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India: the next superpower?

Kitchen, Nicholas and Guha, Ramachandra and Sibal, Rajeev and Rehman, Iskander and Blarel, Nicolas and Stuenkel, Oliver and Wankhede, Harish and Banerjee, Mukulika and 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
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE IDEAS
Series: Reports > LSE IDEAS Reports
Date Deposited: 04 May 2012 07:55
Last Modified: 04 May 2012 08:04

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