Op-Ed: India’s Soft Power: Prospects and Limitations


India, along with China, is one of the ascendant economic powers of the 21st century, so it is only natural that attention be paid to its soft power potential. India’s demographic evolution – a predominantly young population, its widespread diaspora, rapid economic growth, and its increasing military strength have all been cited as reasons for its emergence. India is home to very diverse cultures, languages, climates, and landscapes. Moreover, it is one of the oldest countries in the world and has a rich syncretic religious heritage. All of these factors are potential soft power resources.

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