Third most desperate is more like it…
As US report, “Global Governance 2025″, released jointly by the US National Intelligence Council (NIC) and the European Union’s Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), ranks India closely after the US and China as the world’s third most powerful nation. Apparently, the report “illustrates what could happen over the next 25 years in terms of global governance”. In 2010, India accounts for less than 5% of global power – a questionable statistic and an invalid metric – but this percentage of global power is expected to rise in the next 15 years. This report also claims that the US will still be the world’s most powerful nation in 2025, but will have only 18% of global power (compared to 22% in 2010).
Interestingly enough, the report makes much of India’s economic prowess – funded primarily by the export of its skilled workers and by the sale of its natural resources and territory to foreign capitalists – while ignoring the political inequities and socioeconomic backwardness that pervade Indian society.
To these analysts, most of whom are employed by the CIA (which is still searching for Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar as if grasping for a needle in a haystack), the current spate of violent uprising in Kashmir (in its third month now) does not figure into India’s percieved global dominance in 2025. These analysts are also oblivious to the rampant corruption in India’s bureaucratic and political institutions, especially in the Eastern part of the country where more than a million of “Indian citizens” are up in arms against Indian Oppression – and the Centre is happy to label them “Maoists” in order to discredit them; only to find out that a similar movement has taken the reins of democratic government in Nepal.
Crime, caste and corruption are the only things that define India in the 21st century; it brings together rural India and urban India, weaving them together in a net of bigotry, racism, hatred and gender segregation. Honor killings and murder of lower-caste Indians is an entrenched norm not only in the villages, but also in hustling bustling metropolises as well. One wonders who can label India among the most powerful nations on earth when it has more beggars and poor people than all of Africa combined. Maybe it is another ‘ego boost’ akin to the one Bollywood receives abroad; but it is a ploy, a facade to fool the First World that India really has no equals in the Third World. True, India and its filth have no equal in the Third World, as English and Australian Commonwealth Games Team members have just recently found out for themselves in Delhi, the capital of “Incredible India”.
India is just desperate to monopolize all attention and attraction towards Asia and Asians, while it fails to realize that it comes off as desperate and stereotypically overwhelming. None of these appearances are good, as the recent showing of the Commonwealth Games preparations have shown.
The report perhaps also overlooks the fact that the Indians thought existing international organizations are “grossly inadequate” and worried about an “absence of an internal equilibrium in Asia to ensure stability”. They felt that India is not well positioned to help develop regional institutions for Asia given China’s preponderant role in the region. No mention is made of the bulwark that is Pakistan, which is constantly harangued for sponsoring terrorist attacks in India – whether they are in Kashmir, in Mumbai, or even in terms of a falling bridge in Delhi! Seems like some other country is slowly and steadily gaining “global power” vis-a-vis security metrics.
More worrisome is the fact that this report, written by an intelligence agency, seems to have significant overtones of bias and incorrect analysis, which is definitely the handiwork of Indian interests in various global thinktanks around the world. Of course, one can’t paint oneself in too rosy a picture, right?