In an era when millions of us use smart phone, have access to internet and prefer reading Google news over newspapers; the headlines haven’t changed much. Today, even after 70 years of independence the headlines reads, “Pakistan- India border gun battle leaves nine dead.”
The centuries long history of conflict still leaves thousands of families awake till dawn, not in the fear of losing to someone across the border but losing someone close to their hearts. It has always been a matter of numbers between these two historic rivals. Back then it was about the number of states won and now it is simply about the number of lives lost.
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But just as we say everything has a positive and negative side, both our countries too have their fair share of positives and negatives. Apart from their regular cross border encounters, both countries have come to have grown extensively in other fields like Science and Technology, Economy, Trade, Education, etc. Although both India and Pakistan have proved themselves at a number of times, there is a lot these rival neighbors can learn and adapt from each other. Here we bring to you some categories in which India is much enhanced than Pakistan.
1. ECONOMIC GROWTH
With all the development around us, the rising number of sky scrapers in our cities and our changing lifestyles are the most visible signs of India’s changing economic status. Even though in comparison to the world, India still is a developing country the fact cannot be ignored that we have already paved our path towards becoming the world’s 3rd largest economy. Where India’s GDP is estimated $10.385 trillion that of Pakistan’s as off 2017 is $1.060 trillion making it 25th largest economy.
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If we try to map, we can see that India has made exceptional efforts in the field of education. The literacy rate in India has increased from 16 percent in 1951 to 72 percent in 2015. The challenges still haven’t changed much as the rate of female literacy is yet to equal that of male literacy. Even with the extreme population, India has managed to secure 35th place from below on the chart of World Economic Forum: Global Gender Gap 2017, while Pakistan is on the second position from below. Pakistan’s gender gap has been seen as its main challenge in fields of development.
The most remarkable rapid developmental change seen in India was of landlines to mobile phones. India was counted to have just 84,000 telephone lines for it’s population of 350M during the time of it’s partition. Excluding 14,000 telephone lines in Pakistan for a population of 75M. And 70 years later, today as the mobile phone usage quickly outnumbered and blurred the use of telephone lines, 2005 being the most highlighted periods for the rising use of mobile phones. Today India is the second largest mobile markets in the world with more than 752M cell phones and stands 9th in the world with still 35.09M telephones installed all over the country while Pakistan stands on 46th position.
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4. EXPORT AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE
India is also ahead of Pakistan in the areas of global export and foreign exchange. While quantity wise Indian export today is at $298.8 billion making India 21st largest exporter in the world. Whereas, Pakistan’s exports is just $25.3. Similarly, in areas of foreign exchange, India bags the 7th position with $345.8 billion while Pakistan is settled at the 62nd position in the world with only $17.02 billion.
Even as the international politics has changed a lot and both India and Pakistan have been just as equal when it came to wars fought. According to records, India is ahead of Pakistan even in military forces. Even though there is quite a possibility of Pakistan winning against India as it has more nuclear warheads than India, it’s military budget and manual participation is still lower than that of India. Whereas, India’s budget of military is $55,9 billion, 25 percent of its GDP, Pakistan’s budget is $ 76 billion.
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