Cerebral Shangrila

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Interview of India's Ambassador to the US

This interview in WSJ caught my eye for a couple of reasons:

a) Not many would answer this question the way Meera did :

WSJ: Is India on the path to being a superpower?

India is not a superpower. I don't think we have aspirations to be a superpower. By virtue of our scale and the growth of our economy and the stability of institutions in India, India is poised to emerge as a significant actor in global affairs. But let us also remember that large portions of the Indian population will continue to be relatively poor. The overall scale of the economy will be huge, but per capita incomes will still be relatively low. This is a dimension which Indian politics has to take into account and be sensitive to.

b) It was good to see another woman ( after the Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao) occupying the high chair in Foreign service.

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