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Narendra Modi

If Narendra Modi had Xi Jinping’s mandate, India could scale the same heights as China

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 June, 2018, 11:31am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 June, 2018, 11:31am

While I can’t agree with everything that Deep K. Datta-Ray wrote in favour of China’s political system replacing democracy in India (“Why democracy is no longer fit for purpose in India”, May 30), I confess that I was impressed by some of the points he raised.

The article reminded me of another one I read recently, by Harvard political theorist and author Yascha Mounk, where he discussed how two-thirds of young Americans do not believe in the merits of living in a democratic state, while in Britain, half of the people like the idea of having a “strongman ruler who does not have to bother with parliament and elections”.

That is not surprising, considering how opposition parties in the US, the UK and especially in India, have always stymied parliament sessions and jeopardised any positive work that governments have been trying to do.

When I look around, I see how strongmen such as Vladimir Putin of Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt and, of course, President Xi Jinping of China, have been so effective in transforming their nations by blocking phoney NGO activists, crushing secessionists – whether in Chechenya, Kurdistan, the Sinai or Xinjiang – and, of course, by being given a free hand in fighting corruption.

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Democracy has not been a stumbling block for these leaders as it has been in India. A recent Times of India poll showed that, while his political party is facing many electoral reverses, nearly 72 per cent of Indians have full confidence in the ability of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and want him to return for a second term in 2019.

If only India were not a democracy, I am pretty sure that Modi would be able to take India to the dizzying heights that the great Xi has taken China to.

Haresh Khushi, Tsim Sha Tsui