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Current affairs from India and Pakistan


Raymond Cheng



  • China's rail link to hit Indian exports - Yuxi-Mengzi rail line, linking Kunming in southwest China to Singapore in southeast Asia, will become operational by the end of this year. China also plans to build rail routes linking Kunming to Myanmar and, eventually, Bangladesh - Times of India (2012/08/27)
  • India, China push for closer defense ties - on the surface, security expert says that most of the exercises we do with the Chinese are of a very, very basic kind, they don't reveal any secrets; beneath the surface, bilateral relations remain frosty - Wall Street Journal (2012/09/05)
  • As Dragon multiplies its war toys, India plays catch-up - the Indian Army carried out in 2009 top-secret war games, codenamed Divine Matrix, aimed at analysing China's threat to the country; the conclusion: China could attack India by 2017 - Hindustan Times (2012/09/08)
  • Must read: "Why isn't India a superpower or global leader?" - fortunate for China, Mao's siblings, and even his wife(s), including Jiang Qing, as well as most of his children died young or were lost; whereas "unfortunate" (or is it?) for India, Nehru's progeny survived - Forbes (2012/10/23)

    India vs. China GDP 1950-2000

    Mohandas Gandhi Mohandas Gandhi, the preeminent Indian leader during British rule, was the great man who led India to independence via civil disobedience and non-violent means. Note that Mohandas Gandhi was NOT in any way related to either Indira or Rajiv Gandhi.

    Jawaharlal Nehru Jawaharlal Nehru, first Indian Prime Minister (1947-1964), was Mohandas Gandhi's disciple.
    Indira Gandhi Indira Gandhi, 3rd Prime Minister (1966-1977, 1980-1984), was Nehru's only child.
    Rajiv Gandhi Rajiv Gandhi, 6th Prime Minister (1984-1989), was Indira Gandhi's eldest son.

IMHO India simply didn't start their economic reform and became a so-called superpower sooner only because of the Nehru-Gandhi family influences; and I believe that is probably better (in retrospect) particularly when the term superpower merely means "veto power at UN security council + sizable population + economic growth + nuclear status" (and that the goodwill of the people is no longer there) – so just as the Forbes articles says, India is a democracy and she (only) traded away the short-term military gains for long term (and much more precious) social gains of her people – which I believe is worthy (especially when you see how China has demolished herself over the last half century, see below) - so India is indeed flourishing, slow but steady.
India vs. China GDP Growth Rates 1950-2010
India versus China: GDP 1950-2000 (above) and GDP 1950-2010 growth rates (below). Retrieved from the Forbes article by Balaji Viswanathan at, "Why isn't India a superpower or global leader?" dated October 23, 2012.


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