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India: The next superpower?

  • Apr 11, 2010 · 4:00 PM
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India is a major presence on the world stage, both economically and, to a growing degree, militarily. The country is strategically balanced between China and the U.S.. It has been in a continuous state of crisis with Pakistan since the the late 1940s when India and Pakistan were born as modern nations.

India is a complex society, with a large and growing middle class, but with many more in dire poverty; a lively democracy, afflicted by corruption and a stifling bureaucracy; a country embracing many ethnic groups; with a Hindu majority and a large Muslim minority.

I recently found what looks like a good book about India: In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India - Edward Luce

available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. You are invited, but not required, to peruse this book prior to the meeting.

Come and share your thoughts about this fascinating nation.

As always...

All views and political orientations are welcome.

We welcome beginners and policy wonks alike. Feel free to join the discussion or just to listen and learn. If you sign up and change your mind, please change your reply so that someone else may attend.

Meetup to last 1.5 hours (until 5:30 PM) although, of course, people are welcome to continue beyond that point.

Looking forward to another stimulating discussion!


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  • John Van P.

    A fascinating, wide-ranging, and lively discussion. India is certainly the most complex society we have considered. Despite the many challenges facing it India is certain to be third super-power of the 21st century (along with the US and China). The US would do well to open up to Indian scientists and technologists, and to support the betterment of the Indian masses.

    April 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    great organizer who has done his homework reading up and on the topic

    April 11, 2010

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