India be a superpower?
Yes, it can be!
Let’s turn India into a land
is not just a piece of earth; she is power, a Godhead." This is how
Sri Aurobindo looked at this country and its rich ancient civilisation.
But all that he wanted fellow Indians to have was "the firm faith
that India must rise and be great". Herein lies the tragic gap
between desire and action, between promise and performance; and between
conduct in private life and public life of leaders.
for becoming a developed nation
WORLD War II resulted in nuclear warfare, killing millions of people
but gave birth to the United Nations. The code of war ethics and human
rights in war was evolved, symbolising the elevation of human
civilisation standards and concern for fellow human beings, says A.P.J.
a superpower but an emerging power
WHAT makes a nation a superpower? China, it is claimed, is on its way to
becoming one. Stephen Cohen describes India as an ‘emerging power’;
not as a superpower, not even as a great power, and, at best, an Asian
power. It is Cohen’s contention that India’s power is, as yet, in a
nascent stage, says
India can be a
presence in future multipolar world
turbulent 1990s began with an unprecedented global change on the
geo-political scenario. One of the two superpowers just vanished without
much notice and the great divide between the two combative ideologies of
communism and western capitalism abruptly disappeared, ending the
dreaded Cold War era. The world is adjusting to the new world order in
which the USA alone fits the bill of being termed a superpower that is
in a position to exercise its economic strength and armed might anywhere
in the world.
It will remain a tale of unrealised potential
IN terms of its
military capabilities, India is now, formally or informally, an
acknowledged nuclear power. Its missile programme is credible and
self-reliant, with Agni-III (3000-km range) coming up by the end of this
year. It has the world's third-largest armed force that is capable of
defending India's territorial integrity and internal subversion, writes S.D.
“A majority of Indians are wary of returning home”
INDIAN culture is what has
always kept Barjinder Sodhi, a Berlin-based NRI, attached to his roots.
He left India in 1984 to pursue higher studies there. He has proved
right the oft-quoted nostalgic statement made by NRIs that you can take
an Indian out of India but you cannot take India out of an Indian. He
was here as a representative of various associations, including the
Indian Cultural Centre, Berlin; Bharat Majlis; Sikh Association and
Jawan Bharti Centre Youth Association. Sodhi plans to start some venture
generations should also feel the bonding
A.P.S. Chawla, Chairman of
the UK-based Nova group of companies, has been settled in London for the
last 38 years. He is now involved in a project related to cancer
patients in India. He recently donated Rs 25 lakh for a cancer hospital
in his home town, Amritsar. He has promised another Rs 25 lakh for the
project to be given soon. Also the President of the World Punjabi Organisation
at London, Chawla, who was here to attend the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas
spoke to Shveta Pathak about the expectations of the Non-resident
Indians from the Indian government and India as an investment
India has to shed image of being a soft state
DESPITE its mediocre
governments, India has steadily progressed over the years mainly due to
the initiative of it’s people. There is little doubt that superpower
status will be attained but India has to first tread the present
difficult path of turmoil. It is already doing so and fresh successes
are reported frequently, with the growing support of the Indian diaspora
abroad, says V. N. Sharma.
“India can be a major power if it improves the standard
weapons alone can neither make India a superpower nor get it respect or
status in the community of nations", says Ujjal
Dosanjh, a former
Premier of British Columbia (the first Indo-Canadian to hold the post).
"What can make India a real superpower is its socio-economic