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Making India Great



‘As an Indian, like millions of others, I too grew up believing in the inevitability of India achieving great power status. But countries become great powers, not by wishing alone. 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? This book looks at why the methodical development of the wherewithal of global power has proven difficult for India. India’s promise is enormous. Yet 73 years after independence, India has yet to fulfil its potential. 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.

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.’ – Aparna Pande

‘What is holding India back from becoming a global power? As Aparna Pande points out perceptively in Making India Great, the problem probably lies in the gap between the dreams and ambitions of becoming a ‘great’ nation, and the willingness and ability to formulate and implement policies that would be consonant with that goal. 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.’ – Udayan Mitra, Publisher

About the book

India will be the world’s most populous country by 2024 and its third largest economy by 2028. But the size of our population and a sense of historical greatness alone are insufficient to guarantee that we will fulfil our ambition to become a global power. Our approach to realize this vision needs more than just planning for economic growth. It requires a shift in attitudes.

In Making India Great, Aparna Pande examines the challenges we face in the areas of social, economic, military and foreign policy and strategy. She brings to light the dichotomy that lies at the heart of the nation: our belief in becoming a global power and the reluctance to consistently implement policies and take actions that would help us achieve that goal.

The New India holds all the promise of greatness that many of its citizens dream of. Can it become a reality? The bookdelves deep into this question.

About the author
Dr Aparna Pande is director of the Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia at the Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C.

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 (Routledge, 2010) and is the editor of Contemporary Handbook on Pakistan (Routledge, 2017).

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