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Is India a global superpower? Show more Show less
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A world superpower is usually defined as a country that is capable of projecting its power and influence on a global scale. India's broad range of quality of life among its citizens and booming economy have put the country in a unique position in the world. It competes with leading superpowers in creating new technology and defense, yet most rural areas are still underdeveloped. Impoverished citizens often live in poor sanitation and without healthcare or clean water. Should India be considered a global superpower based on its greatest accomplishments, or are its domestic issues too severe?

No, India has too many domestic issues to be a global superpower Show more Show less

India is unable to provide an adequate quality of life for all its citizens due to social issues and lack of cleanliness.
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Poor sanitation prevents India from being a global superpower

Parts of India remain underdeveloped, causing issues with sanitation and public health.

The Argument

Most of India's advanced medical care is only available in private practices, which is too expensive for most of the population. Since high-quality care is only affordable to the wealthy, most citizens have to settle for unsanitary medical facilities and limited access to clean water and running toilets.[1] Millions of people in India do not have access to clean, running water. Diseases can be spread through dirty water and practicing poor hygiene. Children are especially at risk of becoming ill because it can lead to malnourishment and death. Malnourishment can cause mental and physical stunts in children that will follow them into adulthood.[2] Rural parts of India lack modern innovations that wealthy urban areas have, so many people live in poor sanitation. Since millions of people in India live in unsanitary conditions, they cannot be considered a global superpower.[3]

Counter arguments

The wealthiest people in India have access to clean water and modern medical facilities so they have a lower risk of becoming sick through poor sanitation. For years, programs around India have helped millions of citizens improve their personal hygiene, sanitation, and water. The quality of life is rising yearly due to organizations such as The World Health Organization and the United Nations Children' Fund that provide better medical care and sanitation to millions of people in India.

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Premises

[P1] Most of India's citizen can only afford unsanitary medical facilities. [P2] Millions of people in India live without clean water. [P3] Citizens in rural India live in unsanitary conditions. [P4] Therefore, India cannot be considered a global superpower.

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References

  1. https://in.one.un.org/health-water-and-sanitation/
  2. https://water.org/our-impact/india/
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/15/world/asia/poor-sanitation-in-india-may-afflict-well-fed-children-with-malnutrition.html

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