India

India Blackout an Economic Reality Check?

Questions about India's superpower aspirations abound after largest power outage in history

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Power was restored in India on Wednesday after two days of blackouts that had cast a huge shadow over the nation's economic ambitions.

On Tuesday, the overburdened electrical grid had collapsed across the whole of northern and eastern India, depriving more than half the country, or around 600 million people, of power. It was the largest blackout in global history in terms of the number of people affected — about 10 percent of the world population.