How India should be rebranded for post-covid global leadership
We must leverage our expertise in various fields to reposition India as a valuable partner rather than just a low-cost vendor
The covid pandemic is an inflection point for India to introspect on its global leadership potential. Despite the economic devastation caused by the virus, India’s agility in pivoting its resources to respond to the crisis has made the country a global outlier. With 1.3 billion people, we have seen about 12 million infections (less than 1%) and 160,000 deaths (a 1.25% case fatality ratio, or CFR). In comparison, the US and Europe reported infection rates of 8-10% and a CFR of more than 2%. Our hospitals coped, our doctors treated, and our healthcare workers performed admirably. The healthcare industry also delivered, first with diagnostic tests, then with personal protective equipment, masks and ventilators, followed by antipyretics, antimalarials, antivirals, steroids and antibiotics, and finally with vaccines. At the same time, we built a robust information technology backbone to track and trace infections, conduct artificial intelligence-based CT scans to rapidly diagnose disease severity, create databases and real-time dashboards to map the pandemic, and deploy vaccines at scale.