Kolkata, Dec 21: With the Indian entrepreneurs investing more in the world market and a declining rate of brain drain, the country is now playing an increasingly global role, according to Gardiner Professor of History at the Harvard University Sugata Bose.
Interacting with a cross-section of society at a session organised by The Aspen Institute and CII here today, Dr Bose said, ''India's engagement with the world is very old.'' He emphasised that Indians were basically very ''outward looking people'', adding that even the Independence movement was essentially an outward looking movement.
''But the country undertook an inward looking policy post independence and the primary relationships of the Indians with the rest of the world remained non-political,'' the renowned academician stated.
Speaking about West Bengal, Dr Bose said the state had a good opportunity to become a global hub. However, the people would have to adopt an outward looking policy and become more organised.
The professor opined that the government's biggest failure post independence had been in the areas of health and education.
He stressed on balancing the increasingly respected brand of India with the inherent culture and heritage and moving on the growth track by alleviating poverty and collaborating with the other Asian nations.
Director of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics Prof Bikash Sinha said the Indian scientists' contribution to science was noteworthy and agreed with Dr Bose that Indian history gave ample evidence of the fact that the country was globalised and outward looking during her heyday.
Prof Sinha stated that India should work closely with the US in the fields of fundamental research and life sciences.
He said the fruition of the Indo-US nuclear deal would open the doors of opportunity for the country to interact with the world.
Chairman of the National Committee on Trade Policy, CII, Dr Rajive Kaul said India was gradually moving ahead towards becoming one of the frontrunning economies of the world.