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Super Economies [PDF / EPUB] Super Economies Our times are characterized not by estranged Superpowers building formidable arsenals but by engaged societies building a robust global economy Emerging countries are redefining the geo economic and g Our times are characterized not by estranged Superpowers building formidable arsenals but by engaged societies building a robust global economy Emerging countries are redefining the geo economic and geopolitical dynamic; in the new world order a soaring GDP and a booming population are the true indicators of a nation's strength The twenty first century will be led Raghav Bahl says by a handful of SuperEconomies large prosperous countries with a high growth rate ranking among the world's top trading partners commanding to per cent of global GDP having nuclear arms but using economic leadership to effect significant change The USA and China ualify automatically as the two existing SuperEconomies With its demographic advantage a surplus of skilled labour a GDP that is expected to jump from trillion to over trillion by a strategic geographic location and a new decisive political leadership India has every chance Bahl argues of becoming the third SuperEconomy As the world's largest democracy its arrival will enhance global stability and ensure that the balance of power remains free fair and representative of the people Drawing on history current affairs and political and economic analyses SuperEconomies projects how India can soon become a world leader and help secure a future of peace and prosperity for all.

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  1. says:

    The title is misleading With ‘Super Economies’ and ’Future of the World’ written on the cover one expected a run down on Indian Economy's current status and how India intended to catch up with US and ChinaBut for Raghav Bahl India is a de facto SuperEconomy already with the final push just round the corner with Modi in power‘If the US is the stalwart SuperEconomy Japan and Europe fading SuperEconomies and China the scrappy challenger India is the sleeper SuperEconomy And now with Narendra Modi’s election as prime minister it is finally poised to awaken If he can deliver what he has promised India’s future as a SuperEconomy is virtually assured’And that’s that There is no discussion on the all important ‘How’ to become a SuperEconomy I have never been able to understand this alacrity to bestow sobriuets of ‘SuperPower’ or SuperEconomy’ on India With grinding poverty of over 350 million of our citizens endemic unemployment crumbling infrastructure et al why focus on non issues?Observe what Deng Xiapong said in 1978 when China had over 300 million people mired in poverty‘Observe developments soberly maintain our position meet challenges calmly hide our capabilities and bide our time remain free of ambition and never claim leadership”Fast forward today three decades later with just 20 million below poverty line and a 10 trillion dollar economy the Chinese rightly feel the time has come And the world has no choice but to sit up and noticeOr observe Fareed Zakaria’s take on the present day state of Britain the original Superpower‘On Monday the Right Honorable David Cameron prime minister of Great Britain gave his first major speech after being reelected to his high office Confronting a world of challenges — including Greece’s possible exit from the Euro a massive migration crisis on Europe’s shores Ukraine’s perilous state Russia’s continued intransigence the advance of the Islamic State and the continuing chaos in the Middle East — Cameron chose to talk about   a plan to ensure that hospitals in the United Kingdom will be better staffed on weekends’Zakaria laments how parochial Britain has become and how the country has resigned its position as a World powerBut isn’t it a realistic take by Cameron on the present day state of affairs? Why stretch yourself?These shrill proclamations about being a Superpower or a SuperEconomy reminds me of a Margaret Thatcher uote'Power is like being a lady if you have to tell people you are you aren't'The portion of the book which talks of the ‘Future of the World’ given in the cover is covered in flat last five pages of the book; And of course the 'future' is nice and rosy with China playing ball with the benevolent democratic Superpowers of US and IndiaZakaria’s take on the book is most apt‘A refreshing optimistic account of the future’It is optimistic alright So the book is not about Economics PeriodSo then what is the book about?Well the book mostly ambles down the history lane actuallyThere are interesting tidbits on the analogies of the rise of US and India And how as Democratic powers we should wield our moral authority lecture on freedom and rule of law and generally get China to tow our lineThe author's complete faith in India's 'Moral Superiority' over China since we are a democracy and they an Authoritarian regime is almost Nehruvian in its idealism Sample a few passages from the bookAs China’s arrogance grew so too did India’s willingness toforgo its historic policy of non alignment and take a stand muchto the delight of Western leaders India’s support was becoming increasingly important in managing China’s explosive rise The rare earth outburst helped define India’s evolving role as a global lynchpin—a dependable peacemaker belonging eually to Asia and to the borderless union of liberal democraciesWhile much of the world drifts towards democracy—up to 60 per cent of all nations by Pei's count—China remainsfirmly committed to a one party authoritarian state limiting itspool of potential allies to friendly but isolated socialist states likeVenezuela or Cuba Even former Cold War allies like Romaniaand Albania have turned their backs on China setting their sightsinstead on the WestDemocratic Delhi by contrast has adopted a much uieter ingratiating and less self serving approach to diplomacyallowing it to foster long term partnerships all over the worldWhile China is looking for immediate gratification India is playing a much longer gameReserved and respectful it inspires fear in no one with the possible exception of arch rival Pakistan India's great advantage is that barring certain perceptions in our immediate neighbourhood it is not seen as a threatening powerIts power has often been the power of its example The world recognizes that it needs India to succeedPost the collapse of Arab Spring and witnessing the current chaos reigning in Ira and Afghanistan one might conjecture that Democracy is not the 'one size that fits for all' miracle solution Raghav Bahl harbors no such cynicism or doubts whatsoever He sees India to be on top of the heap soon enough and as good Indians one shouldn't shake his faithRead the book for its good vignettes and anecdotes on Indian History

  2. says:

    A comprehensive and objective analysis of the super economies trinity made up of India China and US It explores how India and US were always destined to be the natural allies because of the shared democratic values multiculturalism and pluralism and the victims of colonial rule Wrong policy choices and excessive paranoia towards capitalism kept the US at a distance over the years But thankfully under the new leadership of Modi things are looking and upbeatIt highlights the core competencies India has in terms of the soft power that makes her endearing to the rest of the world This is in contrast with China who are seen as a powerful bully than an affable partner It also underlines the crucial role Modi can and should play in making India the powerhouse of Asia and in taking the US friendship to the new levels so as to keep the rising might and hostility of China in check

  3. says:

    An interesting read for anyone wanting to know the exact Geo political relations between the current superpower and it's nearest competitors The author takes a lot of efforts to take you through the historical and cultural connection that bind US and India the triggers that catapulted China and India on a global stage and the bellicose stance of the Chinese leadership However the takeaway remains that in the era of global trade and interlinked economies there are no permanent enemies or friends That is what differentiates this age from the cold war era Presented simply in an objective manner the book takes you for a ride through history as well as cultures and the reasons that drive the differences and similarities in these three nations

  4. says:

    An excellent book on the relationship similarities and dissimilarities between India China and US Why these large nations behave the way they behave ? What is common between the largest and oldest democracy in the world It is a very well researched book with a very fluid writing style A must read for a person optimistic on India

  5. says:

    Apart from Raghav Bahl's thinly veiled Indian supremacism SuperEconomies is a interesting book It's also a useful comparative history lesson East India Company's activities in India and US and the rise of the Boston Tea Party the South China Sea issues etc Moderately good one time read

  6. says:

    The book is a delicacy for all those who love to read about the ongoing current affairs in international politics political sciences etc Though in some areas the author tends to give unnecessary information about the migrant as well as cultural history of Indians overall a must read

  7. says:

    Better to read Op eds

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