"When I am with you and my thoughts are at rest and there is nothing to say, then I will know that my search has ended."

The guy who bores you here is Sreekanth, Indian, ex-Software Engineer, management student(IIM Ahmedabad)
Enthusiastic at worst, ecstatic at best.
View My Guestbook
Sign My Guestbook

03/01/2002 - 04/01/2002 04/01/2002 - 05/01/2002 05/01/2002 - 06/01/2002 06/01/2002 - 07/01/2002 07/01/2002 - 08/01/2002 08/01/2002 - 09/01/2002 09/01/2002 - 10/01/2002 01/01/2003 - 02/01/2003 02/01/2003 - 03/01/2003 04/01/2003 - 05/01/2003 01/01/2004 - 02/01/2004 06/01/2004 - 07/01/2004 05/01/2005 - 06/01/2005 07/01/2006 - 08/01/2006 08/01/2006 - 09/01/2006 10/01/2006 - 11/01/2006 11/01/2006 - 12/01/2006 01/01/2007 - 02/01/2007 06/01/2007 - 07/01/2007 10/01/2007 - 11/01/2007 01/01/2008 - 02/01/2008 << current

Life 'n' Love                                                         Indian Social Bookmarking  Music  IIMs and CAT    
India and China are VERY different

I had always thought of writing my opinion on this but never got to. But yesterday was the last straw. I happened to read or hear India and China being referred to in the same breath 4 times within one hour over TV and Newspapers.

I do agree that there are some similarities like we are both branded as "developing", are fast growing compared to the so-called "developed" countries, are big in terms of size and population.
But that's about it. We have:
- Different culture: (from my experience)When most Indians meet Chinese they almost have nothing in common. Infact get along better with Westerners than Chinese.
- Different political setup: India is a Democracy and is perceived by the world to continue as a Democracy. China never was and no one even expects it to become anytime in the near future.
- Different economic setup: India is slowly but surely moving away from a Govt run country to a private enterprise run country. Whatever the goverment runs happens slowly (infrastructure), whatever the private companies run grow fast (telecom). China is largely still a govt run country! But the govt being more dictatorial is much more effective and fast
- Different strengths: While both have loads of manpower, China's strength is in manufacturing and India's in services and IT.

(Here I am not referring to differences like religion, Architecture, looks or language because these have lesser imapct on economics than the above.)

This is not to say that either India is better off or China is. Nobody can predict that. Future is unpredictable. But given these differences, though there are some similarities between the two, the differences are STARK! Their futures are going to be VERY VERY different.

Dear Economists, Western businessman, Professors, Book-writers, bloggers and citizens of the world:
DO NOT refer to India and China as if they are synonyms! :-)
(Smiley is to tone down the whole thing :-) )

Imagine in the 60s when US and USSR where growing together and into similar things like defence and space, there might have been many who talked about them in the same breath! I hope you see the stupidity now. Please do not take this to mean that I am saying that India is like US and China like USSR. The point is that, two countries looking superficially similar, but having deep-rooted differences in culture, politics, economics and strengths can never have the same future.

Thursday, October 05, 2006
hey sreekanth, did not know that you are back in blog action.
glad to see you online. I met anand some time back.

Hope you are doing well.
Post a Comment
This page is powered by Blogger.