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India: the next superpower?

Kitchen, Nicholas, Guha, Ramachandra, Sibal, Rajeev, Rehman, Iskander, Blarel, Nicolas, Stuenkel, Oliver, Wankhede, Harish, Banerjee, Mukulika, Sanchez, Andrew and Sengupta, Sandeep (2012) India: the next superpower? IDEAS reports - special reports, Kitchen, Nicholas (ed.) (SR010). LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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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.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Divisions: IGA: LSE IDEAS
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 04 May 2012 07:55
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 23:15

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