Can India’s dream of becoming a superpower, become real? Aparna Pande in her new book



For many Indians, India becoming a global superpower is an inevitable reality. But when and what goes in to making India a superpower is an endless debate that has been going on for decades.

Aparna Pande, the director of the Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia at the Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C., too grew up believing in the inevitability of India achieving great power status. But like everyone, she too realized that discovered that just thinking alone doesn’t make it happen.

In her upcoming book, “Making India Great The Promise Of A Reluctant Global Power”, she points out the problem that lies in the gap between the dreams and ambitions, and the willingness and ability.

“My book analyses what holds India back and what could make it great. At a time when many around the world would like to see India play a greater role not just in South Asia but also Asia, why is being a great power still beyond India’s grasp,” she said.

The book looks at what, why and how the methods that were implemented since India’s independence haven’t shown the desired results. It talks about how India’s great potential hasn’t been fully utilized.

In every arena, social, economic, human capital, military, and foreign policy, India has multiple opportunities to move forward and yet there are innumerable challenges that hold India back. The answer lies in the need for a shift in attitudes.

“My book seeks to explain the dichotomy that lies at the heart of India: the belief in being a great power and yet the reluctance to consistently implement policies and take actions that would help India achieve its goals,” Pande said.

“This is a thought-provoking new book pinpointing where India sometimes falters strategically, from a subject expert; it will be a fascinating read for anyone who looks at India from a policy perspective,” HarperCollins Publisher Udayan Mitra said.

A country like India with diversity like no other cannot emulate another country’s success formula. It has to create its own. It has to take a bold leap that its countrymen are seeking but are afraid to take. The New India holds all the promise of greatness many of its citizens dream of. Yet for it to become a reality still remains a dream.

Born in India, Pande received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in History from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, before receiving an M.Phil in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at Boston University in the United States.

She is the author of “From Chanakya to Modi” (HarperCollins, 2017), “Explaining Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: Escaping India” and is the editor of “Contemporary Handbook on Pakistan”.