By S. Sivathasan –
One cannot easily say how best to describe India and China. Two countries, nations both ancient and great, civilizations that have led the world or powers to dazzle the future and illumine the path to humanity. Their mission to the peoples of the world is certainly unmistakable.
However great the idealistic side is as a fount of the future, the material base has to be in place. The struggle in the last century was to capture the opportunity. The titanic effort to secure it engages much of the energies of the two nations now. Through sheer size and weight they are going to rank first and second in the world by 2050. But how close are they going to be? Unlikely to be anywhere near is what performance of the recent past suggests for an assessment of the future.
By what criteria one may ask. Through incontrovertible figures is what the writer would urge. To set a discussion moving, some helpful data are provided.
China and India are said to become No. 1 & 2 Powers or Economies in the world. By what criteria and how close to one another is not clearly known. The writer refrains from expressing an opinion. The readership may comment. If emotions are eschewed and rational approaches are chosen, we may get into some clear terrain.