Europe is aging, its economy, slowing. So is the US. Which is why it makes sense for Formula One to drive into India, where there is a ready and growing audience for motorsport. The very existence of the Indian Grand Prix speaks of the emergence of the country as a market the world can no longer ignore.
Yet, the race will happen in Uttar Pradesh, a state that has, over the past few months, seen several hundred children dying of Japanese encephalitis, a tragedy that highlights India’s poor track record in basic developmental parameters such as health and education. The deaths are an annual feature in the state, which seems to have neither the will nor the infrastructure to tackle the illness.
To become the market it can and the world wants it to be, and to realize its all-too-obvious potential, India has to address issues such as these—and fast. It’s a race the country can’t afford to lose.