Since the tragic Ramree Island seize action off the shoreline of Arakan in 1943, India felt the need for a skilled Marine Force. But, India doesn’t have a Marine Force, though it asserts to be a passé seaside country with a roughly 5000-kilometer cape and isolated rural island provinces to protect. It begs the question of why, even after crossing the major global trade paths, it hasn’t attained the status of a seaside nation. Perhaps, even strong Indian rulers in history never grasped the strategic import of having strong trading ties with other states and using native marine fleets to boost national success.
India’s ongoing regard for the maritime boundary as well as the prospects it offers reveals the mindset of a nation that is stranded. India can become a trade power bigger than some European countries if it creates a grand plan to dedicate at least 1% of its GDP to growing its maritime potential. Throughout the year, India is hallowed with warm seas along with unique navigability for vessels of all sizes. It is, however, hard to gauge the factors that impede maritime growth. Factors that unite to creel seaside growth include inertia, lack of real thoughts as well as prevention of economic activities along the coast. Others include the rebuff to confer special economic expansion authority to island regions alongside the lack of a risk-taking attitude.
Russia assured that it would not share a border with a nation that could invade it in the future after the Second World War. Meanwhile, the Monroe Doctrine, framed by US lawmakers in 1823, put off other military powers from setting up a base on the US landmass. As such, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans often serve as massive barriers to protect its citizens, even from air assault. China has just revived its moribund maritime heritage and is wildly expanding its naval might, trade, as well as clout over Asia. It is hindered by the United States’ conversion of Taiwan into its Gibraltar to stifle Chinese goals. China currently maintains Mechanized Amphibious Divisions that are ready to seize Taiwan by force if a chance comes.
France alongside the United Kingdom has adequate Marine units, and they support nuclear task forces for military strikes. They’ve also exercised integration as well as working together as a team. Only Marine forces can respond quickly and effectively to problems that arise at sea, as well as recapture island regions. It’s a minor cost to pay for the protection of strategic capacity when a country’s reputation is at stake. Marine corps are also dual-purpose units that may operate both on and off the water. These troops should not be mistaken for Naval Commandos, which serve a very specific purpose.
China has amassed vast assets on its Eastern Seaboard that stretches up to 150 miles inland, in less than 40 years is equal to Japan’s growth during the Meiji Restoration. In terms of affluence as well as industrial growth, China’s Eastern coast now is equal to North America’s and Europe’s Atlantic coastlines. For instance, there was a huge panic caused by the arrival of a single German warship, Emden, off Madras as well as its gunfire when WWI started. This was after Nicobar was captured alongside the Andaman Islands together with the decisive part played by the entry of the US carrier unit in December 1971. The American troops entered south of the Indian cape to deter India from pledging its troops to the Western Front. That is besides trying to find a viable solution to the Pakistani military association; these examples show how India is fragile to maritime pressure.
Contrarily, China doesn’t face such risks, and its present plan is to compel American patrol boats to cruise at least 2000 miles off mainland China. It has deterred this threat by reinforcing its naval fleet, forming robust coastal warships equipped with long-range missiles, intricacy, and numbers of its shoreline bomber command.
Tech progress and innovative ideas should be fostered to boost countries’ gains. This calls for strong governance skills, particularly at the state level, as well as the creation of a robust scientific talent pool. Others include technical support along with the establishment of research centers that must produce results quickly together with harmonized leadership. India should not be a wimp in the maritime domain, and it must speed up to remain competitive. What they have to do now is follow Israel’s or China’s lead and exceed them as situations arise.