Is Dr Kalam’s prediction still possible?
EVENT DATE : 18 APRIL 2021
In 2009 Hillary Clinton called India "not just a regional power, but a global power". Following year US President Barack Obama said “India is not just a rising power, it has already risen.” Over the ensuing decade Indians have come to believe their ascendance to superpower status is inevitable. However the economic growth has not kept pace with the predictions and India has become increasingly occupied with domestic issues to play a significant role at the international stage. Further we have struggled to keep up with the rapid technological breakthroughs such as Artificial Intelligence, Drone Warfare, 3D Printing, 5G and Blockchain taking place outside India.
Would our demographic advantage alone be sufficient in propelling us to superpower status? Or is it time we give up on that dream?