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Ten Reasons why India will not and should not become a Superpower

Dr Ramachandra Guha and Professor Michael Cox (chair)
Thursday 26th January 2012, 6.30-8.00pm. Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

High annual growth rates in excess of 8%, a rising middle class, and spectacular successes in the software sector have led to much talk, within and outside India, of the country becoming a superpower. It is said that just as the 20th century belonged to the United Kingdom and the United States, the 21st century will belong to China and India. Dr Ramachandra argued that there remains deep and pervasive fault-lines within Indian society. Crony capitalism, the collapse of public health systems, a rising Maoist insurgency, rampant environmental degradation--all call into serious doubt India's superpower aspirations. Rather than seek to expand India's influence
abroad, Dr Guha argued that the political class and intellectual elite would do well to
focus on the fissures within.

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Ramachandra Guha

Dr Ramachandra Guha is Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE IDEAS for 2011-2012.


Professor Michael Cox  is Co-Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International Relations at LSE.



Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics. Map.





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