|India and China|
Kristof makes the argument that despite government inefficiencies and lags in basic services provided to citizens, India is now poised economically to compete with China. Not just an annual 8% growth rate, but a robust democracy that tolerates dissent and the rise of citizen watchdog organizations that regulate industry give India an edge that doesn't exist in China. Sure, democracy is slow and inefficient, but it creates a multifaceted public sector in India. I disagree with Kristof that India has "managed religious and ethnic tensions pretty well" "aside... [from] Gujarat." Just because we only see communal tensions boil over into gruesome violence every few years doesn't mean they don't exist in between. But if Kristof wants to wax poetic about Nitish Kumar and Mamata Banerjee (link to previous post on Banerjee) don't let me get in any way diminish his glow.