According to an article in the Christian Science Monitor (CSM), in comparison to China, India will be able to make international deals on critical issues such as climate change and the territorial dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir. While accepting that growth has slowed a bit during the global economic crisis, the CSM says India is poised to take-off since it is the world's largest democracy.
The Congress Party, along with its partners in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), defied expectations and won enough seats in Parliament to rule with confidence for five years.Congress Party-led reforms since 1991 have opened the economy to market forces and quadrupled the gross domestic product (GDP), enabling India to achieve 9 percent growth in recent years.
These efforts were led in large part by a humble economist, Manmohan Singh, who first showed his chops as finance minister and lately as prime minister - but one without a strong mandate. A stable, growing India is just what South Asia needs right now as smaller countries contend with political and terrorist upheavals.