Is India Really and Emerging Super Power?

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India: a land of high human capital, rich culture and a growing economy. Yet, is it, as the topic claims, a growing super power? It is this papers firm belief that India is a rising super power, and will, in a few short years, surpass the USA and China. In this essay, I will explore the relevance of the above statement and evaluate how valid it is. This essays main argument is centred on the society and economy of India.

India’s economy is growing strong and at an extremely rapid pace. However, it is still a developing country, because of the poverty scattered about the country. 11.8% of all people in India fall below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 per day. This is as indicated below.

As shown on the map, we can see a heavy level of poverty in the North and North West. This is further affirmed by one of the poorest provinces in India, Bihar, being situated on the boarder of Nepal in the north. 81.4% of the population in this province is critically poor.

However, we are also seeing a strong middle class of educated workers. In fact, the middle class of India is of equal size to the whole population of the United States (250 million by 2015). But how can this be so, with so many of their population living under the poverty line?

A mixture of speedy urbanisation and a growing work force may provide answers to the rapidly growing economy and middle class. Half of India’s population are under 25, and an approximate 12-15 million workers is added to its labour sector every year. The people who live in poverty are being employed, which leads to more middle class and a more educated society. This of course supplements the growing economy, and in turn, boosts India on its way to becoming a super power.

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