Comments: Next World Order?

a simpler answer to how india has grown hugely with much less central planning or industrial development is "we speak english."

Posted by hapa at January 2, 2009 10:08 PM

for instance, as the most populous member of the anglosphere, we can get ourselves published in english-language newspapers of record without much effort, as a favor.

Posted by hapa at January 2, 2009 10:11 PM

"Having many gods makes one suspicious of power. The BJP is a good example."

Updated that for you Bernard.

Posted by Rojo at January 2, 2009 11:19 PM

looks like Mr. Das took 'the lexus and the olive tree' to heart.

also, it's only the urban elite/upper class that are any good at english to claim a competitive advantage. of course this is a large population in itself, but pales in comparison to the have-nots Dr Chazelle mentions above.

Posted by almostinfamous at January 2, 2009 11:22 PM

I bet WE OWE both China and India a great deal of money. I wonder if the Vaishyas sold US a big sub-prime and can WE re-negotiate?

Posted by Mike Meyer at January 3, 2009 12:03 AM

Mr Das oughta go back to writing novels...

Posted by En Ming Hee at January 3, 2009 03:21 AM

Having many gods makes one suspicious of power. The Roman Empire is a good example.

Best arresting quote of 2009 (so far).


Posted by Poicephalus at January 3, 2009 10:51 AM

From whatever little I know, CASTE sysem was NOT hereditary. When it became so, I would have to research. Individuals were given a caste according their work not vice verse.

And these are Gandhi's views on Caste and Class, not always consistent.

I have my personal views on differnt communities in India ( no offence meant to any Indian reader).

1. Some communities in India DO HAVE a knack for business and they succeed. They prefer to be their own bosses and do not like to take orders from anyone, e.g. Gujaratis ( I am one ), Sindhis and Marwadis.

2. Great creators of art, literature, moviemaking belong to the Bengali community.

3. Northwest communities ( Punjabis, Pahadis i.e. mountain people make great soldiers.

4. South Indians are great with numbers ( human computers ) with great intellect.

5. People from the west coast e.g Maharastians, are great administrators.

This is NOT TO SAY, these are exclusive domains but these are my personal observations and I am saying it as a compliment to these communities.

CHINA and India are in a struggle for a top rung on the ladder of world power

I wish India was busy taking care of its polpulation at the lower rung of the ladder, trying to solve Kashmir dispute and improving relations with Pakistan and China was not busy denying Human Rights to its population.

Indians expect to continue their relentless march toward a modern, democratic, market-based future. In this, terrorist attacks are a noisy, tragic, but ultimately futile sideshow.

I guess, the author is limiting his vison to a certain class of Indians only! Though the poverty rates have declined by 6% according to World Bank and disparity is not as gross as in other countries, ppeople belonging to the lowest 10% in economic class do not have much of a future. Obviously, he is not a muslim and not poor so he has not seen things from the other side of the fence!

Posted by Rupa Shah at January 3, 2009 01:19 PM

Writers employ "much-reviled" in order to cast suspicion on the obloquy itself, usually in the service of power (as it's usually some sin of the powerful that is widely reviled).

Posted by Mark at January 4, 2009 06:43 PM