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A List To Remember

India is the most important county most westerners know the least about — a reflection in part on the Eurocentrism of establishment media which follows every twist and turn of European politics but only looks at India when something blows up.

From the Indian Express comes a list of the ten most powerful people in India today.  Three of them are women and one is the fourth-richest man in the world.  My advice: read the list and remember the list.

Students especially take note: plenty of people in your generation are studying Mandarin and preparing for China-linked careers.  It makes sense — but India is an equally vast opportunity, and many fewer people are thinking about it.  Study India, learn one of the important Indian languages, visit India and hang out with Indian expats and Indian students in your school.

You can steal a march on the competition and prepare yourself for a rewarding career.  You will also have fun and eat some excellent food.

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  • stuart

    Professor, I have been telling people for quite a while that India has far more promise than China. It’s not sitting on a demographic time bomb with an aging population the way China is as a result of the “one child” policy. Its lingua franca is English. It has a common law legal system. And, to my mind most important, unlike China it is a free country. That is really, really important.

    If it can just overcome some of the hangover from the heavily bureaucratized socialist claptrap it followed until a few years ago (and keep loosening some of the social stratification), India will be a powerhouse.

  • RedWell

    Maybe… but 1) most educated Indians speak English while local languages can vary widely, so there’s no great incentive to study “Indian,” and 2) India still seems to lack an ability to build infrastructure and reliable bureaucracy, both of which will hobble the state in a race with China.

  • David Hoffman

    I wonder about China’s ability to build infrastructure and a reliable bureaucracy.

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