By Steve Dellar  |  01-18-2018   News
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With the whole world focusing on China’s economic development and its strength, many forget that another nation is bound to become the world’s largest in population by the next decade, and the third biggest economy in about twenty years: India.

The nation founded by Mahatmi Ghandi has 1.06 billion citizens, most of whom understand and speak English, and its economy is marching ahead. Not at the speed of its Chinese neighbour, but at a breakneck pace compared to Western economies nevertheless.

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Many in the west think of Sufis and Hindu-Buddhist philosophy when contemplating India, but forget at the same time that the nation has been a holder of atomic weapons since the 1960s and is capable of launching missiles carrying nuclear warheads.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Successful test firing of Agni-V ICBM makes every Indian very proud. It will boost our strategic defence. Congratulations to the team of DRDO scientists. May you go further on this trajectory <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PresidentKovind?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PresidentKovind</a></p>&mdash; President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) <a href="https://twitter.com/rashtrapatibhvn/status/953896981859942400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 18, 2018</a></blockquote>

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This morning, the Indian defence ministry announced that it had successfully tested a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile in what officials called a “major boost” to the country’s strategic defense system.

The Agni-V missile has a range of about 3,100 miles and has been in the works for several decades, a tweet from India’s congress said.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">India has successfully test fired the 5000-km range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Agni-V at 9:53am today. The Made in India canistered missile, having 3 stages of propulsion, was test fired from Abdul Kalam island off Odisha coast <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MakeInIndia4Defence?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MakeInIndia4Defence</a></p>&mdash; Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) <a href="https://twitter.com/DefenceMinIndia/status/953895752295739392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 18, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The news came as a surprise to many. India has successfully tested this type of missile already five times since 2012 and last completed a launch in December 2016.

Source:

http://www.dw.com/en/india-test-fires-intercontinental-missile-capable-of-reaching-china/a-42197887

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