On Youtube, recording of the debate on “wIll India be a super power?”

For those who missed out on the above debate and are interested…

About Bharat Karnad

Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, he was Member of the (1st) National Security Advisory Board and the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group, and author, among other books of, 'Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy', 'India's Nuclear Policy' and most recently, 'Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)'. Educated at the University of California (undergrad and grad), he was Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
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13 Responses to On Youtube, recording of the debate on “wIll India be a super power?”

  1. Marco A Ciaccia says:

    Thanks a lot!

  2. Nawaharlal Jehru says:

    Sir, you have been critical of the Indian govt’s and the military’s approach to the Ladakh issue. But isn’t it a ”If not modi, then who?” situation? Could the UPA regime have handled the crisis any better ?

  3. San Mann says:

    I say again that “superpower” is an ego-stroking phrase coined by smaller countries to sucker a bigger and more powerful country into fighting their battles for them. No country should want to become a “superpower”. China has never embraced the phrase, even while continuing to grow its power to overtake the United States.


    Well I think being a “super power” matters more to the 1 percent elite of this country. What benefits should being a “super power” achieve for common citizens of this country ?

    The US has been a hyper power for now close to 3 decades yet for the 50 to 80 percent Americans life means living paycheque to paycheque with no substantial income growth for close to last 4 decades now. When the Covid struck , common Americans have been struck hardest without any recourse to improvement.

    Moreover the biggest lesson of history for last 5 millenniums has been that each and every superpower’s reign has to come to an end. Once the superpower’s reign comes to an end, the rest of the population has to struggle to make ends meet for many generations to come.

    So I support Mr Karnad on this argument.

    Thanks and regards with best wishes

  5. Amit says:

    I thought this was a very thoughtful article on how US can support building India’s capabilities to stand up to China. Increasingly, I’m reading more such articles of support for the US-India relationship, more than articles which argue to leave India out of its orbit. This one was well written IMHO.


  6. BHASKAR says:

    Do you think that it’s now a lost cause in Ladakh unless we up the ante?
    As the writer mentions in the link, the stand alone agreement was a mistake.
    Is there any other way left?

    • I had from the begining of the fracas warned against any agreement that did not fully restore the status quo ante which, alas was only Jaishankar’s rhetorical position.


    Wonderful viewpoints shared by Mr Karnad and all the rest of the participants. Coming back to the terrorist attack in quetta , Pakistan, why do you think India-backed TTP tried to assassinate the Chinese ambassador in Pakistan ? Did they just want to stop CPEC or any Afghanistan-related end game is there ?

  8. PRATIK KUMAR says:

    Sir it’s really bizarre that Abhijit didn’t say a word against LCA Tejas when you mentioned about it as he is one of the biggest opponents of LCA. Anyways it was an amazing discussion.

  9. Vaara says:

    Can we have one on one with Abhijit iyer Mitra , a showdown on tejas,China, USA, industrialization would be a good start.
    Maybe CPR can organize one YouTube session or something

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