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Even as the world's most populous nation, India will muddle along

Overtaking China likely to be neither a dividend nor a disaster

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A government-run job center in Kochi is mobbed with hopefuls seeking interviews: India's population will overtake that of China within the next few months.   © AP

Rupa Subramanya is a distinguished fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and co-author of "Indianomix: Making Sense of Modern India."

India and China have long been geopolitical rivals, even fighting a short border war in 1962, so Indians are always looking over their shoulder to compare themselves to the larger of Asia's two giant nations.

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