Will India be a superpower?
India shall rise to be the mightiest power on earth. I affirm my belief in India’s future mastery.
India has the second highest population of any sovereign state. As China’s population faces decline over this century the Indian population is rising. There is strength in numbers.
A free press, fair elections, freedom from torture, the right to life, property rights, free association, freedom of conscience, freedom of expression, free movement, freedom from want, gender equality, secularism and an independent judiciary: what more could you want? Most of the people in free countries live in India. The Government of India provides the necessities of life to the people. The state subsidises basic foods such as rice and vegetables.
Too many people in the West take freedom for granted. Thank your lucky stars if you were born in a free country. It is well worth reminding yourself that freedom is the exception and certainly not the norm.
The Republic of India in which a person knows that he or she shall receive a fair trial. Justice reigns in India. This cannot be said of many other countries.
There is real gender equality in India. India had her first female prime minister in 1966 for goodness’ sake. The US still has not had a woman even as vice-president.
There is a very low crime rate. The murder rate is particularly low. The Indian Police Force is often castigated. Whatever their shortcomings the efficacy with which they execute their duties cannot be doubted.
The Indian model is surely the best one. Do not let it be said that Asian countries are unsuited to democracy.
Because India is a free country problems can be discussed frankly. This leads to solutions. That is why India is on the right path.
As many an Indian will tell you Hindustan invented democracy long before the concept entered the mind of any European. There were panchayats (councils) in villages millennia ago. It is true that these institutions fell into abeyance. The Emperor Ashoka invented human rights centuries before the Occidentals thought of such ideals. For centuries much of India devolved into despotism and obscurantism.
It is tristful to note that liberty in India is under threat from its own government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has broadened the definition of sedition. The Bharatiya Janata Party is reducing the space for free expression. India’s glorious tradition of liberty is being gradually eroded.
Even the BJP allows some liberty. Despite the manifold failings of the Modi Administration the country is still a beacon to her neighbours.
You may say that it is all very well that India is a democracy but does that lead to economic growth? China is still much more affluent that Hindustan. There are those who claim that freedom retards economic growth. Some say that Cathay sped up economically precisely because it is a dictatorship.
It is true that certain advantages accrue to dictatorships. They can make quick and decisive decisions. They can railroad through policies that are unpopular. A dictatorship can think in very long time scales and not just in terms of the electoral cycle.
On the other hand in the long run a democracy has greater advantages in economic development than a dictatorship. A democracy has independent courts. There is therefore security of tenure of property. In India property is safe as the Bank of England. Contracts are adjudicated fairly. It is worth investing in India for this reason. Patents are also honoured. Therefore, intellectual property is safe. Unfortunately, China has been stealing this like there is no tomorrow.
If India does not rule the world a century from now then who shall? It would be China.
If I had to be a colony of India or of China I would choose India any day of the week. The Indians bring freedom where the PRC brings brutal oppression. The Chinese regime oppresses even the Han Chinese. I shudder to think what wickedry they would visit upon other races.
There is an unfriendly rivalry between India and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The two clash over the frontier. Beijing supports Pakistan in the latter’s frozen conflict with India. Pakistan controls a third of Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistanis even ceded some of it to the Chinese.
At the moment India’s GDP is half that of China. Yet India’s is growing and China’s growth is slowing down. The PRC is poisoning its people. China might soon be in a demographic death spiral.
The one child policy is laudable in many ways. However, this also means that too many children are spoilt. There is the little emperor syndrome.
In the East many feel a marked preference for males over females. There is a sex disequilibrium in China. This problem exists in India too but it is more pronounced in China. Because the Chinese could only produce one baby per couple they were even more minded to ensure that the baby is a boy. Baby girls are often killed before birth. This will lead to a lot of sexually frustrated Chinamen.
The one child policy ruled for almost 40 years. Therefore, parents are often the only child too. Being the only child of two only children means there are no first cousins.
The one child policy has been done away with. However, many shall continue to have only one infant.
The Government of India takes into account the commonweal precisely because this magnificent nation is a democracy. Therefore, Hindustan will limit carbon emissions and strive to improve air quality. By contrast the dictator in Beijing cares not one jot nor tittle for the wellbeing of this subjects. The people of the so-called ‘People’s Republic’ can die of asphyxiation. China is a plutocracy at best.
India was so often the nurse of civilisation and the teacher of mankind. I just can’t hold it in any longer. I love India!
Despite me uttermost admiration for India I am no naif. I am intensely cognizant of the countries deficiencies. Of course, there are wicked Indians just as there are good Pakistanis and adorable Chinese people. There are felons and tricksters in India. Bribery remains a widespread and grave problem in India.
Though India is extraordinarily admirable that does not mean that India shall come out on top. It is not use being starry eyed. Analysis worth the name is hardheaded. Good guys mostly lose.
Patently a free society is best for innovation. Because courts are independent there is security of property. People are willing to invest. Assets and property will not be sequestered by an almighty and unaccountable state.
In India a thousand schools of thought can contend. Ironically China does not adhere to this maxim of Confucius. The battle of ideas can be won by the best one. This is why India will come to the forefront of research and development.
Let us turn out minds to soft power. India has a diaspora of tens and millions across the globe. China does too. However, the Indians do not try to weaponise them. Those of Indian stock who are citizens of other nations are not turned into fifth columnists for India. Sadly Beijing has its people abroad act as agents. Some take part in carefully orchestrated protests. They protest against protesting!
Delhi does so much good for the world. It has an aid agency to relieve poverty in less fortunate lands.
By contrast China is using debt trap diplomacy. It wants to get people into debt bondage. It will turn half the world into sharecroppers if it can. But people may rise up against these odious debts.
It is true that India faces significant problems. India has 20% of the world’s population. Yet not one university is in the global top 100. Indians who can afford to study abroad do so. They go to the UK, the United States, Australia, Germany, Singapore and even the UAE.
It must be admitted that India has certain structural problems. Unfortunately, corruption is widespread. A disinterested gift in politics is unknown. Peculation is persistent but not as widespread as it once was. There is almost endemic academic fraud with certificates being forged. India has thousands of universities. Not one of them is in the top 100 of the QSI world rankings.
Cheating is fairly common. If everyone else is doing it and getting away with it then you would be a fool not it. It will be assumed that you cheated anyway. Of course, there are plenty of brainy and hardworking Indians. But you cannot tell who is who from certificates. Sadly academic fraud has become a way of life for too many people. Once integrity is gone it is hard to put the genie back in the bottle.
Hindustan is girt around with cruel foes. China and Pakistan at least are adversaries of India. The relationship with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh is reasonable. Myanmar (Burma) is increasingly coming within the orbit of Beijing.
The Maldives has suffered an attempt on its virtue by the PRC. Thus far it has managed to stay free. Bharat rightly views the situation with anxious solicitude. Delhi fears encirclement by the minions of the red emperor.
The good name of India is so often calumniated by her foes. From China you can hear a transparent tissue of stinking lies which stream from a sinful and slavering maw. The Republic of India is traduced as though it mistreats its people. India is accused of unlawfully holding Chinese sovereign soil. This is projection. It is Beijing that is illegally occupying Indian land. This is why China tries so hard to besmirch the good name of India.
India suffers from the scourge of terrorism. The wirepullers of these outfits are in the ISI – Pakistan’s intelligence service. The ISI has often tried to assassinate top Indian politicians. Pakistan is incapable of accomplishing even a simple murder plot. The best they can manage are bestial attacks on India’s civil population.
The Government of Pakistan is chiefly comprised of crooks. The administration of Imran Khan seems less loathsome than its predecessors. Yet Imran Khan supports the death penalty for apostates and those who express views that are disobliging towards Islam.
Being a free country is India’s proudest boast. The country has sadhus and joggis who wander the land. They are perceived as vagabonds and suchlike. There are men who call themselves gurus. Some are genuine sages. But there are more than a few villains and crooks in their ranks.
There are factors that militate in favour of India ascending to be the mightiest power on earth. The population might one day comprise 25% of the world. Numbers alone shall confer a most considerable advantage on Bharat. India’s free constitution will make it a more attractive place to invest. India’s soft power based on benevolence and honesty redound to the nation’s credit. Western countries will beat a path to India’s door wishing to form an alliance with this free nation.
It is probable that India shall become a superpower. It is unlikely that Bharat will be the sole superpower. Indeed, it might not even be at parity with China or the United States. But by the end of the 21st century India will be broadly recognised as a superpower. But beyond that: in the 22nd century the direction of travel is unmistakeable. On this trajectory the Indians shall surely become the global hegemon.