['In America, India is popular for its soft power and not so much for being a nuclear nation’
Vishakha Desai is the first woman president of the prestigious Asia Society and the first of Asian origin. The Indian Express: Sunday, Aug 02, 2009 ... for the average Americans there are three elements that really bring India to the forefront: first, software and outsourcing; second, the presence of Indian Americans—they have the highest per capita income and the highest education among ethnic groups—and third, with India’s economic power rising, more and more people are coming to India to look for partnership. In China everybody’s looking at cheap exports. India is not perceived like that. India is perceived as having more sophisticated tools. The IITs have big clout now. And there’s Bollywood.
[For most of history, China and India were the richest countries in the world, with the most advanced technologies and best jobs. The Industrial Revolution changed that, the best jobs moved to the West, and millions of Indian textile workers were rendered unemployed by British mills. The western labour aristocracy never complained of that shift of the best jobs from the East to the West, but cannot countenance a shift in the opposite direction... China has become the world’s biggest supplier of manufactured goods, while India has become a major exporter of computer software, back-office services and R&D . This has transformed the economies of the two most populous countries in the world, made them the fastestgrowing in the world, and helped hundreds of millions of poor people to rise out of poverty.
Swaminomics: The Pope's moral blunders on outsourcing
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With Sri Aurobindo, the leadership in philolosophy too has moved back to india, which the West is finding hard to accept. [TNM]