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Herc the Merc    12/2/2006 3:19:56 PM
India consumed by superpower mania: Report [ 1 Dec, 2006 2356hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ] RSS Feeds| SMS NEWS to 8888 for latest updates NEW DELHI: India is consumed with the idea of becoming a superpower, says a report published in the International Herald Tribune. "An obsessive conviction that India is destined for internat-ional supremacy is spreading fast," the Paris-based daily says. The November 22 report says that there has been a rush to invest India with nascent superpower status in the past few years. It says that banks, CIA reports as well as visiting foreign dignitaries, all acknowledge India's march to international glory. The point is buttressed quoting an ISRO official who says that India's plans to send an astronaut to the Moon in the next 10 years and that a successful mission will give the country superpower status. The report reaffirms the point by taking note of a logo, Global Indian Takeover, published in The Times of India with every article that indicates India's growing international presence and rising stature in every walk of life. According to IHT, top politicians are the only ones with a cautionary tone. "The only people with an aversion to these superpower predictions seem to be India's most senior leaders," writes Amelia Gentleman in the report titled, "Letter from India: India can't wait to put the 'super' before 'power'." The report quotes recent speeches by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to state that the nation's top leaders do not share the same exuberant mood. It quotes Gandhi as saying at a conference titled "India: The Next Global Superpower?", "Let us not get too obsessed with acquiring 'superpower' status. I am somewhat uneasy with the very word 'superpower.' For too many of us, it evokes images of hegemony, of aggression, of power politics, of military might, of division and conflict." The report further quotes Gandhi as asking, "Do we not feel confident enough?" and then comments, "Here she struck at the heart of the issue — an overwhelming desire to boast of success hints at insecurity and defensiveness." The IHT report observes that "Gandhi appeared embarrassed by the mood of triumphalism about India's economic transformation, pointing out that while India was a 'country of dazzling prosperity' it was also a country of 'dehumanizing poverty'." The report also states that Prime Minister Singh followed a line similar to the Congress president. "With customary honesty, he too outlined the many obstacles to these dreams of superpower glory — the educational system, a failing public health service and a shortage of vital energy resources," says the report. It concludes saying that the words of wisdom doesn't seem to have much much sobering effect. The last para says: "Revealing proposals to build the world's tallest tower block outside Delhi, an architect announced: 'It is about status. It is about glorification. It is high time that people started realizing that we too are a great nation.' The drumbeat of superpower mania goes on."
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Herc the Merc       12/4/2006 1:42:41 PM
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LONDON: India's Generation Next leads the world's young, along with the Kenyans in wanting to emigrate and secure a better future, a BBC global survey of 15 to 17-year-olds in 10 cities has found.

Today's youth also appeared to thirst for a world without borders, with four out of five respondents telling the survey people should be able to live in any country they choose.

Overall, two-thirds of 3,000 representatives of Generation Next in New York, Nairobi, Cairo, Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, Baghdad, Delhi, Jakarta, Moscow and London said they would happily leave their mother country and emigrate. An alarmingly high number, one in seven, said they would even risk their life to reach another country.

Indians and Kenyans led the list of potential New Age émigrés with 81 per cent respectively displaying a marked desire to be world citizens rather than stay-at-home wage-earners.

Somewhat surprisingly, however, Baghdad's youth movingly attested to a firm desire to stay home despite the high levels of violence that leave Iraq bloodied every day. Half of all Baghdad's youth emphatically said they would not emigrate, which the BBC said was the biggest negative response to the question of all the 10 cities.

Analysts said the survey underlined the narrowing distance between the developed and developing world Generation Next attitudes to big-ticket issues such as immigration, quality of life and mobility. Young people everywhere, overall, are seen to display a strong desire to be highly mobile, the survey found.
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