On Tuesday, Quintillion Media founder Raghav Bahl met with President Pranab Mukherjee to present him with his book, SuperEconomies. Bahl’s book draws on history, current affairs and political analyses to project how India can soon become a world leader and help secure a future of peace and prosperity for all.
In the introduction to the book, Bahl writes:
Global shifts are born of great turmoil. The six-year span of the Second World War rearranged the geopolitical landscape to produce the Age of Superpowers...
The great conflict between the Soviet bloc and the US and its NATO allies was primarily ideological – Communism versus democracy – but it played out largely militarily, through the nuclear arms race that came to define the Cold War. Only when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 did the Cold War end and, with it, the bipolar Superpower era. For a time, America reigned supreme...
And as the Soviets collapsed, the Age of Superpowers ended with the 20th Century.
The 21st Century began with the decimation of the World Trade Centre towers on 9/11; seven years later, on 15/11, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, triggering another tectonic power shift. Then America began to recover, China levelled off, and India continued to rise – in the new Age of SuperEconomies.
What the Superpowers achieved with missiles and warships, the Super Economies seek to achieve with economic leadership: organising multilateral dialogues, setting the terms of inter-country engagement, and using tough negotiations to establish everything from exchange rates to climate policy. In the Age of the SuperEconomies, the path to success lies in cooperation, not domination.
Praise for the Book
The book has been praised widely by businesspeople, ministers, and big-wigs from the technology sector, among others.
Ruchir Sharma, Head of Emerging Markets at Morgan Stanley and Author, Breakout Nations In ‘SuperEconomies’, Raghav Bahl makes a provocative case for how an emerging axis of the major democracies – America’s might combined with India’s potential might – could counteract the rise of China in the coming years. It’s an optimistic vision in a world shadowed by post-crisis gloom, and seems particularly timely at a moment when the leaders of India and the US are cementing a genuine friendship.Jim O’Neill, Former Chairman of Goldman Sachs and Father of the BRICS concept This book provides a fresh and insightful take on the world that gave rise to the BRICS acronym, and offers a thought-provoking glimpse of the ways in which it might evolve. Fareed Zakaria, CNN Anchor and Author, The Post–American World Raghav Bahl has written a perceptive book about the emerging geopolitics of the globe. He integrates economics and politics into his analysis, which is marked by intelligence, common sense and lucid prose. All in all, a refreshing, optimistic account of the future. Sunil Mittal, CEO, Bharti Enterprises A well-researched and analytical account of the future of global power dynamics and the dominant role SuperEconomies are set to play in this evolution. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament and former Under Secretary General of the United NationsWell researched, impressively structured and compellingly argued, Raghav Bahl’s ‘SuperEconomies’ makes an insightful argument fir the evolution and dominance of the US, China and India in the first half of the twenty-first century. Mr Bahl marshals his material well and writes fluidly. A book that succeeds in being both interesting and instructive.