December 29, 2009
WHEN WINTER FOLLOWS SPRING:
India gets younger as years go by: Once India's [ Images ] teeming numbers was thought to be a problem; today, its youth power has stood the problem on its head. Thanks to this, as 2009 passes into history, India for one is ready to ring out the old and bring in the new (Saisuresh Sivaswamy, 12/29/09, Rediff)
Today's India is vastly different from the one most of us grew up in. There is a new India that is rising, a young India that is yearning to join the international ranks of the brightest and best. And you can see this young India making its mark in every field, including those that were considered 'un-Indian' a couple of decades ago.
Who could have predicted, five years ago, that the Holy Grail of international cinema, namely the Oscar, would be won by Indians?!
Who could have guessed that India, long considered to lack the killer instinct on the field, would be crowned kings of Test cricket?!
There is a new India around us, younger than the one we have known, accompanied by youth's impetuosity and confidence, and unshackled by the baggage of the past. This is not merely a result of the statistical quirk that the bulk of India's population is under 40. Rather, it is a change in outlook where the diffident 'maybe' has been replaced by the assertive 'can-do.'
But there's a problem:
Like China--and unlike Japan and continental Europe--India's decline begins before it ever achieves fully developed status.Posted by Orrin Judd at December 29, 2009 6:43 AM