December 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm #1966Kabir JainParticipant
SUPERPOWER ?EVEN BETTER …..
Firstly we need to change the cliched terms that define a country to be a superpower.Today we don’t require super power but rather a ‘Globally-Affluent country” is what we require any country to be , not only be economically and equitably prosperous but a ubiquitous partner in give and take relationships between countries.A provider of unique ideas and practices in varied areas of importance- business , sports,culture etc. The achievements help to command acceptance from countries but but should never lead to dominance in this era of international unity unlike certain countries.Certainly U.S.A’s call for liberty and the “Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency ‘s Detention and Interrogation Program” present a picture of being a hypocrite under the realm of unchecked powers.We really would never want to be a superpower like that but one with pleasant and ethical practices aligned with the international pacts and treatise of law.
The Current Kya -Khoya , Kya-Paya Status
the status quo unless things change for the better…
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1.India has a sound political governance for a few years which may change the complete direction of where it steers in the future.The result is a number of pacts between India and other countries have been agreed to on firm feet in ares of nuclear energy, defense and trade(Kudankulam nuclear power plant)The firm stance and quick action on the part of PM Modi and the ministers signals out a strong message to people internationally as well as domestically that things are going to India’s drive for change . We have a long fight against scams .corruption and black money and issues of corporate governance ahead.
2.While in all situations India has been quite peaceful military pomp and show the strength
and stealth more than defense are required for the purpose of a silent transmission of ready-ness and intimidation
<span style=”font-family: georgia, ‘times new roman’, times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 23px;”>India recently rolled out its own fighter jet, a tank, a mobile howitzer and a host of locally made ships.</span>
Currently India is the largest importer of arms which is a bit dismal.
3. India growing population would also result in a base of consumers for a variety of things , the opportunity for businesses are huge.The underdeveloped areas like technology access and upgradation by private players as India gains primacy.
4.India’s position as an investment avenue has been globally recognized.In some ways this could be our path to become the power we desire to becomDecember 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm #1967Sarthak BrahmaModerator
Great views everyone. It is impressive to see how everyone has backed his opinions with facts and stats. Everyone has taken a definite side and not just presented mixed views which is in the spirit of the debate. This was pretty much expected too given the fact that it is about the shape India is going to hold in future. Of course as suggested here, the definition and criteria that assesses a country as a Super-Power is important. Some may not agree with the conventional standards of the same. So what do you good people consider a Super-power? Try to think of your idea of a good/great country; Regard a country that fits your idea as a Super-power. And then, Let us know of your views if India can meet those standards and become a super-power by 2020.
So keep those ideas coming. Happy Debating !!December 12, 2014 at 9:17 pm #1968Abhirup BhattacharyaKeymaster
Nice points put forward so far !! The discussion is now gathering pace !
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MBA Finance, NMIMS, Mumbai 2011-13December 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm #1971Sid WaliaParticipant
2014 has seen a massive change in the perception of India, by not only the citizens of India, but also by the whole world.
The new govt. managed to secure a clear mandate of people in the recent general elections and hence is in a very comfortable position to formulate policies and make decisions that will help India become a superpower.
This opportunity is unprecedented, considering the recent past, as is being seen by the positive outlook shown by number of foreign investors including IKEA, SoftBank and a vigorous energy of business activity shown across sectors of Indian Industry including the deals of Kotak Mahindra-ING Vyasya and Sun Pharmaceutical-Ranbaxy deals.
If the intent and will shown by the new govt. gets materialized and delivers the results then surely India could rise in the world hierarchy, and the dream of becoming a Superpower would be realized soon enough.
I perceive 4 major points which can help India become a superpower by as early as 2020:
– Good and consistent economic growth
Encouragement and protection needs to be given to the Indian companies and the Domestic Market. Conglomerates like Tata Sons,Aditya Birla Group,Mahindra & Mahindra and IT Majors such as Infosys, Wipro, TCS and also other significant players need to be encouraged to foray into new sectors like Defense production etc. so that Indian businesses are comfortable in competing with global giants. Examples for this are Chinese companies like Huawei, Gionee, Alibaba who have become major players across Asia and the world.
Foreign Direct Investment and Foreign Institutional Investment need to be encouraged, but quality and compliance also needs to be adhered to.
A healthy business environment needs to be provided to all businesses, which includes good basic infrastructure, single-window approvals from various govt. agencies to start a business, incentives to businesses in the form of subsidies,or tax holidays for some time.
Make in India is an initiative in the right direction by the central govt., giving push to the manufacturing sector in India.
This will help India counter China, when it comes to manufacturing.
– Ensuring Internal and External Security
No country in the present day and age can boast to become a superpower without having a good and concrete defense and foreign policy. The appointment of Manohar Parikar, as the Defense Minister is one more step taken by the govt. in the right direction.He has strong credentials as a firm and able administrator, being one of the best CMs of Goa. Also the push given to infrastructure development across the borders with Pakistan and China, will help India secure its borders, and also win the hearts of people living in those areas.
A very important measure also is strengthening internal security by making necessary changes to our legal system and stringent application of laws.
– Education and Technology boost
This century is the century of knowledge. Countries that have a large pool of intellectual people and professionals will be ranked high in world hierarchy. India has a large number of engineers, doctors, architects, and scientists who have shown their mettle not only in the country but on the world stage. This intellectual power surely will help as a catalyst for India to become a superpower by as early as 2020.
– End to corruption
Almost all developed countries including those in northern Europe and North America have very less, if not zero corruption. India should have an overhauling of the various systems in place in various sectors, to ensure there is no corruption or red-tape
With this definitely India can become a Superpower by 2020.
India has the world’s largest population of youth numbering above 350 million. Also majority of them are English-speaking which pivots India to become a Superpower and a force to reckon with by 2020.December 13, 2014 at 1:28 am #1972Anshu ShalineeParticipant
“A developed India by 2020 ,or even earlier ,is not a dream.It need not be a mere vision in the minds of many Indians .It is a mission we can all take up-and succeed” –APJ Abdul Kalam.
It all depends on how we define a SUPERPOWER.As per my understanding ,the criteria for a country to be a super power can be broken down to its economic ,politics ,resources and military strength.
If we talk about economics ,with GDP of 5.7 and programmes like “Make in India “ ,”Digital India” ,boom of e commerce and start ups like Bluestone,Gramener etc,the economic growth prospects of India are really bright . Except China, India has registered the fastest growth consistently during the last decade, without being much affected by 2011 economic meltdown ,which shows that we have the potential and proper planning to stand the economic crisis.Unlike Japanese ageing population,High youth population of India means new ideas ,lot more innovations and hopefully good growth in real terms.
Talking about natural resources ,the coal reserve in India is about 285 billion tonnes, which may last another 200 years. As regards hydro power our estimated potential of 1,50,000 MW. India is the largest producer of sheet mica, the third largest producer of iron ore and the fifth largest producer of bauxite in the world.Given the above facts,India has enough resources to cater its industrial and developmental needs,we are only lagging in their optimum utilization.Instead of importing from other nations ,we can become independent if effective measures are taken.Our new government has already started working in this direction.
We have third largest army and we are a nuclear power. In field of scientific research and technology we have proved our mettle in time and again ,recent been our successful “Mission of Mars” . The only hurdle for India to become a super power is the lack of leadership, which seems to be resolved as we are getting positive response from the outside world of Business leaders, investors and politicians. We have man power. We have talent pools. We have a strong cultural background, an exemplary history, we have world gurus, top corporate leaders, we have natural resources, we possess everything required to become a super power.December 13, 2014 at 2:39 pm #1975Kabir JainParticipant
India must proliferate its SOFT POWER and utilize it to its best possible advantage.The concept has been brought out well by Dr Shashi Tharoor in his TED talk.
India has a long way to go before it achieves the status of coveted power that we envisage for it.
But on a slightly little optimistic note, the notion is that we don’t expect exceptionally great things or momentous miracles from already existing superior entities but from the underdog who has the uncanny ability to improvise, adapt and defy models set in rigid framework.
So before signing off the topic , I would like to conclude the following from my side –
1. Yes, it is with utmost faith that I believe that India will rise to become the power that we desire it to be.
2. But the vision will certainly not be achieved by 2020.Its too short time frame , because no matter since when we have been planning the results are lagging behind.
(just to reiterate there is ample difference in being globally RECOGNISED and a coveted power)
(till the next time… )December 13, 2014 at 5:18 pm #1983Anshu ShalineeParticipant
With due respect to the previous thought, India was ruled by a kind of dynasty(Gandhi Parivar) and hence never achieved the desired results.In Bajpai’s government India had seen the upsurge in investments and infrastructure but as soon as congress was back things took backstand.So I think revise policies can play an important role .
The prime factor for a country’s growth is its youth and population.Though I agree to high poverty and unemployment level in India but at the same time we can’t ignore the fact that we have lot many schemes to fight them back..if only they are implemented.The current government is looking at the holistic development of the country i.e apart from economic policies there are many social programmes like Swach Bharath and interestingly the “Yuva Pidhi” is responding positively to it.Hence I think that with little more efforts ,things will start falling at place and we can achieve the desired results.
🙂December 14, 2014 at 8:51 pm #1987Selva KumaranParticipant
<p class=”MsoNormal”>India’s rise as super power:2020</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>As the topic indicates ‘SUPER POWER’, it is very clear that India is in power now. There is a small step between power and super power. But reaching that step may take a long time. The formula which we was used to achieve power will not work to achieve super power. There might be 100 parameters involved to achieve power. But to achieve super power there might be single digit parameters only. Because we made everything to achieve the heights. There is one step between power and super power. So, now the task is to find that single step . Once it is found, then nobody can stop our tremendous growth.</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>It is to be noted that India has world’s largest youth population. 48% of youth of this world community are from India. Also we have good resources in India. Till India faces Tsunami there were no great disaster. Natural disasters like tsunami, earthquakes are very low. Therte are very few countries in world with 12hrs day & 12 hrs night. We are blessed by God & Nature.</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>So if we should use these resources effectively to track that single step between power & super power then we may able to attain that super power even before 2020.</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”></p>December 14, 2014 at 10:04 pm #1991Abhirup BhattacharyaKeymaster
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MBA Finance, NMIMS, Mumbai 2011-13December 14, 2014 at 11:22 pm #1993Selva KumaranParticipant
India’s rise as super power:2020:
As the topic indicates ‘SUPER POWER’, it is very clear that India is in power now. There is a small step between power and super power. But reaching that step may take a long time. The formula which we was used to achieve power will not work to achieve super power. There might be 100 parameters involved to achieve power. But to achieve super power there might be single digit parameters only. Because we made everything to achieve the heights. There is one step between power and super power. So, now the task is to find that single step . Once it is found, then nobody can stop our tremendous growth.
It is to be noted that India has world’s largest youth population. 48% of youth of this world community are from India. Also we have good resources in India. Till India faces Tsunami there were no great disaster. Natural disasters like tsunami, earthquakes are very low. Therte are very few countries in world with 12hrs day & 12 hrs night. We are blessed by God & Nature.
So if we should use these resources effectively to track that single step between power & super power then we may able to attain that super power even before 2020.
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