Sayak Biswas , South Asia watcher
Brace yourself for a very politically incorrect and a highly angry answer from a very angry Indian.
This is Beijing Daxing International Airport
which apparently took exactly 5 years to get completed. It happens to be the largest single-structure airport terminal.
Five years, get it? That’s the exact time for which a government in India under a party or alliance is supposed to run in one term.
Now a curious question my friend.
How much time will it take for India to make an exactly similar airport, assuming the government is very much sincere about the project?
Well, first, it will need land. Since land in India can be got for such a thing only by clearing forests or some sort of vegetation, demolishing old constructions which is of no use, and to buy land from some other source(s) . No problem, this hurdle is easy to overcome
Next is tender for construction. Okay, this is easy too.
Now comes commitment. For a government who can construct highways fast, this is something they definitely can do, right?
Now, let’s go back to first point. What if there was a patch of vegetation???
A retinue of fellows claiming to be environmental activists, farmer activists, activists against common sense, will begin a protest on why trees and grasses are being removed.
Next a retinue of film stars whose marriages have a larger carbon footprint than what my family produces in a year and who currently lives outside India, will give us their piece of mind on why hurting grass is bad
Finally some politician trying to sharpen his dividend (doesn’t matter if in opposition or government) will try the best to gain some followers.
Someone will try to take it to hon’ble Supreme Court and try hard to delay this even further.
A project that can get completed in 5 years or less will get completed in 15 years!!!!!!!!
You serious ????
You want good trains, but you don’t like high speed train tracks occupying a strip of land in a farm.
You want Made in India phones but have problems with a cellphone factory set in neighbourhood
You want metro trains, but have a problem with a shed occupying a tiny region.
You want uninterrupted electricity, but have problems with a power plant.
You call yourself as anti-corporate, yet work in Amazon
In short, you think yourself as smart, but you are an emotional fool
Every time you behave as an emotional fool, someone in Beijing laughs on a joke, and I guess you can see that joke, at a nearby mirror maybe???
It is 2019 where industries and infrastructure rule the roost, and a country which has more of these will be the one to wield maximum power and the one which would provide the highest standards of living. Badmouthing corporate culture is like hitting your own legs with an axe.
You want India to speed up? The first step is to stop acting as a fricking roadblock. Atleast you can do this much I guess, alongside changing your mindset and priorities. Is that too much to ask?
China thanks to it’s mindset of supporting industralization lifted it’s own poor to middle-class levels, at a speed no other nation managed to do. India on other hand managed to reduce it’s poverty significantly in two decades.
Two decades. You know what went right two decades ago??? Liberalization of economy. China did that way before India did, and they did it under a non-democratic government. India under democracy managed to do it in 2 decades, slower than China. I think that we can do it faster even without becoming a non-democratic nation, provided that people of India stop behaving like emotional fools. We just need to support more industries and infrastructure.
India expects every man and woman to side with her in the race to progress, not against it. If you are against it, you are part of the problem and not solution.
Mani Duraisamy , Politically Correct
Why is China so modern while India is lagging behind?
I assume the OP is looking for a really, really honest answer here. The reason why I stress ‘really honest’ is because, this answer will be unpalatable to certain people.
China is so modern and India lags behind because, in India we are concerned more about transient things like ‘freedom of speech’, ‘social harmony’ and ‘diversity’ etc…rather than how to aggressively invest in industries for better economic growth.
The reason why I call these things ‘transient’ is because these things only consume more time in pointless debates.
In India, we have become so used to this ‘freedom’ of everything, that the government cannot erect a factory or a nuclear power plant, without having to face protests of some kind!.
If a major city corporation cannot easily build even a metro rail shed, how can a country build factories and powerplants at a massive scale to provide employment?. Because thats what China did to become what it is today!.
We hear phrases like ‘suit-boot sarkar’, ‘Ambani agent’, ‘greedy corporates’ when someone says we must support industries for jobs. Chinese leaders have no qualms about wearing suits and shiny boots. Ironically, all these tweets and protests come from employees of ‘greedy IT corporate’ employees.
On one hand- we are worried that automobile sector is losing jobs. But on the other hand we protest against setting up an automobile plant because ‘it takes away the poor farmer’s land’. Which part of this hypocrisy do we Indians not get?.
Repeat after me- large scale factories and powerplants are the ONLY way India can catch up with China.
The age of Agriculture is gone. Importing food is becoming easier rather than relying upon poor monsoons. IT companies are having mass layoffs and mundane jobs are gonna be taken over by robots. Unskilled labor can be absorbed ONLY by factories
The day when we Indians stop talking of ‘Hindu intolerance’, ‘Hindi imposition’ , ‘democracy in danger’ and start talking about how to invest in industries is the day when we will start overtaking China.
Subodh Mathur , Adjunct Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins SAIS (2019-present)
I am glad that you asked this question. Because I want Indians to focus on China. These days, my motto is:
Wake up, wake up, wake. China, not Pakistan. China, not Pakistan. China, not Pakistan.
In simple terms, India is lagging behind for two reasons. One, India has not had the high economic growth rates that China had. Second, India is focused too much on Pakistan - beating Pakistan is enough. Sadly, no.
There is no doubt that China’s economic data are sometimes fudged. But, there are similar charges against India. So, let’s ignore this fudging. The reality is that China is far ahead of India in so many ways. Essentially, China is now number 2 to the US.
China has lent $ 1 trillion to the US. Lent. That’s not a fake number. That’s what the US government reports. India’s total foreign exchange is about $ 400 billion. And, China is pouring billions of dollars into India’s neighbor countries and in Africa. So, don’t doubt it - China is way ahead of India.
But, it need not be this way for ever. India cannot catch up with China in a few years. Sorry. Mr. Modi talks of India as a $ 5 trillion economy by 2024. China is already far ahead of that, and still growing.
So, we need to think of decades, not years, to catch up with China. In simple terms, India needs to hit 10% (or more) real (in every sense) annual GDP growth for years to come.And, then check back after 10 years.
Rahul Chauhan, IT Consultant, Student of Bharatiya History
Mumbai, the financial capital of Bharat is getting much needed Metro for helping millions of commuters.
For the same, Metro carriage shed is to be built in Aarey. For this 2500 hundred trees need to be cut, out of which 500 were to be transplanted from roots.
In the Aarey forest area,
* There is a residential colony which was made after cutting of trees
* There is film city, Royal Palm golf course and luxury residential area build by cutting of trees
* But when Metro shed is to be built
* Mumbai Metro got the project cleared from courts, green bodies, government and so one but these malicious protests delayed the project by months, the money lost was Rs 5 crore daily. Mumbai Metro is also needed to
* 1. Save lives of innocent commuters
* 2. Reduce congestion on roads of Mumbai
* 3. Reduce carbon emissions of transport from the city
Can this kind of malicious and brainless actions hamper development in China?
I hope you got the answer.
Let me tell you the reason behind that.
When China got it’s independence in 1949, it focused on the development of the most important sector (Manufacturing) out of the 3 major sectors.
Manufacturing sector forms the backbone of any country’s economy and based on that the other 2 sectors also flourish. The rising manufacturing sector of china boosted it’s exports and tremendously added to it’s Forex reserves leading to it’s rise as one of the greatest powers of the world.
When India got it’s independence in 1947, our leaders put Agriculture on the forefront from the 1st five year plan itself. Nehru never realised the importance of manufacturing and kept importing things for accelerating the development of the country.
Because of this less emphasis on manufacturing, the innovation culture never developed in India. Services sector is the most dominant sector in India right now but it’s not due to any efforts put in by the Government. It is due to the Outsourcing of work from developed nations to India due to it’s cheap labour! It’s not a thing to be proud of. Agricultural sector is already under much distress which is clearly indicated by increasing suicide of the farmers and their poverty status.
A part of this lagging behind is also to be attributed to the democracy culture in India which makes acquisition of land difficult. It’s not a problem in China.
A step towards eliminating the above mentioned problem(land acquisition) was also made in 1978 by bringing in the 44th constitutional amendment act which made Right to property a legal right instead of a fundamental right but that only is just not enough.
This is also the reason why “Make in India” failed miserably because when the roots are loose, the tree cannot stand on it’s own.
So all in all, political leaders are shameless and we are blind as hell. Hence, the consequences. Our Governments couldn’t even do justice to the only sector they focused upon-Agriculture.
Manish Bishoyee , Indian since 1995.
China is modern because that’s how things are supposed to be. The more precise argument to put here is, many countries around the world don’t do much to solve the present day issues. Let me explain this by an example.
Germany is known to be a world famous automobile manufacturer. It has invented the IC engine, which is undoubtedly a unparalleled revolution in the Transportation Sector. Logistics around the globe have improved massively so much so that the living standards in the Gulf countries has skyrocketed within few decades.
But, such a boom comes with its own share of caveats - Not to mention the degrading air quality and the warming climate.
Enter China. While the Western World was immune to such issues, China actively pursued such problems. China is now the biggest supplier of EVs and Battery Packs.
Likewise, China is ahead than most developed countries because it works on real issues. Coming to India, I don’t think India and China can be put on a same page - There are many differences in our and their cultures. There is a difference in how businesses are done and what models of economy we follow. For example you can buy a flat and rent it out to make some monthly income, which is possible in India but not in China.
Hence, China and India are two different countries - and cannot be compared side by side with each other. Indians value their freedom, while China values prosperity.
Saivenkat Nanduri , works at Hyundai Motor India Engineering
* Because they work hard rather than spending time asking these kinda questions on quora.
* Because the people in china are not comparing themselves with India. Their competitor is USA. India?? Hell, no!!
* Government can do anything. They can do mega projects within 2–3 years, while we mostly do them forever.
* They create their own version of everything. Their google is Baidu, their tesla is BYD, their whatsapp is wechat, their apple is huawei, their uber is Didi. They are all damn successful companies.
We are always busy comparing ourselves with countries like pakistan, bangladesh etc. India is still in the stage of cleaning their roads, building bathrooms, bringing people out of poverty etc. which are like basic requirements for livelihood.
Most importantly, many of the chinese are atheists and they work while we are busy fighting among ourselves in the name of religion.
These are some of the pics that i have taken during my recent trip to the Shanghai which can be compared to major cities like Newyork and Chicago.
Amit Pandya , Founder & CEO at AKruti Financial Technologies (2014-present)
India got independence from British Raj in 1947, but from the starting, the problem has always been the power and politics. China was also a colony of British. India was ahead from China but we are sleeping giants those who won’t do anything until severe pressure comes. China opened up its economy around in 1978 and become the Global Manufacturer, bringing in the latest technology, state of the art infrastructure. They are only enjoying the fruits of the seeds they sow. But here in India bad politics and corruption is the reason and also the craze of settling in Canada, USA and UK. Even a small work cannot be done without corruption, even the Government is visionless and all the politicians and there businessmen friends only focus on feeling their own pockets, which cannot improve or build the world-class infrastructure we need. Flooding inroads even with a few inches of rain, only propaganda is going on that everything is good. Even when we praise and boast of ourself in democracy we cannot beat socialist China in terms of Growth.
Amit Pandya 阿克鲁蒂金融科技 创始人兼首席执行官(2014年至今)
India needs to invest in improving the coastal line benefit, we need more transparency through technology which can reduce corruption up to a great level. Bureaucracy fails in taking strong decisions because they lack leadership ability there may be a few exceptions but others are only bound to follow their political masters. Many of the laws are same as when the British were ruling India, we need to change from basics then only something can happen. We can find every type of mafia in India like Water Mafia, Sand Mafia, Land Mafia, which restricts the common man of India to enjoy or have the share of national wealth. The slow legal and justice system, no accountability even at the highest levels demoralizes the honest and hard working community.
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Nukul Goyal , Trying to survive
The single most appropriate reason is the tight fist rule in China. If the government decides to do something, then there is no one to oppose it. No environmentlist, no human rights, no private parties, in fact, no red tape, nothing. They want land for a project, can acquire without a problem. Need felling of trees, no problem.
In India, Even if the government wants to do something good for the public, there is always someone who goes to court against it and the matters remain stagnant for Years. Look at the Aarey Situation, everybody agrees that there is a great requirement for the metro but a few decide to oppose and the matter got delayed.
Corruption is not that big a factor as there is corruption in China as well but there at least the project get completed within a specified time frame unlike here.
But things are improving now, albeit at a slower pace but at least there is some accountability building up.
Akarsh Rajvanshi , Read books about India and politics of India
Though India has been growing at six per cent annually since the late 1980s, it trails behind China, which has been growing at ten per cent per annum since 1981. The single most important factor explaining this difference is the relatively poor performance of Indian industry. Whereas the share of industry in China's GDP rose from 42 per cent in 1991 to 51 per cent in 2001, it remained virtually stagnant in India. By contrast, services grew rapidly in India, expanding from 42 per cent in 1991 to 48 per cent in 2001. With the information technology sector less than two per cent of the GDP, services growth was largely in the informal sector. Approximately 77 per cent of India's workers live in rural areas. To bring a large chunk of this workforce into the modern sector, India must achieve a much higher growth in the traditional, unskilled-labour-intensive industry. Growth in the information technology sector gives India an extra lever but cannot be the main engine of transformation. Therefore, the right approach is to walk on two legs: traditional labour-intensive industry and the modern IT industry. Both legs need strengthening through further reforms. The paper suggests four specific reforms, three for industry and one for IT, necessary to achieve the transformation to a modern economy.
Karthikeyan M.V , Indian
Strong government policy and free market economy.
I argue that China has a strong government and has one party system and series of successful leaders.
Meanwhile India has Nehru. who introduced licence raj
Licence Raj - Wikipedia
Christopher Shepard , Consultant at Independent Business (1995-present)
About 25 years ago, China started paying more attention to creating infrastructure, using steel and cement imported from India. They completed the projects in time. Any project in India takes half a century
Christopher Shepard 、 独立企业顾问(1995年至今)
大约25年前，中国开始更加关注基础设施建设，使用从印度进口的钢铁和水泥。 他们按时完成了项目。 在印度，任何项目都需要半个世纪的时间
Albert Thamby , former HSA English at GHSS Erumapetty (2011-2016)
People being hardworking and having civic sense is the main reason of development of any country.
Albert Thamby ，曾就读于 GHSS Erumapetty (2011-2016)
Mahadevan Kv , business consultant (1996-2015)
⁰I wonder why so many Indians have turned out to be China admirers. Looks like they all want to handover India to the CPI (m) so they can catch up with China.
Cherish your freedom while you can. If lost can never be regained.
Orlando OU, electrical engineer
Even though India has more young people than China, however, it doesn’t mean India gets the upper hand against China, the quality is much more important than the quantity. If a large sum of manpower cannot get proper taining or education, it could be a huge burden for society rather than the blessing.Apparently, Chinese young men (mostly the product of “one child policy”)are better educated and trained than India counterpart;
Unlike India, China has unique and nation-wide speaking langue, the Chinese, the speaking maybe differently from one place to another, but the writing is the same, so people in China can communicate with each other easily, while for India, as I know there are dozens of official langues. With the help of monopoly langue and civilization, Chinese soiety’s cohesion much more stronger than India’s.
Militarily speaking, China is much more powerful tha India, since China is able to come up with the state-of -art arsenals indenpendly, such as fourth generation fighter jet, J20, and J31, and early warning airplane, just name a few, while for India, buying advanced gadgets is one thing, the military power is just another thing.
Economically speaking, China is currently at least ten years ahead of India.
India is the so-called the biggest democracy in this planet, while China is called authoritarian country by the western medias, however, the average Chinese don’t care about it. It is not denied that China is much more efficient than india, once China made the decision, the local officials will race against time to get it done, the speed and efficiency are equal important.