India will be a superpower in 2020. Our industrialists and political leaders repeat the line so many times. This time it came from a German survey. The result of a worldwide representative survey by the German Bertelsmann Stiftung says that three-fourth of Indians see themselves as a super power in 2020.
In distinction, 57 % see the USA as world power, followed by 55 % for China, 32 % for Japan, 30 % for the EU and 26 % for Russia. India ranks sixth but above the UN, and the countries like UK, Germany, France, and Brazil.
Presently 12 % of surveyed people rank India as great power. But if counts in India, the percentage goes to 39 %. ‘Mera Bharat Mahan’ element knocks the heart of India every time.
People say, in this survey, about the USPs of being a super power. You can find here many more data. Professor Werner Weidenfeld, member of the board of directors for the Bertelsmann Stiftung says, People all around the world think that the power of USA will disappear in the future.
However consider this: growth without employment, rising levels of income disparity, pollution, overpopulation, environmental disaters, over use of natural resources, hot & angry cities, hot & angry villages – what is there to be happy about?
Cynics might say this superpower thing is just a quick-fix mantra for the ever-aspiring midle class who are ever-willing to put on the blinders and ignore the rest of the world around them.