Post-Covid Global implications

Post-Covid Global implications

Today’s events are, in view of some, pressing the world towards resistance against uninterrupted globalisation while attracting to protective nationalism.

First of all, impact on globalisation itself is two-fold. On one hand, it may pose restriction in globalisation, while on other, world can see regional globalisation. Not only the fear due to pandemic but also US-China rifts adds to it.

Second possible dimension could be rise in nationalism & protective nationalist policies of states because of the extensive role played by nations in fighting this pandemic as well as trust deficit & lack of cooperation among international states.

Thirdly, weakening global governance is one of the inevitable consequence. Whether it be WHO (alleged of favoring China & late response), or United nations (veto by China on taking COVID-19 issue in UNSC), or WTO (dys-functional & disputed), all major organisations are suffering from criticism.

Fourthly, it would not be a matter of surprise that we can also experience Cold era 2.0 led by US & China. US-China trade war & stance in South China Sea could experience new minimum.

Despite of several uncertainty & challenges, the silver lining is that post-COVID era will pose several opportunities too for India to take over the leadership seat, & even India have started moving in this direction. How, let us see.

  1. Lock down stance : One of the earliest nations to dare of such decision
  2. SAARC revival : $ 10 million pledge in COVID fund
  3. Neighbourhood help : Operation Sanjeevani, India’s help to Myanmar
  4. Global help : ‘Hydroxychloroquine’ supply to US, Brazil, Israel
  5. NAM 2.0 : To check on the alignment of global order
  6. Yoga & Ayurveda : Aim of ‘Vishwa Vaidya’

Now, limiting our talk to India’s outlook of this scenario, we can say that India need to follow 3 ‘R’s (Represent, Reform, Revive) policy in International platform to get the upper hand in the changing world order.

  1. Represent : India must represent its active participation in important forums like G20, WTO, UN, etc
  2. Reform : India must led the reform movement in every possible multilateral organisation, starting with WHO.
  3. Revive : India need to continue pushing transforming & leading with regional groupings by connecting the poles apart member nations in them. Eg, US & Iran in Afghan talk group.

Inspite of all uncertainity, the only thing which is sure is that now onwards the timeline will change from ‘BC & AD’ era to ‘Pre & Post COVID’ era.


Pranjay Mishra

Pranjay Mishra

Studying in IIT (BHU), Varanasi {2017-2021}

Pranjay Mishra

Studying in IIT (BHU), Varanasi {2017-2021}

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