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India Express: The Future of the New Superpower

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These days India is in the news almost daily, and it is taking on a much more involved role in international politics, policy, and military intervention. Daniel Lakconcludes that the strength that democracy gives it means that India is much better positioned to sustain its newfound superpower status than China, whose political system is sure to eventually hinder it. As an ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 8th 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade (first published September 2nd 2008)
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This was an okay book. It took me a while to get into it. I don't think Lak is making a convincing enough argument that India will be the next superpower. He spends the entire book outlining all sorts of significant problems that India has (sanitation, poverty, illiteracy rates, ineffective and corrupt leaders, bad roads, pollution) but still declares that in a few decades India will not only overcome those problems, but get better than the rest of the world. I don't disagree that India has the ...more
Written by a (British? Canadian?) journalist, the book was a tad tedious at times, but it is informative in addressing the how and why of the citizens of India gaining ground in the world marketplace, with some colorful characters along the way. I learned much about the culture, but I found myself bogged down by the writing at times. The end projects India's potential future as an "Asian America," given that it's a liberal democracy.
Easy to read and a good initial overview of recent developments in India and gaps that need to be addressed if it is to move forward. Can be a bit cumbersome at times but it's short.
The Tick
He makes some good points in the early chapters, but he also makes some assumptions that weaken his case.
Umesh Kesavan
A typical foreigner's introduction to India.But nowhere near the works of Edward Luce or Patrick French.
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