Published Date: 24 Nov 16
"Every, countless commentators prophecy the ascendance of the world’s next superpowers, India and China, the two “Asian Giants” shaking off their ancient slumber and rising, to the call of the 21st century".
-Yale Global Online
What makes any country a superpower? Well, if we reflect on this word in a broader sense, we would realize that a superpower would be a State which has the ability to influence events and project power world wide. While deliberating further on the question posed, there is hope that the day when India would be a superpower is not a far. India has the potential to economically catch up with its large neighbour.
As can be discerned from contemporary events, the characteristics of superpowers are: Firstly the State or the nation concerned should have sizeable presence in terms of area and population. Secondly, the State should have high levels of domestic cohesion, a clear sense of national identity and stable administration. Thirdly, the State concerned should be economically strong and endowed with natural resources particularly energy resources, minerals and metals.
In this context, if we examine India’s position then we may say that India’s quest for an influential status in world affairs in many ways had nothing to do with the substantive criteria described above. Its assertions regarding its influence were based on a perception that it was uniquely positioned to influence the world order because its foreign policy was based on idealism and rooted in high moral principle.
India’s literacy rate is about 74.4% still far below from developed countries .In India, people are deemed literate if they can do little more than sign their name. While India is a democracy relevant institutional arrangement and experience stretching over half a century, the fact of the matter is that Indian democracy is still plagued by numerous lacunae.
In reality, however India is subjected to centrifugal forces originating from caste, religions, ethnics, linguistic and regional differences .While we boast of our economic development and attendant technological capabilities, the downside is that our infrastructure is not developed.
But, we should not get bogged down in this quagmire of darkness, and our modest intention should be to become a developed country. The potential is so great that we can aspire to see that in another fifty years from now, India will be transformed into a superpower. A deliberate and conscious effort should be made by India’s civil society to improve governance and administration to world class standards.
Similarly, the external dimensions of moving towards superpower status would be even tried to suppressed, but a harmonious relationship would establish a stable international order. Here I would like to echo the voice of Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam- "A nation’s progress depends upon how its people think. We Indians have to think as a nation and change into superpower".
CLASS- XI SCIENCE