The London School of Economics analyzes whether India is on track to become a world superpower. Their conclusion is no.

Despite “impressive” achievements in various sectors in recent years, India is unlikely to be a superpower and in fact, should not aspire to become one, a study by the London School of Economics (LSE) has concluded.

The study, titled ‘India: The Next Superpower?’, recalls and dismisses US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton statement during her visit to India in 2009 that “I consider India not just a regional power, but a global power”.

These are: “The challenge of the Naxalites; the insidious presence of the Hindutvawadis; the degradation of the once liberal and upright Centre; the increasing gap between the rich and the poor; the trivialisation of the media; the unsustainability, in an environmental sense, of present patterns of resource consumption; the instability and policy incoherence caused by multi-party coalition governments.”

“India still faces major developmental challenges. The still-entrenched divisions of caste structure are being compounded by the emergence of new inequalities of wealth stemming from India’s economic success”.

The study adds: “India’s democracy may have thrived in a manner that few ever expected, but its institutions face profound challenges from embedded nepotism and corruption.

“India’s economic success continues to come with an environmental cost that is unsustainable”.

“Perhaps even more significantly, the cultural impact of Indian cuisine, literature, films, music and sporting events will increasingly be felt globally through and beyond India’s vast diaspora,” the study says.

It adds: “Yet the hopes of those in the West who would build up India as a democratic counterweight to Chinese superpower are unlikely to be realised anytime soon”.

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