Ramachandra Guha – Ten Reasons why India will not and must not become a Superpower

Presented by International Development Research Centre and co-hosted by UBC and the Canada-India Foundation.

There has been much talk of a coming Asian century, to be dominated by the economic strength and political assertion of China and India. This talk will critically scrutinize the claims made on behalf of India, and in particular the belief, held by some Westerners and perhaps by many Indians, that India is a coming superpower. It will acknowledge the durability, against the odds, of India’s national unity and of its democracy. It will appreciate the recent surge in economic growth. At the same time, it will provide a critical analysis of the deep fault-lines within Indian society, politics, economics, and culture, to conclude that the talk of India’s imminent rise to superstardom is highly premature. Ramachandra Guha is a historian and biographer based in Bangalore. Now a full-time writer, he has previously taught at the universities of Yale and Stanford, held the Arné Naess Chair at the University of Oslo, and been the Indo-American Community Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

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