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My vote for next "super-power" candidate

July 17th, 2006 . by Darin

Everyone has been talking about China being the greatest thing since sliced bread (however not without plenty of criticism as well), but I’ve personally been a backer of India. I just don’t see China continuing the way it has been without either collapsing on itself, or going through a major change (democracy) and succeeding in a way that wouldn’t be possible for the current China. I think India has a much better shot at things.

Today I got some reaffirmation of my thoughts.

India develops bird flu vaccine [The Hindu]

NEW DELHI: The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has developed a vaccine against bird flu. This was announced here on Sunday by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar at the 77th annual general meeting of the ICAR Society.

The vaccine was developed at the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal, the only facility in the country to conduct tests for the H5N1 variant of bird flu. It was entrusted with the task of developing a vaccine by the ICAR after the Avian Influenza outbreak in February. The ICAR provided Rs. 8 crore for the purpose.

This is great news for everyone, a vaccine for the bird flu has been developed. A potential major world-scale epidemic may be averted. Do I need to remind anyone how China handled (caused) the last major health epidemic on this earth? China almost kills off the human race, and India saves the human race. Bravo. I congratulate these scientists, however I can’t get the thought of the last scientific genius that never was, Hwang, out of my head. If these guys are lying too….

But things aren’t perfect in India either. While they have one up-ed China in the human extinction department, the government has recently taken a page right out of the Chinese playbook, internet censorship. [Moneycontrol.com]

The Indian Government has issued an order to all Indian ISPs for a ban on various blogging sites. While no official release has been made on this front, the reasons being attributed to this ban range from it being a preventive measure to stop sleeper terrorist cells from accessing instructions contained in blogs, to a new measure to try and control the spread of information through blogs. The order was issued by Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The known list of blocked domains is *.blogspot.com, *.typepad.com and geocities.com/*.

Is this a response to the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai? I don’t think so, I think someone is just using those attacks as an excuse. I hope this issue gets resolved and we don’t end up with another Great Firewall.

I plan on going to India early next year for a friends wedding, I’m hoping to see an India that gives me more confidence that it is the best contender for “super-power”, but I’m not about to ignore things that say otherwise either.


7 Responses to “My vote for next "super-power" candidate”

  1. comment number 1 by: Matt

    This is great news for everyone, a vaccine for the bird flu has been developed.

    Is this statement true though? I think this is like the fouth or fifth time I have heard this kind of thing, and nothing has come of it.

  2. comment number 2 by: master beta

    I vote Korea because of their 4,000 year history

  3. comment number 3 by: Darin

    Is this statement true though? I think this is like the fouth or fifth time I have heard this kind of thing, and nothing has come of it.

    Actually, no, I’m wrong. For some reason I was thinking India was the first to develop the vaccine while in actuality they just developed their own version and now no longer need to import. There was a company from a believe a northern European country that first developed the vaccine last year. That slipped through my mind, big time, while I was writing this post. It’s my fault for posting at 6 am without sleeping at all the night before. I couldn’t get it out of my head all day at school day.

    But it still does show that India has scientific technology, however it’s not number one in the world, yet anyways.

  4. comment number 4 by: Matt

    But it still does show that India has scientific technology, however it’s not number one in the world, yet anyways.

    Perhaps India can be a ‘reverse-engineering’ super-power instead? 🙂

  5. comment number 5 by: Darin

    I don’t think they reverse engineered it though, that would be against the law. Taiwan tried to say to the original patent holder, “look, give us permission to manufacture it here and we’ll pay you for it, or we’ll just reverse engineer it and not pay you for it in order to save our people” and that was a rather big stink. I think they developed it on their own with their own research, which is why it’s so far behind, but none the less of an accomplishment.

  6. comment number 6 by: T_K

    Blocked!
    (I feel like a gravedigger posting here. oh well)
    You should be careful what you write, Matt. Talk like this got http://www.occidentalism.org banned in china.

  7. comment number 7 by: T_K

    See for yourself: http://www.greatfirewallofchina.org/test/