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Subject: Re: Why India is unlikely to be a superpower Date: 3/13/2012 8:33 AM
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Think about it. Do you really want a billion plus Indians swaggering around the place playing global supercop like every other superpower we've survived till now?

Depends what one means by a superpower. To me being a superpower means the nation having the ability to provide a social safety net to >80% of its people without any debilitating debt. The debt powered nations will eventually blow a hole in their social safety net in the absence of ability to plunder elsewhere which is what is happening to most European nations and potentially the US.

BTW - the Brits had an equally long list of why India would implode the minute they removed their imperial boots from its throat. Still waiting.

India underwent a miracle. It is still incomprehensible to me why India did not implode. It was an impossible puzzle that I think Nehru managed to solve despite his many missteps. I think it is unfortunate that Nehru today is castigated by the modern generation for his relatively benign follies in Kashmir and China and on language issues but praised only for laying the foundation of modern Indian educational system, industry and infrastructure. I think his biggest contribution was creating the Indian nation via a constitutional democracy over a period of 16 years. People give too much credit to Patel and Gandhi for nation formation. Without Nehru, the probability of India imploding was very high. This can be seen by most nations other than the west failing to achieve democracy even close to what India managed to achieve.

Random unrelated events do shape much of our world so one must never say never. So who knows India might end up becoming a superpower due to some unexpected and unrelated events.

Anurag
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