Can India become a superpower by 2030?

Can India become a superpower by 2030?

Corruption continues to be a leading cause of concern for India. It has also become the main issue over which the upcoming Indian elections are being fought. While fledgling anti-graft parties in the Indian scenario are seeking to capitalize on this issue, established parties are trying to launch an offensive.

The situation has become akin to the epic battle of Mahabharata with a politician recently terming the election to be a “battle for India’s soul”.

The elections are not important. The outcome is meaningless unless whichever parties that come to power takes critical steps to reverse serious problems in India. It is only then that India can become a superpower by 2030. Indian citizens are not concerned about which leader emerges victorious. They are only interested in tangible outcomes such as good roads, uninterrupted power supply, safety and security as well as economic growth.

Global investors are also concerned about these issues too. The Indian growth story will continue to remain just that… a story and not reality, unless India’s leaders and businessmen take steps to remedy the situation.


• Corruption has become a fact of life in Indian cities and towns. There are crucial concerns regarding India’s dismal ranking on corruption indices such as those provided by leading organizations such as Transparency International. Funds are siphoned off and social welfare remains a distant dream for India’s rural masses and urban slum dwellers. Money earmarked for development, anti-poverty programs, energy security and economic growth is being stashed in accounts of corrupt officials and leaders.

It is a pity that scams are unearthed only after the damage has been done and the taxpayer’s money has been spirited away by corrupt officers and politicians.

• Indian farmers are committing suicide because they are unable to repay the loans of unscrupulous moneylenders. No word has been forthcoming on this issue by any of the contestants for the political throne in India. Even latest kids on the block such as a fledgling anti-graft party are mum on this issue.

Lives are being lost and Indian farmers are facing poverty, exploitation and ruin because of the actions of thoughtless leaders and officials. The tragedy is that no corporate sector honcho or leading businessman is remotely interested in providing a solution for the problem.

Agriculture is a key sector for our country. Farmers provide raw materials that are used by large companies to make useful products. Why are our so called leaders and dashing entrepreneurs silent on this issue? Those who have the money and funds should take steps to help the farmers if they want to see India as a superpower by 2030.

• When foreign investors come to Indian shores, they see lavish buildings alongside squalid slums. This does not exactly inspire confidence in the investor that India has the capacity to become a superpower. It does not convince those who are realistic about the situation in our country either. Fodder scams and spectrum allocation scandals are only the tip of the ice-berg. The issues are deeper than this.

When a heinous rape is committed in the capital city of New Delhi and not even the Opposition or the ruling leaders take decisive action to utilize funds for helping women to live safe and secure lives, one has to step back and wonder who still has the confidence to claim that India will be a superpower by 2030, or even 2050? When a terrorist act is committed in the financial capital of Mumbai and one irresponsible minister pipes up at a press conference that “in such a big city, one or two incidents happen” and he is actually given positions of power and responsibility after issuing such a callous statement, how can India hope to achieve superpower status by 2030?


The situation is dire and unless the leading rulers wake up and take a stand, corporate India will find it very difficult to peddle the Indian growth story to foreign media and international experts. Any editorial or article in foreign newspapers about rising levels of poverty and mismanagement of funds in India is enough to convince even magnates of Indian origin abroad not to invest in India. Unless we wake up and take collective responsibility for the burdens facing our country, India’s attempt to become a superpower will be met with no success.

Political parties need to unite instead of bickering so that the best solutions can be found. Businessmen have to develop a social conscience and not just focus solely on commercial interests. India’s ability to gain superpower status by 2030 will remain an empty dream otherwise.
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  • RE: Can India become a superpower by 2030? -Bikramjit (05/31/19)
  • This is the worst essay on this point at all..
  • RE: Can India become a superpower by 2030? -Deepa Kaushik (05/08/14)
  • India can become a superpower much before 2030, in case it handles and resolves the fast growing concerns like corruption, population, poverty, literacy rate etc. in a efficient manner. The earliest the concerns gets a permanent solution, the sooner India could be called the superpower.

    It is not difficult to find the solution to the weeding troubles in India. It just requires an efficient leader, who could get the Indians back on the tract of honesty and impart moral and values to the culture which got lost with the pace of modernization.

    All the concerns in India are inter-related making a vicious circle causing a huddle to the development and emergence of our country into the list of the superpowers. With the nuclear weapon into action, the prevailing superpowers do have a respectable say for India which shows that the world understands the language of warfare rather than harmony.

    We definitely have all the resources and brilliant brains to use them efficiently provided they are given a fair chance for the same. If true Indian brilliances gets an opportunity to come into action, then India will definitely gallop all the huddles and win the race to emerge as the grand superpower.
  • Can India become a superpower by 2030? -Lubna Lakdawala (04/02/14)
  • Can India become a superpower by 2030?

    India is the world’s biggest democracy and has a strong political system. A superpower is a country with a dominant position in the international world, it has the ability to influence events and project power on a worldwide.

    India still has a long way to go to become a superpower. Can it be reached by 2030? - Seems a little doubtful in the current socio-political scenario. There are many problems like corruption discrimination etc which are still highly prevalent in India.

    India is categorized as a developing country. However, things are changing at a fast pace. India is aspiring to become an economic and technological power. It is a renowned fact that the medical school in New Delhi is perhaps the best in the world and the technical graduates of Indian Institute Of Information Technology in Bangalore are as good as any in the world. Also India has one fifty million people for whom English is their main language.

    For India to become a superpower, one of the major requirements is to have trained manpower. India is the world’s second largest country in terms of population after China. Having a huge population is a boon because population makes industry, the brains in population make the bigger and stronger companies survival to the world. Indian population is blessed with creativity. Hundreds of global companies have already set up their R&D centers in. India is also emerging as a BPO giant which is growing fast. In terms of technical superiority every third technical personnel in the world is an Indian.

    Despite its numerous achievements, there is other side of the coin too. Only clinging to the idea of being a superpower will not make it happen. There are some major constraints which pose a challenge for India to be a superpower by 2030.

    I. Poverty: It is the pervasive poverty that obstructs India's progress in every sector. It is poverty that leads to the many socio-economic problems like unemployment, and child labor.

    II. Illiteracy: Illiteracy is another challenge which hampers India’s dream to become a superpower. It is still prevalent in the rural areas especially among the older generation.

    III. "BRAIN-DRAIN": Many Indian professionals leave India every year to take jobs in Foreign countries.

    IV. Corruption: corruption is another major problem in India. It is difficult for India to become a superpower until we get rid of corruption.

    V. Infrastructure: Infrastructure is another problem for India. Basic facilities of good roads airports, railways are essential for commercial and social benefits in urban as well as rural areas.

    However, where there is a will there is a way. India has the capabilities and the resources to become a superpower. It just has to get rid of some constraints and work hard towards achieving the goal of becoming a superpower.