Fixer-upper - can India keep pace with China in the race to superpower status?
China and India, two of the world's oldest and greatest civilisations, are in the early laps of a long-distance race to catch up to the US as the leading economic superpower. This race is not a zero-sum game - China's growth should increase India's prosperity, and vice versa - but the winner will reap extra rewards. Which of them will be the swiftest? Party-run China can act more quickly than India, and its society seems more orderly. But this may be a faux stability achieved only by suppressing dissident lawyers, ethnic minorities, information, transparency and disruptive innovation. Corruption and crony-ism are endemic in both countries, but may be even worse in China, where there is no free press or political competition to hold it accountable.
India’s tradition of independent courts and a well-established Bar could give it an edge in the race with China. But first some urgent repairs are in order, says Peter Schuck
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