The 21st Centry cannot belong to India on the strength of it's numbers. That way we will burn up the world faster. We cannot be leaders by aping others. We cannot be leaders without undertaking responsibility. And we cannot be leaders perforce.
We can be in contest (hopefully a friendly one) with US, Europe, China, and other continents and countries, not for the possesions of the earth or to prove ourselves better than others, but to raise our own standards of excellence in thoughts and action. The question is - do we chose to be in such a race?