India is rapidly growing to become one of the preeminent economic powerhouses on the planet, predictions by various analysts suggest that India shall become a4 trillion$ economy by 2020,a 5-7$ trillion economy by 2025 and a 40+trillion $ economy by 2050. This shall have an immense impact in how India as a nation interacts with the world both in the cultural, economic and geopolitical spheres. This thread is designed to help us understand the implications of and possibilities of that rise . http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/jan/07/gdp-projections-china-us-uk-brazil http://www.dnb.co.in/India2020economyoutlook/Macro_Economic_Outlook2020.asp I believe that the greatest impact shall be in the near abroad as India becomes a industrial hub that supplies goods to the entire region(naturally barring Pakistan until the Pakistanis can decide on trade). The Madhesi issue and others shall be relelgrated to the past as Indian Investment in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan shall accelerate.A pan Sub continental Transit Network where a Nepali trucker can essentially drive all the way to Tutucorin to then board a RORO vessel for Colombo should be in place by the end of 2030 at least, this and other measures such as a subcontinental energy grid possibly fed by Bangladeshi gas could well become a reality by then. India would also accelerate engagement with Africa and SE Asia Becoming a Transhipment hub for material flowing from Asia to Africa and Vice Versa. Expect many more Indo-African summits and ASEAN summits to take place in Indian in the interim. I suspect our relationship will China shall improve as trade via new road and rail links from China to Kolkata via the NE and from China to Delhi via Nepal are built and used, it shall however still remain tenuous on some issues. There are many more areas and regions to be discussed in depth ,looking for your inputs on this as well. P.S i would request all members to engage in polite discussion on this thread would going into hyperbole or name calling.