India, March 1 -- Does today's geopolitics provide India an opportunity to become a $10- trillion economy by the end of the decade? It would require an acceleration achieved once before, between 2000 and 2010 by China, when its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) went from $1.2 trillion to $6 trillion. It is not that India did badly in that decade, but compared to China, the achievement was modest. India went from being a $468 billion to $1.67 trillion economy, adding $1.1 trillion to its GDP to China's $5 trillion.

What allowed China to take off so dramatically in those 10 years? Deng Xiaoping's ascent in 1977 set the foundation for a later acceleration. But China's real takeoff happened after Deng's death in 1997. One may forget in today's co...