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Superpower?: The Amazing Race Between China's Hare and India's Tortoise

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Is India ready for superpower status or too far behind China to ever catch up?

In his career as one of India's leading journalists and entrepreneurs, Raghav Bahl has often faced this question, and many others, from bewildered visitors:
* Why are Indian regulations so weak and confusing?
* Why is your foreign investment policy so restrictive?
* How come your hotels are
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by Portfolio (first published 2010)
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Tariq Mahmood
I think the book is wrongly marked. It does compare the Indian (Turtle) and Chinese (Hare) economies in quite a bit, complete past, present and future aspiration but is unfortunately heavily prejudiced towards India rising and presenting China about to collapse any moment. The book is very well researched but very well crafted to present India as a better option for foreign investors. I think the author is plagued with the common Indian disease of self-glorification which I have noticed in quite ...more
Pranav Garg
Apr 01, 2012 Pranav Garg rated it really liked it
India and China are the two of the greatest emerging economies world is witnessing today. Ever wondered what we know about the two countries? What point of inflections happened due to which both of these economies differed? What past decisions by both the countries have carved the today's economies? What things are currently happening in these two economies? What will be their role in shaping the future? How will they do it?

The book gives a very comprehensive view of both of these economies and
Anil Swarup
Oct 16, 2012 Anil Swarup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An extremely fascinating and well researched book that provides interesting insights into the developments that are taking place in India and China.
Harmeet Singh
Aug 25, 2013 Harmeet Singh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of the book "Super Power : The Amazing Race Between China's Hare and India's Tortoise" made me curious at first. The metaphors- a hare, a tortoise and a race - suggested that the author is going to present some insights which may bring some things that went unnoticed by the rest of the world dazzled by the stories of the rise of China. As in the childhood story, the hare, having an initial advantage, becomes careless while the tortoise keeps moving, though at a slower pace, but finally ...more
Jan 17, 2016 Ghost14 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theory, social, economics
The book takes off in a diplomatic way. I found this very tactical if there is a neutral reviewer reading it :-)

But in a ghostly running-background of the race between the hare and the tortoise (allusions here are taken to "Little Prince" levels), the author goes onto surgically lay down the argument for the Indian economy. To sustain the diplomacy in spirit, there are instances of substantially repetitive disclaimers that the likelihood still remains of China re-defining the eco text books

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Hemanshu Das
Jan 13, 2011 Hemanshu Das rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in International Relations
An excellently documented book. Raghav Bahl does a fabulous job is drawing inference from the various facts and figures of both the countries. His (or whoever said it) view that India and China are non-identical twins was very apt, given the historical and economic crossroads.
I do find Raghav a little biased about opening up the economy, but isn't really too pressing. But, he does criticize the Indian leaders for not believing in India and underestimating our potential. I would really wish the l
Nov 26, 2012 Snehil rated it really liked it
Amazing book for a non-fiction. I am glad the writer is not an economist. Because of this he made it easier to understand economics. A lot of the stuff in the book I had known from news and hearsay, but reading it all in comparative and chronological manner along with the world events and philosophies and cultures, the understanding is so much clearer. It is amazing to learn that nationalism/patriotism and confidence can do wonders to a nation and the lack of these very attributes, inspite of ...more
Nathan Paul
May 15, 2016 Nathan Paul rated it it was ok
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Adithya Vs
Jan 06, 2015 Adithya Vs rated it it was ok
Shelves: economics, business
A classic example of marketing success. He owns a media hub and did a great deal of publicity through it. It sucked me in as well... Compared to the other books that I've read, this was really not a good one. Just a lot of table well kept out in text format, if you ask me. Maybe it taught me something that was worth being taught. But there are a lot of other authors in the market who make lesser amount of noise about their book and who write a lot better. It took me a lot of determination to ...more
Anant Mittal
Jan 15, 2012 Anant Mittal rated it liked it
Although Bahl has raised a number of issue on both sides, yet his inability to bring forward any new issue or any new point of debate makes the read seem general. His statistics though good, but give the book a very general sort of feel like reading a newspaper. Had higher expectations from the book, feel let down. Though must praise Bahl on compiling all the points in discussion these days and putting the in an orderly fashion. His writing is simple and lucid which makes it quite an easy read.
Shubhankar Mitra
Jun 07, 2012 Shubhankar Mitra rated it really liked it
Awesome compilation of facts regarding India and China.Their economic history etc. .Awesome read if your GK is not phenomenal with a little bit of Authors views on the possible trajectories of the two countries growth.
Anshul Gupta
Oct 04, 2014 Anshul Gupta rated it did not like it
A book written by an entrepreneur when animal spirits were allowed to whizzed off in India. A depressing and non sense ideas of how to extort money by capitalism. Now he has been eaten by bigger fish, it will be wonderful to see his reaction to capitalism.
Arun Oberoi
Fact: In 2050, 300 million of China's 1.4 billion strong population will be over 65.

By 2020, India will have a surplus of 47 million people of working age, the only major economy to do so.
M.R. Raghu
Feb 03, 2016 M.R. Raghu rated it really liked it
Excellent contribution to the literature of analysis on China and India. Great examples and interesting narrative.
Yuvraj Jagtap
Apr 09, 2015 Yuvraj Jagtap rated it liked it
A good book of the time when it was published to know the dynamics of race between India and China.
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