Thursday, October 29, 2009
Democracy or Communism? India vs China?
In my understanding of Democracy, I realize that a democracy is praised for togetherness but never efficiency. When you have a million people voicing their opinions and they all have the right to be heard you can’t expect an efficient system to grant these needs of the people. This is where communism tends to raise above democracy. Communism has strict rules and is known for its efficiency and its ability to get the job done no matter what.
Perhaps, this is the difference between China and India. China may be more efficient and may develop at a faster rate, but it can NEVER win the trust and vote of the people. According to me its just a matter of time before frustrated people gather to the streets and there is another ‘Tiananmen square’.
The cost of democracy is the price the lower class people pay to enter into the middle class. When we think of this segment one cannot neglect the effects of capitalism and the role it has in determining the growth/exploitation of the people. A democracy cannot exist without Capitalism. The ideology of Democracy reeks with Capitalism, simply because you cannot shun the growth of a capitalistic venture ; such is the rules of a democracy. Both India and China have accepted the capitalist road to prosperity. But capitalism is more comfortable in a democracy, which fosters entrepreneurs naturally.
I would like to describe more on Capitalism in another post which I will put up shortly. More on it later.
Democracy comes easily to us because India has historically 'accumulated' its diverse groups who retain their distinctiveness while identifying themselves as Indian. China has 'assimilated' its people into a common, homogeneous Confucian society. We are known for our diversities and so many cultures that thrive in our country. I would like to pause here and want the reader to think if ‘GLOBALIZATION’ is necessary? Doesn’t globalization unify and destruct different value systems by incorporating western ideas? Does it not kill the up-coming small scale traditional markets? More on it later.
In a democracy, the state is an agency of power and with it vests the sole power of law and order. For the purpose of law and order it may exercise coercion. After all we do have a right for civil disobedience! We must be grateful that India is a democratic country and we have the OPPORTUNITY to compete and get jobs of our choices, demand for necessary actions and more importantly; we have the right to question the government’s actions. A free press is one of the hallmarks of a democratic society and we must all learn to take a moment and wonder before we sing endless anomalies about the way we live. After all, you don’t want to live in a country where you are a mere puppet controlled and governed by people who even decide how many kids you have and curbs your very right to think. Each person NEEDS/DESERVES an identity. In China, a citizen is purely mortgaging himself to the whims of the state.
After getting rave reviews for my previous article, a little research and thought into the subject I realized India's path to development and a major superpower may be slower, but it is definitely surer.