Can India really be called a rising power when it has been struggling for years to deal with prolonged domestic problems and persistent regional tensions?

The ongoing separatist protests in Indian-administered Kashmir have underscored yet again perhaps the most critical challenge faced by New Delhi.

The discord over Kashmir caused two of the three wars between India and Pakistan, and triggered a nuclear race in the region.


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India is also dealing with an increasingly assertive China with whom it is embroiled in a long-running border dispute that caused a war in 1962.

A domestic Maoist insurgency driven by the rising gap between the rich and poor has also taken some of the shine off India's stunning economic growth over the past ten years.

On Monday's show, Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna, India's external affairs minister, will join us to discuss those issues.

This episode of Riz Khan aired from Monday, September 27, 2010.

Source: Al Jazeera