Commonwealth National Podcast

India: On the Road Toward Superpower?


India: On the Road Toward Superpower?

Sabeer Bhatia, Co-founder, Hotmail and; Entrepreneur
Rafiq Dossani, Ph.D., Senior Research Scholar; Executive Director, South Asia Initiative
Kanwal Rekhi, Managing Director, Inventus Capital Partners; Venture Capitalist; Philanthropist
Ananya Roy, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Academic Affairs International & Area Studies, UC Berkeley

As terror seizes Mumbai, the government of India stands on shaky political grounds. The authorities’ inability to protect the country from terror attacks has left the public outraged, and heated political debates over security policy have taken center stage for the coming election in May 2009. With the resignation of many top officials, can the ruling Indian National Congress survive this massacre? From the recent turmoil, India now faces several challenges as the country rises up as one of the main players in global affairs. As India’s population grows to more than a billion, it has much to offer. With a booming middle class, a strong military establishment, and increasing strides in technology, what is keeping India from achieving superpower status? Experts weigh in on the obstacles that stand in the way of this Asian giant emerging as a political, economic and military powerhouse.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience on December 11, 2008