AUCKLAND: India as a Rising Power: Opportunities and Constraints in the 21st Century
Thursday, 23 May 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Clock Tower Building, Room 39 [Basement], University of Auckland, Princes Street, Auckland

SPEAKER: Professor T.V. Paul, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

In its 71-year existence as an independent state, India has achieved much in fulfilling the dreams of Jawaharlal Nehru and his successors in obtaining global status.   Yet the quest is still unfinished.    Critical questions need to be faced:

  • Why has the leadership believed that the country has a destiny to rise as a global power?
  • What hard and soft power markers encourage them to so think?
  • Despite stated and unstated ambitions, why has the larger bureaucratic and political elite not worked hard enough for success?
  • What external and internal factors constrain this quest?
  • What opportunities has it obtained, and which has it missed?

 Professor Paul will hazard an estimate of what the future holds for the elevation of India’s status.