Raghav Bahl Launches His First Book
The book ‘Superpower? The Amazing Race between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise’ gives insights into the two Asian powers.
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | August 18, 2010
Is India ready for superpower status? Or are we irretrievably behind in the game of catch-up with China? What are our key strengths and weaknesses, and what unique things do we have to contribute to the global community in the 21st century?
Network18 Managing Editor Raghav Bahl answers these questions in his first book ’Superpower? The Amazing Race between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise’
In a gala launch ceremony held at Taj Palace in New Delhi, ‘Superpower? The Amazing Race between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise
was launched yesterday by Kamal Nath, Minister of Surface and Road Transport; Nandan Nilekani, author, entrepreneur and Head of UID project; Bimal Jalan, S Damodaran, and Shekhar Gupta. The book has been published by Penguin Books India while its Hindi edition is published by Prabhat Prakashan.
Speaking at the launch, Kamal Nath
said, “It is not a fight between India and China for becoming the superpower, rather we should go hand in hand to achieve the superpower status in the world. India lacks infrastructural deficit, whereas, China has explored this area, thereby moving fast forward in the path of superpower.”
On the idea behind writing his book, Raghav Bahl
said, “Just two decades ago, India and China were on equal footing, but now see China and India, China has gone ahead of India. India’s GDP was bigger than China in 1978, but they have opened their avenues to explore their social sectors to march in the path of progress. The book is indeed a critical commentary on the political economy of India challenged by China to race her.”
Raghav added further, “China has invested 50 per cent of their GDP in infrastructure, especially, social infrastructure like health, education and agriculture, but India has not done much progress in these areas. India has lately opened up its FDI, whereas China has done it in 2000.”
With telling insights into the two Asian powers’ history, politics, economy and culture; ‘Superpower? The Amazing Race between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise’
is a brilliantly written, superbly documented, rich and comprehensive account of the race to dominance between the two neighbours. For anyone looking to understand China and India and the ways in which these two nations are about to change the history of the world, this is the book to read.