Is India really an emerging power?

Published: August 30, 2015
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The writer is a former caretaker finance minister and served as vice-president at the World Bank

The writer is a former caretaker finance minister and served as vice-president at the World Bank

Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist, inspired the Indian electorate to hand him an unprecedented victory in the elections of May 2014. His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a majority in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian parliament. He was able to form a government without any support from outside the BJP. The voters bought his rhetoric in the campaign.

Modi had done well in the state of Gujarat in India’s west, which he had led for a dozen years as its chief minister. The state had a well-deserved reputation for entrepreneurship. With the private sector in the lead, Modi’s state had performed better than the rest of India, and done so by a wide margin. He promised to bring the Gujarat model to New Delhi and the electorate believed him. Late last May, he was installed as prime minister in a ceremony performed not inside an office, as was the custom, but outside in the open with thousands of admirers watching. Among those who attended the well-choreographed ceremony, were the heads of state and governments from the Saarc nations. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also attended. Modi had begun well.

Once in office, the new prime minister turned his formidable energy to foreign affairs. He was convinced — and wanted to convince the world leaders — that India was a large and vibrant nation that should be regarded as a world power. He travelled widely; in the first 15 months in office, he visited or met with more world leaders than was done in 10 years by Manmohan Singh, his predecessor. Among those who accepted his claim was US President Barack Obama. A special relationship developed between the two. Modi visited Washington and was warmly welcomed by the American president who took him on a walk through the grounds of the Martin Luther King Memorial. Touched by the gesture, Modi invited Obama to visit India to celebrate his country’s Republic Day in January 2015. The invitation was accepted and Obama sat next to the Indian prime minister while tanks, missiles and other heavy equipment of the well-resourced Indian Army rolled by in a parade of military might.

It was expected that Modi, despite his strong links with the RSS, the Hindu extremist organisation, will seek improved relations with Pakistan, India’s northwestern neighbour. That did not happen. On August 24, 2015, Pakistan, reacting to what it called unacceptable conditions for the talks that had been scheduled between the national security advisers of the two countries cancelled the discussions. In announcing Pakistan’s withdrawal from the planned discussions, India was reminded that it should not trifle with a nuclear-armed state. India-Pakistan relations had reached a new low.

While Modi made an impression in world affairs, the promised reform of the economy needed to reach China-like rates of growth was not undertaken. In his ‘Made in India’ drive to accelerate as well as modernise India’s manufacturing sector, the prime minister had promised to bring his country to the same level as the more industrialised nations. But the slogan was a tough sell. The share of manufacturing in the economy peaked in the mid-1990s. “It will take more than the glad-handing of world leaders to revive it,” wrote The Economist’s Schumpeter blog. “The roots of malaise go back to 1991, when India opened up markets for goods to competition, including from imports, but left its ‘factor’ markets for land, labour and capital unreformed. Indian-based factories suddenly needed to be bigger and better-equipped to compete in a global market. But the cost of capital, high in an inflation-prone India, was forced to be still higher because of the trouble banks had in pursuing deadbeat borrowers through clogged courts. Complex laws made it tricky to acquire farmland for industry or infrastructure. Baffling labour laws, written largely in the 1940s, piled onerous regulations on manufacturers. Because they made it hard to lay off workers, few were hired.” The prime minister had pledged to vault India into the top 50 countries in the World Bank’s ease-of-doing business ranking. In the latest assessment, it ranked 142nd.

By the end of August 2015, citizens began to take to the street which they always did to vent their frustration. There were large demonstrations in Mumbai as the price of onions, a staple of Indian diet, soared. On August 26, there were riots that led to six deaths in Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat, as the upper-class unemployed clashed with those belonging to the ‘other backward classes’, wanting the repeal of the laws that granted the latter employment preferences. Hindu nationalists were also agitated when the government revealed that for the first time in the history of independent India, the proportion of Hindus had fallen below 80 per cent of the total. The Muslim share had increased to 14.25 per cent. Fearing reaction, this revelation was delayed by the government for months.

There was a lesson from all of this: the world stage may be more appealing and it may be easier to adopt a tough stance towards Pakistan, but the real action was on the domestic front. Unless that was done, Modi may not realise his dream of gaining the great power status for his country.  

Published in The Express Tribune, August 31st,  2015.

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  • Ashish Chaudhary
    Aug 31, 2015 - 12:14AM

    Offcourse, India has many challenges ahead, but India has the capacity and resources to conquer those challenges…
    that’s why despite of many challenges, India comes in top ten countries in field of economy, trade, agricultural, pharma, IT, software, space missions etc…..India is a part of big international forums like G20, Brics etc…..India’s forex reserve have crossed 380 billion dollars…India’s 7.5% growth rate is highest in the world….

    so instead of competing with India …Pakistan should first complete with Bangladesh….
    bcoz Bangladesh’s 24 billion forex reserve is higher than Pak’s 17 billion forex reserve….
    Bangladesh’s taka is stronger then Pak currency….Bangladesh’s growth is around 6% , compared to Pak growth of around 4% …. so please try compete with Bangladesh…… Otherwise if Bangladesh keep this momentum on then by 2024 it’ll become second largest economy of SAARC ….. leaving Pakistan behindRecommend

  • Bewildered
    Aug 31, 2015 - 12:31AM

    Again what was the purpose of this meaningless write anyway? Why to worry about India when there are so many problems at home. Recommend

  • Sameer
    Aug 31, 2015 - 12:37AM

    Ever since Modi came in power, India get 7.6% growth rate which is highest in the world, beating China….our forex reserve increased 20%…..India registered highest electricity production in last 7 years…many countries have invested around 120 billion project..,recently smart phone manufacturing company with 5 bn dollars investment already started working in Maharashtra….Indian space agency earned 100 m dollars plus it got 140 million contracts from 16 countries ….many other big things have started….
    so dear haters, you keep praying for Modi’s failure, but he is the one who successfully conquered all challenges during his tenure and made Gujarat the most prosperous states of India…now he has taken command of India, and trust me he is here to stay for next 15 years, and world will understand his capabilityRecommend

  • Bairooni Haath
    Aug 31, 2015 - 12:58AM

    The Indian economic model is different from the Chinese model. It is in fact a model no other developing country has used before. India’s model is based on the export of white collar intellectual services as opposed to low cost manufactured goods. India cannot compete directly with countries like China, Vietnam and Bangladesh in manufacturing because our wages in the organized sector are not low enough, our industries are not efficient and our labor laws are antiquated. A determined government can correct some of these things, but the future for India lies in high value products.Recommend

  • Sumit Sharma
    Aug 31, 2015 - 1:04AM

    hahaha please keep finding loopholes in India….and India will keep progressing and achieving new heightsRecommend

  • Just Human
    Aug 31, 2015 - 1:23AM

    does this matter to Pakistan? its non of our business weather India is in emerging market or not… what we concentrate is look at our economy instead look others problem. Recommend

  • Gavy
    Aug 31, 2015 - 1:30AM

    “Unless that was done, Modi may not realise his dream of gaining the great power status for his country. ”

    PM Modi is just articulating the dreams and aspirations of 1.25+ billion Indians. India/Indians understand what it takes to get there and we will get there sooner than later.Recommend

  • Absurd
    Aug 31, 2015 - 1:36AM

    “Complex laws made it tricky to acquire farmland for industry or infrastructure.”

    Getting land for development is a challenge in a democratic setup with bulging population, including Pakistan. It is for fact, nation like China, being totalitarian, it is much easier to exploit. Since 1949 all land is owned by state or collectively with state oversight. Easier in a sense of stepping over the rights of the people and forcing eminent domain or equivalent. If that is done in India or Pakistan, our men and women will be in the streets, having Dharnas, Morchas.. etc. What I said can be verified by people who travel to China for business.

    “Modi may not realise his dream of gaining the great power status for his country.”

    It is not a show stopper, there is no harm in having a positive attitude and working towards a goal for better future. Recommend

  • Varun
    Aug 31, 2015 - 1:42AM

    While the title is a little misleading (emerging or otherwise, being a regional or a global power does not mean that you don’t have problems), the conclusions drawn by the author are entirely correct, and widely acknowledged in India:

    The real action in India is all indoors. Modi unfortunately has spent too much time outdoors, and left his incompetent ministers to window dress the domestic policy issues, in a situation where overhaul by competent administrators is urgently required.Recommend

  • Surprised
    Aug 31, 2015 - 1:54AM

    “With the private sector in the lead, Modi’s state had performed better than the rest of India, and done so by a wide margin.”

    The author is mistaken in this observation. Readers can look up the data in the Economic and Political Weekly, September 28, 2013: Have Gujarat and Bihar Outperformed the Rest of India: A Statistical Note by Nagaraj and Pandey.Recommend

  • someone
    Aug 31, 2015 - 2:45AM

    Sir,you guys have left India in 1947 for good. Instead of worrying about whether India is emerging power or not, you should be more worried about how to stop load shedding in Pakistan. Whether emerging power or not, India is still have power while Nuclear power Pakistan is facing load shedding of many hours in big cities and lets not even mention the towns and villages.Recommend

  • Humza
    Aug 31, 2015 - 3:45AM

    No one buys into the idea of ” make in India” least of all expatriate Indians who know that all this talk is just plain hype. My Indian friends are loathe to invest a penny there where they speak of red tape and corruption at every level. I came across a business visitor to India the other day who told me that he was shocked by the level of abject poverty and poor infrastructure everywhere in India. India has only one advantage over its neighbors which is the illusion machine it tries to create for the world about a vibrant economy. The reality is far from it and every visitor is in for a rude awakening the moment they land in India.Recommend

  • Woz Ahmed
    Aug 31, 2015 - 4:19AM

    India is not a world power, a regional power yes.

    As that lovely Indonesian lady from the World Bank said when she visited us last week, by 2050 unless we get our house in order, Indias economy will be 40 times ours, but stil 40% of China’s.

    Let’s stop worrying about India and Afghanistan and concentrate on population control and investment in health and education.Recommend

  • Aug 31, 2015 - 4:42AM

    Absolutely Positively Yes. Just get used to it. The sooner the better. Because better relations are sure to come. India has never attacked any other country ever. So calm down and accept reL friendship.Recommend

  • Raj NYC
    Aug 31, 2015 - 5:15AM

    Mr. Burki,

    All what you state in our article could be true.

    There is one crucial item you failed to mention. Prime Minister Modi has been elected to serve for a period of time. If he does not deliver on one or more of the items you point out, and the electorate thinks they can do better, come next elections, we will have a new Prime Minister!

    You see, despite all the shortcomings of a Democracy, and of democracy in a highly diverse country like India, there is a self-correcting mechanism built into the Indian polity, and these mechanisms get activated when needed, and their outcomes are respected.

    Cheers.Recommend

  • Rashid
    Aug 31, 2015 - 6:12AM

    We are like the proverbial cat which thought when it closed its eyes the world went dark. India may or may not become the manufacturing powerhouse it wants to be in the short term. Pakistan economy is going down and down. I’ve never seen any concrete proposals from Mr Burki to give life to Pakistan economy, just vague speculations about global and regional powers and even more vague speculative geostrategic fantasies.Recommend

  • Pnpuri
    Aug 31, 2015 - 7:00AM

    Is not making judgment after one year and three months hasty. As far relations with Pakistan are concerned, the issue with regard to Kashmir is there for 68 years, narendra Modi was born in 1950 and probably joined active politics in mid 1990s. Why blame him merely because there is change of nuance I.e no meeting with hurriyat. Pakistan leaders meeting hurriyat leaders is only a TV opportunity. But it always did create reaction in India. If talks have to take place avoid negative reaction. Pakistan insistence of making a public show will not be of any help but certainly a hindrance.Recommend

  • ahmed41
    Aug 31, 2015 - 7:41AM

    This is worth remembering :

    “…..No Indian leader since Mahatma Gandhi has aspired to personify the Hindu politico-psyche with as much singular daring as he has — not A.B. Vajpayee, not P.V. Narasimha Rao, not Morarji Desai, neither Indira nor Rajiv Gandhi. Certainly not Jawaharlal Nehru. Stung by Vallabhbhai Patel’s taunt in 1950 calling him “Maulana Nehru” for his conciliatory attitude towards Muslims in India, Nehru retorted sharply, reminding Patel of the suspicion Indian Muslims felt at being regarded by the Hindu majority as “aliens in India, not to be trusted, and to be got rid of as soon and as tactfully as possible”. …”

    My reference is from DAWN { reprinted in Tribune ( Chandigarh ) 31/8/15 ) Recommend

  • pn awasthi
    Aug 31, 2015 - 8:27AM

    Trivial issues like 6 deaths in roit in Ahemdabad and prices of onion soaring high notwithstanding, India of the 21st century is not just a nation, but a dream-a vision of countless souls aspiring to belong to a strong, self-reliant, powerful and developed nation.The economic growth rate is poised to touch the figure of 8 percent even as the world economy has slumped. Once empty coffers are now bulging with about $380 billion foreign exchange.Foreign investors are very ready to grab Indian markets. In fact, our country is among the top ten hottest destinations for foreign investors.Rare are the moments in history when a nation suddenly captures the imagination of the world. For India, those rare moments have arrived.Recommend

  • Soofiya Malik
    Aug 31, 2015 - 9:50AM

    @ahmed41: moody is very cunning no doubt but cannot understand that the creation and continuation of Pakistan despite hindu sabotage is proof of Divine Intervention. he is blind to this Miracle and continues to ignore the warning. No matter – let him interfere a little more and Divine Wrath shall take care of him once and for all…Recommend

  • Amandeep singh virk
    Aug 31, 2015 - 10:03AM

    Sorry sir, but it doesn’t matter how much you and other pak fellows rant about India, but it doesn’t impact world community. India will keep getting stronger in international arena and you people will keep ended up with more disappointment n frustrationRecommend

  • usman777
    Aug 31, 2015 - 10:13AM

    please keep writing these types of articles, keeps the trolls away from other pak-related comment sections.Recommend

  • Oxy Moron
    Aug 31, 2015 - 10:13AM

    Just like vicarious pleasure, there’s a thing like vicarious schadenfreude, and I suspect quite a few of our friends from across the border are inflicted. It is the perfect perception filter – Not only does it filter out any data point not agreeing with their burning desire to see India go up in flames, but any small spark anywhere has them salivating at the prospect of imminent large-scale fire in their febrile imagination. Why do I call it vicarious? Simply because while their own boat is both afire and taking water simultaneously, they’re fine with it as long as something across the border allows them to continue to dream of India’s demise,

    I present this article as an exhibit of this malaise – the author doesn’t say it in as many words, but his barely concealed glee upon unrest and imagined prospect of riots in India leading to unraveling of India wafts through his risible narrative nonetheless.

    My request to Indian commentators here is to please give this malaise its due recognition and spare author and his ilk their scathing rebuttals.Recommend

  • hari
    Aug 31, 2015 - 10:21AM

    Onion prices?! Seriously? Only thing which is going up. Retail inflation is coming down big time. And onion prices will be controlled by imports mainly from China. This author is unfit to talk about anything related to economy. I can take apart his every point and beat it to smithereens but he is not worth my time.Recommend

  • Rana Ajeet
    Aug 31, 2015 - 10:33AM

    Only a fool will expect miracle in 13 months in such a large country with highest population density in the world.Even such a proactive PM like Modi needs atleast 10 to 15 years to fulfill 50% of what has been promised by him.And people of India knows this very well.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Aug 31, 2015 - 10:45AM

    The only difference between India and Pakistan is that India is the bigger trailer park nuclear power. Neither of us should be proud of our meager achievements. Our biggest asset is love of humanity. We are not animalistic brutes like some countries we are all familiar with. Our best option is to open the borders completely and let people mix. We have not been able to stop miscreants however much we have tried. So why stop decent people from traveling. After doing this let us get properly educated.Recommend

  • polwala
    Aug 31, 2015 - 10:58AM

    Sir, you are partly right but missed the real point behind India’s comparatively slower change. India is a ‘democracy’ with all its faults where as China is not. There things get done without any debate in a elected parliament. If and when, China goes democratic, the proverbial ‘nine pins’ scenario might come in full view. You are right that Modi has not been able to deliver. Modi has not got a long term vision for India. He is an orator who thrills people occasionally at the expense of the dignity of the PM’s office.Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Aug 31, 2015 - 11:39AM

    Ask any economist, India is not only an emerging power but by 2030 it will be the top economy of the world along with USA,surpassing even China. Today its the fastest growing economy of the world.Recommend

  • ABC
    Aug 31, 2015 - 11:54AM

    Sir, If China with non democratic setup just achieved a growth rate of 8-9% in these years, then I think you must appreciate growth rate of @7.5% in India where you can not remove a religious structure in the middle of the main road in the Capital Delhi forgot about forcefully accruing land for a road or other infrastructure project, where a Land Accusation Bill is still pending, Goods and Services Tax is also struggling because of just 40-50 member opposition, where you can not silence news media for anything going negative in the country (you must have gone through negative news article when Common Wealth Games were held in Delhi), have you heard any negative news on Beijing Olympics preparations. Yesterday China arrested nearly 200 for rumor mongering in stock market and Tianjin explosion incidents (http://www.wiproud.com/news/hundreds-arrested-for-rumor-mongering-in-china), don’t you think with no opposition, with state controlled media, with frequent Internet blockings, with no restriction of public sentiments or opinion that they will throw you out in next election, is little bit easy. So with such diversity and democracy if India is progressing at such pace then I feel proud of India’s achievements, Thanks. Recommend

  • Frank
    Aug 31, 2015 - 12:33PM

    The 7+% growth figure for the Indian economy is fudged. You can find many articles on net about the new method by the Modi government used to massage India’s real growth figure from 5% to 7%.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 31, 2015 - 1:10PM

    A balanced, interesting view point.Recommend

  • Dipesh Bhorania
    Aug 31, 2015 - 1:18PM

    And let me enlighten you with Mr. Shahi Javed Burki’s intellect.
    1. The Capital Of Gujarat State is Gandhinagar and not Ahmedabad.
    2. Narendra Modi never, I repeat never promised reform of the economy needed to reach China-like rates of growth because such raw and unsustainable growth can only be possible in a totalitarian regime like China and not a democracy.
    3. Since he has zero knowledge about the ‘Made in India’ project because he doesn’t even know the name of the campaign that is ‘Make in India’, one can expect the ammount of knowledge he has about it leave alone the outright failed stamp that he tries to give. (Hint: google investments through make in India)
    4. The government is aiming to improve India’s ranking in ease of doing business index to 50th position in the next two years from the current 134th (Not 142nd) and it was after this rank that govt. pledged to bring India that postion and not aiming at 50 and getting 142 like he misleads the reader.
    6. There were no riots in Gujarat believe me I am a Gujarati. Six protesting Patel community members and not ‘upper-class unemployed’ killed while clashing with police is no riot.

    All things apart this article seemed more of a modi bashing that revolving arround the subject that was “Is India really an emerging power?”.Recommend

  • Melange
    Aug 31, 2015 - 1:27PM

    Economic consideration are not the only reason why India has a larger role to play in the world today. Mainly, India is a democracy. Messy, flawed and chaotic but still a democracy and the only one in a region that is troubled.
    I do not agree with Modi’s model for development based on manufacturing like China. Demand is going down in the world today and the time has come for reduced consumption and sustainable development. I believe India can play a major role in this given her historical and cultural affiliation with sustainability.
    I prefer to live in a medium income democracy than a higher income dictatorship. No China model for us, thank you!Recommend

  • Feroz
    Aug 31, 2015 - 1:43PM

    Faith in their own abilities and strong democratic traditions are the cornerstone of the Indian nation. What others do has been of little relevance to India, what it has to do of greater relevance. India also has very strong legal protection for the rights of labour, which it does not wish to circumvent. Just because capitalists want to have their way with all kinds of concessions, there is no sound reason to oblige them, overriding existing safeguards. The challenge for India is to train its human resources to capitalize on the opportunities being thrown up. Even today India’s main export remains its human resources, a win win situation for the country as well as those with aging populations that need these human resources. Progress has been made and will continue to be made, the speed of reforms contingent on consensus and stability. Potential to grow at a rate over 10% over a long period exists, however emphasis should be on doing things right, rather than hurriedly. In a couple of decades India will become the Worlds third largest Economy, however after being the Worlds most dominant economy for most of recorded history, I doubt Indians will be satisfied being third. Recommend

  • Asif
    Aug 31, 2015 - 1:56PM

    Yes! This is good debate of comparing each other economically rather than arsenal race. India has progressed economically far ahead of Pakistan and we should honestly admit that with determination to revival of our own economy…Recommend

  • nahar007
    Aug 31, 2015 - 3:49PM

    Mr.Author,
    Yes! We are poor, corrupt but on the same side we at-least trying to make things better for our society.Recommend

  • Zubair
    Aug 31, 2015 - 4:04PM

    One of my Indian Muslim colleagues tell me that the Muslim population is much higher than 14.25%. It might take few years to conduct the next census though. Recommend

  • Reddy
    Aug 31, 2015 - 5:20PM

    is this guy for real “There were large demonstrations in Mumbai as the price of onions”
    “upper-class unemployed clashed with those belonging to the ‘other backward classes’”
    those unemployed people came in BMWs to attend the rally,better stick to your routine india bashing write ups, don’t ever try your hand at economy,our economy is more sound than ever …and this guy thinks india could’ve become a manufacturing hub in a year,that is the level of understanding …btw india do export BMWs,volvos etc to europe,ME….basically you don’t know first thing about economy ..

    @Varun: who is that incompetent minster could you pls care to point out ….suresh prabhu,parriker,gadkari,sushma,ravi shanker,jaitley ?? BJP has incompetent spokesmen ,not one incompetent minister Recommend

  • Raj NYC
    Aug 31, 2015 - 5:53PM

    @Zubair:

    Re: “One of my Indian Muslim colleagues tell me that the Muslim population is much higher than 14.25%. It might take few years to conduct the next census though.”

    Could be so. It hardly matters. All Indians are Indians first, and we keep finding ways to celebrate our differences.

    Let me take you and other readers to a quick journey:

    Regardless of the religion or creed, almost all of us partake in each others festivities, weddings and food whenever we can. For any reason. Or for no reason at all!

    I remember getting rakhi from sisters of my Muslim friends. And my mother having intricate green dupattas all ready to gift as momentos to them.

    Or, getting invited over by them whenever something non-vegetarian (Shammi Kebabs, mostly!) that I liked was being cooked at their homes.

    Or, having platters of the best edibles ready in case our Muslim friends and customers were at our place just when it was time to break the fast during Ramzan.

    Or, when touching the feet of my elders on returning from America to touch the feet of Iqbal Sahib and Karanjia Sahib, family friends, before anyone else’s as they were the eldest in the room.

    Or, making sure that Muslim employees did not have to work at all, do tiring work, or travel during Ramzan, and that they left work early to be with their families every day during the holy month.

    Or, my friend Yawar having a full, separate vegetarian feast prepared during the housewarming celebration so that the entire extended families including strictly vegetarian grandparents and parents of his Hindu and Jain friends would be there.

    Or, bringing out my grandfather’s most intricate small Iranian silk carpet that he used during his puja as an Aasan so that Dr. Naqvi, my father’s friend, could offer his prayers on it at the appointed time in our home when he could not make it back home during a monsoon downpour.

    You might find some or all of these few examples hard to imagine. But that is India every day, and has been so for a few centuries. That is India’s ethos, and consequently all this talk of percentages is just that, some talk.

    Getting back to the topic at hand, India has a census every ten years, like clockwork. It is in the Constitution, the one and only that we have had to date. So we tend to respect and follow it.

    The government in power, to an extent, does get some leeway in how granular the census data collection is.

    By the way, when was the last census conducted in Pakistan?Recommend

  • to2da2
    Aug 31, 2015 - 11:39PM

    @Soofiya Malik: Oh, Ms. Malik, I hope your faith in divinity remains steadfast. Those who live in a real world have to depend on their wits and efforts. Your nation’s leaders, on the other hand, are, like you, awaiting a deux ex machina to save the day. Good luck!Recommend

  • Freeman
    Aug 31, 2015 - 11:45PM

    @polwala: Some Chinese intellectual just wrote in a Party journal that China, not India, is the world’s largest democracy. How do you counter that claim?Recommend

  • venze
    Sep 1, 2015 - 5:29AM

    Is India really an emerging power? Just power or major power? Either case, not yet.
    No point of having military or economic power when hundreds of millions continue to be stranded in abject poverty. A peaceful revolution is needed to exterminate the long traditional social ills first before the nation could be ready to march on to greatness.Recommend

  • ask
    Sep 1, 2015 - 10:40AM

    @Freeman: The translator perhaps got confused and did not get the difference between a Republic and a Democracy. Recommend

  • Sep 1, 2015 - 12:51PM

    what is the purpose of writing such opinion ? the probable answer is to give the domestic readers and himself a sense of relief from inferiority complex. . —— No body is interested in it . If foreign investments are flowing in it indicates that it is developing . Emerging power means economic power i hope.Recommend

  • polwala
    Sep 1, 2015 - 3:31PM

    @Freeman,
    Chinese are good at reverse engineering. BUT They obviously got this prism wrong.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani
    Sep 1, 2015 - 3:36PM

    @ p r sharma & Modi-lovers: oh yes, India has progressed a great deal under Modi’s reign. Only yesterday, some “patriotic” Indians killed a scholar who had criticized idol-worship among Hindus. In Chattisgarh, 75,000 people (including engineers) applied to fill vacant posts of 30 (yes, thirty) peons! So this is the true face of India: rape capital of the world and future theocratic state where only Hindus will be allowed to live.Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Sep 2, 2015 - 7:21AM

    @Shakir Lakhani .. And?Recommend

  • V. C. Bhutani
    Sep 2, 2015 - 5:56PM

    I came to this article rather late but I read it twice and then I read the 47 comments. Many of the comments could have been more kindly worded.
    There is much in the article too which could have been differently put to sound friendly and kind. But that can be said about almost any piece of writing.
    India has set out on an economic journey which began 25 years ago. We have had the good fortune to have had able finance ministers belonging to different political parties but all of them pulled in the same direction – Manmohan Singh, Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh, Chidambaram, and Arun Jaitley. No one wanted to make changes for partisan purposes: they all understood and knew their economics well.
    With some luck, if the experiment and the effort go on long enough, there is hardly any doubt that India shall be an important world economy. After all economic soundness is the basis of everything else.
    By all means there is abysmal poverty among large number of Indian people. That’s where we could learn from China which has actually lifted its poorest out of poverty.
    The infrastructure needs a lot of attention. The educational system needs much more money to keep it within the reach of the poorest and to expand the school system.
    The tasks are stupendous and enough to rob any leader of his night’s sleep. Let us hope our leaders stay on course.
    V. C. Bhutani, Delhi, 2 Sep 2015, 1825 ISTRecommend

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