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Post time 2010-3-7 19:28:40 |Display all floors
Originally posted by expatter at 2010-3-7 18:09


I try to give my opinion as short as possible.

India is a highly decentralized country where political interests between New Delhi and the states clash ever so often. India's Federal States are often run by very ambitious politicians, who themselves want one day to become PM and who put their own interests or those of their companions first and the country last. This is, in my eyes, a trademark of Indian democracy and not necessarily democracy in general. The country only started modernization in earnest after the collapse of the Soviet Union, ca. 1992. Because of India's special way of socialism it was a poor and backward country.

After opening to the capitalist world India decided to put it main emphasize on the service sector (call centers, for instance) and software development. It almost completely neglected its traditional industries such as garment -, medical instruments -, agriculture etc. Because service centers were mainly located in Mumbay and software development in cities such as Hyderabad and Bangalore, it's infrastructure was no main concern for the central government. This only changed over the last four, five years. India's government ought to take one page out of the China book. There is a proverb in China that says: First build a road, development will follow.

India has also a western neighbor with which it fought three wars since independence. This relationship was and still is affecting India's development because billions of $$$ have to be spent for the day X, which hopefully will never come.

Then India has this nasty Naxalite problem. This insurgency originally begun as a peasant uprising in 1967 and is still going on. These guerrillas are stronger than ever before. As of this year India's government was only able to cut this insurgency back in 5% of the affected areas although it is expected that violence will go up in 2010/11. The rebels are well funded with budgets of roughly 300b $, obtained largely through extortions. India's government has to spend a fortune to get the monster under control. The Naxalites are using an administrative vacuum to establish their hold over large tracts of land across almost all state bounderies in NE and central India.

I do not believe that India is handicapped by religion or various languages. This always was common and accepted in India. I do not want to touch the subject of Sino-Indian relations over here and the cause of the bad state they're in. It is well known but I believe that time will heal the wounds and relations can of course improve.

Remains the question, is democracy the right form of government for India. I'm prejudiced but believe that even with democracy India will advance and we'll soon find this country amoung the top four or even top three nations of the world.  The country has a bright future if India makes some highly needed shifts (yes, I talk infrastructure in general).

Personally I wish this country all the best. India and her people deserve to be among the top nations and it will prove that Asia's century has truly started.


Please excuse any orthographic or other linguistic mistakes.

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Post time 2010-3-7 19:36:28 |Display all floors

Satsu-Jin

Thanks for that.

My last post crossed yours.

And you made mention of the transport network.

That explains a good deal about that and also the business demographics.

Cheers

Please excuse any orthographic or other linguistic mistakes.   

Any time.

Strictly for those who use it as a weapon against the disadvantaged.

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Post time 2010-3-7 19:42:58 |Display all floors
Time will tell you if democracy is greatest or not.....

India's is growth is not forced by government but by individuals and that's the biggest advantage we have....

It's simple if your child makes progress on it's own rather than been forced to do so...

India and China are two completly different models in all aspects so please do not compare them as West does... for their own reason....

If both countries progress fast then that will be beneficial to huge chunk of world population.
Plant Trees and Save the Planet Earth.

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Post time 2010-3-7 19:52:22 |Display all floors

karma123

'Invention the mother of necessity'.

I agree, but when one looks at the staggering size of the two countries, economies and their populations.

And historical and economic situations.

It is very hard not to think of how different analogies suit either country.

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Post time 2010-3-7 19:57:45 |Display all floors
Western preacher promore democracy as the best form of government.

Yet they only emphasize on "difference of opinion" and hail this as freedom of speech. But the most important precondition for development is concensus to achieve a common goal, this is what the west chose to ignore. Only emphasizing the difference of opinion and ignore to move forward after reaching concensus.

I see India as a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious society; a balance will be needed among themselves to attain a common goal. Concensus-building maybe reached using the western prescription of democracy. But we also see sectarian violence happening among them. Withous concensus reached, I consider western style of democracy as a tool to institutionalize division and prevent developing countries to integrate domestic opinions into a united voice. Or further, every political units in developing countries won't be powerful enough to unite the country and they won't form a coalition that may weaken western leverage inside them.

But despite all of this, I'm optimist India will overcome their problem. One thing for sure is their strong cultural bondage and almost every religous belief, ethnic and social strata coexist peacefully with each other for centuries. This cultural heritage will transform western style abbrasiveness into a more accomodating political belief and smoothen the formation of concensus and common goal for development.

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Post time 2010-3-7 20:17:49 |Display all floors
Originally posted by unhealthysms at 2010-3-7 19:52
Is this the "anti-democratic fascist thread"  ?



Good to see that you're unbiased. It's people like you that confirm over and over again that "democrats" don't tolerate other people's opinion.

Keep up you good work.

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Post time 2010-3-7 20:19:28 |Display all floors
pls look at Sensex Index skyrocketting
What's on your mind now........ooooooooooooooo la la....Kind Regards

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