Bahl’s ‘Superpower’ is insightful

Spicezee Bureau

New Delhi: Is India ready for superpower status? Or are we irretrievably behind in the game of catch-up with China? What are our key strengths and weaknesses, and what unique things do we have to contribute to the global community in the 21st century?

These are some of the questions that will be answered by Raghav Bahl in his book ‘Superpower’, which will be published by Penguin Books India. The book is already being called as one of the most definitive books on the subject.

“A unique and gripping account of the evolving geo-politics and the role of India and China in a transformational shift, this book will be of much interest to policymakers and investors alike,” says Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharti Enterprises, says the book is “insightful”

“An insightful narration on the two most talked about nations in the world today, India and China. Raghav has delved into events, both current and historical, to compare and contrast the economic environment, polity and society,” says Mittal.

KV Kamath, Chairman of ICICI Bank Ltd, praises the book as “lucid, entertaining, articulate and readable”. ‘Raghav brings to bear his unique perspective as a journalist and entrepreneur to a discussion of history, economics and politics, presenting a broad sweep of information and ideas in an immensely lucid, entertaining, articulate and readable way. Un-put-down-able!’ says Kamath.

In his career as a journalist and one of India’s top entrepreneurs, Raghav Bahl has often faced a barrage of questions from visiting businessmen bewildered by India: Why are Indian regulations so weak and confusing? Why is your foreign investment policy so restrictive? How come your hotels are wortld-class, when the road leading to them are so pot-holed? Why do you control the price of oil and cable TV? How is it that you speak such good English? Inevitably, the questions are follwed by the observations: But, you know, that’s not the way it is with China.

With telling insights into the two Asian powers’ history, politics, economy and culture, ‘Superpower?: The Amazing Race Between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise’ is a brilliantly written, superbly documented, rich and comprehensive account of the race to dominance between the two neighbours. For anyone looking to understand China and India and the ways in which these two nations are about to change the history of the world, this is the book to read.

Raghav Bahl has over twenty-two years of experience in television and journalism. He won the prestigious Sanskriti Award for journalism in 1994, and founded TV18 (now Network18 Group) in 1993. A widely admired entrepreneur, Bahl was hailed as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum and selected by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year for Business Transformation in 2007.