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India is the world’s largest democracy and many believe it to be the world’s next superpower. But how much do really know about India?

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India: The next superpower?
Fortune – http://fortune.com/2015/01/25/india-the-next-superpower/
“A year ago, India’s future looked bleak. Anemic economic growth, inflationary fears, and a lack of credible leadership in New Delhi had fostered uncertainty and pessimism. That changed dramatically when Narendra Modi became Prime Minister on the promise of reforming India’s government and jumpstarting its floundering economy.”

A New Chapter for America and India
New York Times – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/28/opinion/a-new-chapter-for-america-and-india.html?_r=0
“After years of near misses and unfulfilled promises, President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India appear to have set relations between their democracies on a deeper, perhaps even revolutionary, path.”

70% Indians live in rural areas: Census
Standard Business – http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/70-indians-live-in-rural-areas-census-111071500171_1.html
“Nearly 70% of the country’s population lives in rural areas where, for the first time since Independence, the overall growth rate of population has sharply declined, according to the latest Census.”

India census says 1 in 6 lives in unsanitary slums
CBC News – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/india-census-says-1-in-6-lives-in-unsanitary-slums-1.1403897
“About one in six Indian city residents lives in an urban slum with unsanitary conditions that are “unfit for human habitation,” according to the first complete census of India’s vast slum population.”

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