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India: The Next Superpower?

March 2012

When Hillary Clinton visited India in 2009, the US Secretary of State's verdict was unequivocal: 'I consider India not just a regional power, but a global power.' Following the success of economic liberalisation in the 1990s, which generated growth rates in excess of 8% and a rising middle class, expectations have grown that India might become a superpower, particularly in a West that sees in India's democratic heritage the potential for strategic partnership.

However, there remain deep and pervasive fault-lines within Indian society. Crony capitalism, the collapse of public health systems, a rising Maoist insurgency, and rampant environmental degradation all call into doubt India's superpower aspirations. Rather than seek to expand its influence abroad, India would do well to focus on the fissures within. 



Executive Summary
Nicholas Kitchen

Will India Become a Superpower?
Ramachandra Guha

The Untold Story of India's Economy
D. Rajeev Sibal
The Military Dimensions of India's Rise
Iskander Rehman
India's Soft Power: From Potential to Reality?
Nicolas Blarel
India's National Interests and Diplomatic Activism: Towards Global Leadership?
Oliver Stuenkel
Globalisation, Society and Inequalities
Harish Wankhede
Mukulika Banerjee
Corruption in India
Andrew Sanchez
Managing the Environment: A Growing Problem for a Growing Power
Sandeep Sengupta