Post attending the lecture delivered by Friedman, I don't think so. The global playing field may be level now, but as an audience member pointed out, Africa remains the dark continent. The lecture was a rehash of the book. The saving grace was the delivery- very interactive, he had the audience rolling in the aisles. The sneeze which could be heard in Pakistan added to the merriment.
Decolonising the Indian mind remains a challenge. His book has sold 50000 copies in China, which he thinks will own this century. I still think that as the world's largest democracy, the world is now at our feet.