Gurcharan Das, Indian Times | May 5, 2008
In Asia, the rise of India is perceived as less threatening than the rise of China. ++ India does have strong military capabilities, but is a democracy, which are said to be more peaceful. ++ India's military is believed to be unthreatening because of the turmoil in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh that concerns India. ++ Many Asians want India to counterbalance China and hope that India, with its well-educated, open minded, and English-speaking people, will raise the overall reputation of the region in the west.