Bush in India

Thursday, March 02, 2006
I've been trying for a funny, or at least interesting, hook, and I just don't have one. but get this:
At some point before too long (probably between 2015 and 2020) India will have more home users of English than the US; not much longer afterwards, there could be more home users of English in India than the rest of the Anglosphere combined. This (especially given the cheapness of electronic publishing and dissemination) will mean that the bulk of English-language media will be produced in India. (If Bollywood learns how to appeal to US audiences, which it eventually will, that will also be true of visual media as well.) That means that not only will the Anglosphere change India, but India will change the Anglosphere.

Not many people are thinking about what this really means. They should be. Bush's trip to India, and the deal made there today, may end up being the single most consequential act of the Bush presidency.

Personally, I already like Bollywood movies.

(By the way, notice where the original story's from. Someone is paying attention.)


Barry Dauphin said...

Well, maybe David Gregory could stand to learn some English (along with his Scotch).

CF said...

The other day the Times(UK) had an excellent article indicating the initiative toward India was entirely Bush's idea. And a good one it is. We are natural allies.It is the most amazing country I have ever been in and it is utilizing technology and capitalism to change in a way that can only be described as a miracle.It is something to drive along a two lane highway in Rajasthan with overturned overloaded trucks, highly decorated buses, elephants, donkeys, wild boars, dogs, etc and pass a wooden shack with a hand lettered sign reading "internet access". And an eyeopener to see a small village of weavers thriving because someone got the head a cell phone, a visa business account and forced the Indian postal authoroties to open a station there--eliminating the middlemen and allowing them to sell their products all over the world.
Time to write off Europe which is dying and embrace the most vital, vibrant, democratic country outside of our own.

terrye said...

Some say this maybe the most important initiative of the Bush presidency..and most people do not seem to notice.

Knucklehead said...

Well, count me among those who believe it is in the US's best interests to deal with Europe in the "maintaining polite commercial contacts" mode and put out major efforts into looking toward The East. In today's world India is a natural ally as is Japan.

David Thomson said...

“Time to write off Europe which is dying and embrace the most vital, vibrant, democratic country outside of our own.”

I have been saying for at least the last five years that India may be the center of Western Civilization by 2050. This country has a real military unlike the has-been nations like France and Germany. Yup, it’s time to start playing with the winners.

Sissy Willis said...

Here's your hook, with a tip of the hat to Professor Higgins:

Why can't the English?

Eric Blair said...

Yes, I'm waiting for Bollywood to wake up to the fact that they could be making movies that would sell here in the US, and not just to Indian immigrants.

They got beautiful women, handsome men, and all sorts of interesting history to play with.

Knucklehead said...


It is probably just a matter of time. A Indian friend was explaining to me the fundamental differences between what Indian audiences and American audiences expect from movies and why each is not normally particularly popular to the other audience.

My experience with Indians here in the US suggests they have well developed and wide ranging humor, solid business acumen, and are astute observers of human nature. Someone will use the film making expertise to tap a market. It'll happen.

Comedies and love stories will lead the way. Somebody will tap the "My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding" sort of thing.

There is ample room for humor. The second gen Indian yutes I have had access to can keep an audience in stitches describing the fault lines between the Indian and American cultures. And the caste zingers they toss back and forth among themselves have an edge that can take humor well beyond the absurdity/slapstick variety.

Indians seem quite able to laugh at themselves which means they can entertain if they choose (at least that's the way I see it).

Seneca the Younger said...

Here's your hook, with a tip of the hat to Professor Higgins:

Suuuuure, give me a hook line now....

CF said...

knucklehead-"Monsoon Wedding"

CF said...

Seneca..I hat tipped ya--this is such an important piece of news. http://americanthinker.com/comments.php?comments_id=4565

Knucklehead said...

Can someone enlighten me on this stuff:

The nuclear deal, first reached during Singh's visit to Washington in July last year, will allow India access to uranium, U.S. civilian nuclear technology and bring India out of nuclear isolation.

There are concerns that the move will set a bad example for other countries as India has refused to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty after it conducted nuclear tests in 1998.

Why does India refuse to sign the NPT? My best guess is that they don't want to give up weapons testing, but I'd very much like to hear something better than my guess.

To address the concerns, Bush said: "Proliferation is certainly a concern and a part of our discussions, and we've got a good faith gesture by the Indian government that I'll be able to take to the Congress."

Not that I have any faith in treaties but I'd prefer that India join the NPT before we go climbing into any pebble beds with her.

New Delhi and Washington have had a hard bargain on finalizing a separation plan that satisfied both. They used to have differences over whether India's fast breeder reactor and some other research projects should be put in civilian list.

What is the nature of this issue?

But New Delhi Television quoted sources as saying that India planned to open 14 of its 22 reactors for international inspection.

Two days before Bush's arrival here for a three-day visit, Singh had assured the Indian Parliament that India would not, in any case, put its fast-breeder reactors under international safeguards.

Why is India unwilling to put all reactors uner "international safeguards"?

Seneca the Younger said...

Knuck, India didn't join the NPT (back in the Indira Gandhi days as I recall) because they already had a nuclear weapons program. They don't want to join NPT now becausse they've got nuclear weapons, and they don't open their non-power reactors to IAEA inspections for the same reason we don't: they don't want the IAEA to know.

What this does is increases economic ties with India, while reducing their capability for reprocessing and thereby limiting their ability to make more bombs.

CF said...

The WSJ notes this:
"For some time Dow Jones, the parent company of this newspaper, has been interested in publishing an Indian edition of The Wall Street Journal, either as a stand-alone product akin to our European and Asian editions, or in partnership with an Indian newspaper.
Until 2002, foreign investment in Indian news and current-affairs publications was forbidden. Yet the current, "liberalized" regime is hardly better. Foreign ownership is capped at 26%, while the principal "local" partner must own at least 51% of the paid-up capital. Foreign publishers are allowed to print what's known as a "facsimile" edition of their newspapers in India, but those editions can include only limited local content and no local advertising, all but guaranteeing their unprofitability. In addition, government regulations require that three-quarters of directors and all key business and editorial staff would have to be resident Indians.

These Byzantine regulations have so far dissuaded Dow Jones from expanding its footprint in India, and we are sure we're not the only company to have figured likewise. That's a pity for us, but we think it's an even bigger pity for Indian readers whose tastes in news and analysis might just be as globalized as the economy in which they are increasingly prospering. Let's hope that in the months and years ahead, the agreements forged this week will help India further shed its socialist past and open new opportunities for everyone. " http://www.opinionjournal.com/weekend/hottopic/?id=110008048