India is beginning to think like a great power—or at least some Indians are trying to stimulate that kind of thinking. Here’s Sashi Tharoor, Indian MP:
If this century has, in the famous phrase, made the world safe for democracy, the next challenge is to make a world safe for diversity. It is in India’s interest to ensure that the world as a whole must reflect the idea that is already familiar to all Indians-that it shouldn’t matter what the colour of your skin is, the kind of food you eat, the sounds you make when you speak, the God you choose to worship (or not), so long as you want to play by the same rules as everybody else, and dream the same dreams. . . .This is a huge challenge, and one to which India must rise. . . .We can do it. India is turning increasingly outward as a result of our new economic profile on the global stage, our more dispersed interests around the world, and the reality that other countries, in our neighbourhood as well as in Africa, are looking to us for support and security.
This is a vision of India’s role in the world that fits well with much of what the U.S. would like to see, and suggests that Indian-U.S. common interests go far beyond our mutual concerns about China.