It looks like Mr. Gurcharan Das will stop at nothing in his crusade to prove how awesome ‘democratic’ India is and how horrible Communist China is.
There is a lot he wants to ‘prove’ by simply saying things and giving absolutely no evidence, in fact he says,
I have no satisfactory explanation for all this, but I think it may have something to do with India’s much-reviled caste system.
Yes, India (democratic, dont forget) is so much better than Communist China because its social system condemns people to a lifetime of slavery and humiliation with absolutely no hope of emancipation. That is uptil the modern Indian state arrived. A state Das singularly hates.
What is the reality ?
The Communist revolution smashed centuries of social hierarchy and flattened the Chinese society. The country can today offer its citizens basic services and social mobility that most Indians can only get with great difficulty. Its women can walk around its cities unfettered and unharassed, not molested and abused at every corner. Its entrepreneurs can rely on superb infrastructure that was created after the population had a certain basic standard of living.
The Republican Indian state has been overall much slower in improving the lot of its citizenry. Make no mistake, the average Indian is better off than he/she was 60 years ago. But this improvement is not very impressive when compared to other developing countries. And the responsibility for this does not rely squarely at the feet of the state. A lot of the blame has to be shouldered by the educated middle-class of modern India which simply fails to even recognize the reality of caste. Far from producing a generation of charged social-reformers in the vein of Ambedkar and Gandhi middle-class India has mostly produced some very average movie stars and some over paid cricketers. This has meant that the process of social change had to be carried out by the oppressed all by themselves.
India’s middle class and its state have effectively abandoned its masses. They are being made to claw their way to justice using the power of the vote. If they succeed, then it will be one of the biggest stories of the 21st century that will make the world an immeasurably better place. To make India great Das needs to uplift his fellow Indians not put down the Chinese.