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  1. Could not agree more.
    I would go one step further and suggest that India must be able to address its economic concerns without any American assistance. Indian success in doing so would be the catalyst for a genuine American interest in India.

    As of now, the Americans are only interested in India opening up its lucrative retail, Insurance and financial sector to them, but no technology transfer or co-production. They are interested to sell potato chips, not computer chips.

  2. The problem with India is that it is an incredibly disorganized and divided state. You’d be hard felt to find a country where people hate each other as much as they do in India. China, on the other hand, despite not being democratic, is not pulled back by ridiculous social differences and has a stronger national identity, which has allowed it to develop an economy almost three times that of India, despite having roughly the same population.

    India must embrace free market economics and social tolerance if it is to succeed. Or else it will continue to be an “almost” superpower forever. While China is right about there.

    It is a shame because you would have wanted India, as the democracy between the two, to be the more successful one.

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