Emergence of India as the sixth largest economy was very much expected but still there is a long way to go as the per capita income of the country is still low, NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar said on Thursday.
The country, Kumar said, will have to develop capacity for intervening in the global stage in a meaningful manner as it is going to soon surpass the UK to become the fifth largest economy in the world.
"Very much expected. And this is result of our higher rate of growth. Soon we will overtake UK, that will be even better news.
"So we will have make that necessary preparation and create those capacity where we can intervene in global stage in a meaningful way with a clear pursuit of our national interest.
"There, we will have to create our own model of thinking, our own model of strategic interventions,"the Niti Aayog vice chairman noted.
According to an analysis of data compiled by the World Bank, India emerged as the world's sixth largest economy in 2017 with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $2.59 trillion, surpassing France and likely to go past the UK.
Indian economy grew at a seven-quarter high of 7.7 per cent in the three months ended March 2018, helped by higher government spending and investment.