Supporters use chairs to shelter from heavy rain during the swearing-in ceremony of H. D. Kumaraswamy as chief minister in the state of Karnataka, Bangalore, on May 23. Kumaraswamy will lead a coalition government of the opposition Congress party and Janata Dal (Secular), a regional ally. He replaces B. S. Yeddyurappa of the Bharatiya Janata Party, who was in office for less than three days. Photo: EPA-EFE

India proves democracy is no longer fit for purpose, while China’s model shows the way

Deep K. Datta-Ray says democracy’s reliance on people’s ability to be rational is its fatal weakness. While malfeasance in politics, poverty and inequalities hold back progress in India, China is charging ahead in delivering economic growth, and freedom for its people

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Supporters use chairs to shelter from heavy rain during the swearing-in ceremony of H. D. Kumaraswamy as chief minister in the state of Karnataka, Bangalore, on May 23. Kumaraswamy will lead a coalition government of the opposition Congress party and Janata Dal (Secular), a regional ally. He replaces B. S. Yeddyurappa of the Bharatiya Janata Party, who was in office for less than three days. Photo: EPA-EFE
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