Every now and then we hear this that India will be a super power. First time (I remember) I heard it was about 1998 when Pokhran test was successfully conducted and India declared itself as nuclear power. The next I heard was when IT was booming (it could be still) but then Hyderabad was asked to be Cyberabad and not proposed Capital of Telanagana (may be I never read it before). Below is my take on India (ever) being a super power. Rupee is falling day by day and in newspaper we read a standard template “Rupee falls a new low. Drops … in a day”. Government may be doing something about it but what common public hears is a new policy, a new corruption, a new issue to fight over.
Why am I writing it now? I’m no economist, I’m no IIT-ian turned IIM grad turned something else. I’m just a commoner who faces the daily life. To give a background, some days back I was travelling in a bus (Delhi Transport Corporation), the driver asked anyone for so-and-so stop. I responded, yes and the bus slowed down at left most lane but not inside bay of bus stop, so that it can reach faster to next stop. I had to get down as it was quite evident he won’t stop. A car trying to overtake from left (and was inside the bay of bus stop) was just a meter away from hitting me (good brakes I would say) and I had to squeeze myself from being run over by either the car or the bus I boarded. I asked the guy, please do not overtake from left, it’s not the overtaking lane. The guy said “It’s not my fault bus stopped in middle” (Middle!!! Dude it’s you who’s in bus stop bay bus is still on left most lane). I had to say, the bus driver did wrong but still overtaking from left is not allowed and walked off. The guy started calling me from back and started saying “idhar aao batata hun (come here, I’ll tell you)”. I said, when you are overtaking from left then I don’t need to tell you anything and went off for my destination. There is no point of arguing with a person who doesn’t know the basic traffic rule of India. That’s when I realized are these people going to make India a superpower? May be but by civic sense we have travelled so backward that it might take another century to turn back.