It doesn't help that the news is rife with stories about how India is home to gang-rapes, honor killings (take that, Pakistan!) and spousal abuse. Hard to get a warm feeling about a country which has so little regard for human life. The carnage on India's railroads alone makes our roadways look relatively safe.
Yes, we have the world's largest military - larger than the next eight combined. How do you think this happened? By being socialist? Hell, no, we make a lot of money, because we have an economy that is unfettered by socialism. And as a result, we can spend about 3.3% of our GDP and it dwarfs that of China and Russia and six other countries combined because we have a fucking huge GDP.
And yet, if we turned isolationist - as many on the Left and Right both want to do - the rest of the world would then pile on about how we are not living up to our responsibilities as a "world power". You can see that being #1 is a lose-lose situation. Sometimes, I think a lot of people in the United States would love it if China, or Russia, or even India, became the next dominate superpower, so we could sit on the sidelines and make snide comments and take pot-shots. Because, let's face it, that's a whole lot more fun to do!
But if China, Russia, or India are to become the predominate world superpowers, they are not going to achieve this with their current forms of government or current economic models. What drives America to be predominate over the rest of the world is the freedom we have here to become fabulously wealthy, as unfair as it is. This in turn drives our industry and business. And it creates a population who, by and large, is committed to the system we have. And that right there is why Russian Troll Farms - and now Indian Troll Farms want to tear us down by promoting socialistic and communist ideals such as doubling the minimum wage, forgiving student loan debt, guaranteed minimum income, and socialized medicine.
They have largely succeeded in Europe already, which has turned many European countries inward-looking. No longer the home of big ideas and big goals, it seems that to many in Europe, the main issue these days is how to best treat their bums - and by that, I don't mean their derriere's. When government devolves into how to best slice up the pie, government fails, as the pie will get smaller and smaller when people merely wait for their piece of it, rather than make their own.
India is a powerhouse economy waiting to be unleashed. I have said this all along - that the US auto industry has had a respite from its troubles, but as soon as Chinese and Indian-made cars arrive on our soil, we will be right back where we started, with major US car companies going bankrupt - first Fiat-Chrysler, perhaps next Ford. And already Chinese and Indian-made cars are being imported by the big-3, just as the big-3 first imported Japanese and later Korean cars and re-badged them.
But long-term, creating a robust economy requires that a system be in place that not only allows people the opportunity to succeed, but punishes those who fail or who choose not to make the effort. The carrot of wealth is only half of the motivation, the stick of poverty is the other half.
As harsh as that sounds, though, people still flock to this country to find work or to settle down and raise a family. As "unfair" as Capitalism is, it still remains better than other systems tried in other countries. And the evidence is in the huge number of people immigrating to this country, and the very few migrating away.
So, no sale. Socialism and Communism sucks. And if anything is keeping India back, it is the idea that these tired old policies are workable solutions. Even China seems to have figured that out!