India is now the world’s fifth-largest economy after surpassing the U.K., the latest data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) shows. India’s former chief economic advisor expects the country to become the world’s third-largest economy by 2028-30.
India has leaped past the U.K. and become the fifth-biggest economy, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing IMF’s GDP data and historic exchange rates. According to this estimation, the former British colony surpassed the U.K. in the last quarter of 2021 and is now behind only the U.S., China, Japan, and Germany in terms of the size of its economy. A decade ago India was the 11th largest.
“On an adjusted basis and using the dollar exchange rate on the last day of the relevant quarter, the size of the Indian economy in ‘nominal’ cash terms in the quarter through March was $854.7 billion. On the same basis, the U.K. was $816 billion,” the publication explained.
Many people in India welcome the news of the Indian economy overtaking the British economy. Indian parliament member Kartik Sharma tweeted: “India emerges as the world’s 5th largest economy, overturning the U.K. from its position. Under Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi Ji’s development-oriented leadership, we’ve made India the 5th largest economy in the world.”
Dr. Arvind Virmani, a former chief economic advisor to the government of India, expects India to become the world’s third-largest economy this decade, based on current figures. Virmani was appointed India’s representative