, leaning towards West-bloc, taking courageous stand on Doklam Standoff on behalf of Bhutan against China and recently Ladakh standoff indicates that India is deeply concerned about the intentions of China and it’s sinister plans. Most of the actions of China in the region may link to the concept of String of Pearls or the containment of India. As India is a Democracy and China is ruled by a Communist regime reflects that the thought process of leaders from both countries arguably contrast each other and it is evident from the stand of both countries on different international issues. India, which always focuses on international peace and prosperity while China is involved in most international cases of disruption and unlawfulness, recently dismissing the verdict of International Court of Justice on South-China Sea is one such example, while India is still following the compromised Indus-Water Treaty just to respect the international laws. Both countries aspiration to become global super power also hinder the prospectus of amity between them.India, a developing nation like China, both are economic giants still India is miles behind China in economic progress. This economic gap also has a role in the behaviour of both nations towards each other as China thought herself superior and shows it through attracting India`s neighbours in her plans and by making huge investments, these investments from China are nothing more than debt-traps which are trapping countries like Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Mynnaar and Nepal are in the line to fall in debt-traps of China, while India also makes investments but there is difference in scale as there is difference in economy. All these actions and intentions of Communist China are forcing Democratic India to consider counter strategies.
Tracking India`s behaviour from the independence, which it got in 1947, shows that India follows concept of Thirsty Digging the Well, it means taking actions only when problems become worst even knowing initially about the consequences, for examples, the liberalisation of its economy in 1991 when balance of payment crisis reached to its worst point and the starting of Skill India and Digital India programme when unemployment reached very high, which it should have done before, shows the strings of above concept. Even now after 70 years of independence, India is still struggling against poverty, illiteracy, electricity-to-all problem, defecation, etc. And from above trends, it is clear that the actions will only be taken when these problems gonna become a serious. If this concept of `Thirsty Digging the Well` applied on current situation then we find China is playing the role of catalyst in developing India a superpower. China constantly showing faultlines in us, fortunately, and pushing us to compete with her directly or indirectly, it is a blessing in disguise to India.
It is boon to India as China is showing or creating worst form of our problems well before the time than that happens naturally. In this way, our government is forced to take necessary steps which they may have ignored otherwise. Such developments will happen only up to an extent, it is happening now but no guarantee of the trend will follow in future. The regime change in 2014 brings some relief as it is seriously working against the concept of the `Thirsty Digging the Well` by taking initiatives in various fields. The government need to take proactive steps in the development of country rather than waiting for worst to happen.
By concluding above discussion we can say that India need not wait for worst to happen rather it should work to eliminate current problems and to keep in mind the problems and necessities of future.