While the world has been focused on China, India has been rising as an economic power. I am in the early phases of reading Palnet India by Mira Kamdar.
India is the worlds youngest nation while Europe, Japan and America are growing old
half of India's population is under twenty five. While much of the American attention remains focused on Europe the future of the world rests in events in India
There has been an ongoing rant that has been on this blog since its inceptions. We are Americans and we are a can do people. This spirit of can do is what makes us different from many other nations. This can do spirit is alive and well in the Indian corporate sector. Indian engineers talk of building a car that can be produced for two thousand dollars. In the USA the saftey features alone cost two thousand dollars.
India faces many problems including an armed rebelion by Commies that has 20,000 in arms. That number is not significant given the huge size of India. However India faces severe problems with water shortages, AIDS, Poverty. The can do spirit of eutrepeneurialism will be faced with the problem of low cost AIDS drugs.
India also has a large Muslim population and has border issues with Pakistan. However, the contrast between the two nations could not be greater. Pakistan is an ethnically cleansed country that depends on remitances. India ia an emerging superpower a multiethnic democracy with a first class educational system. Their students excell and ours read the polical musings of an incoherent linguistics professor.