Comparing India, China and Egypt
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But this will all be for naught without better governance, argues Gurcharan Das, the former CEO of Procter & Gamble India, whose latest book is India Grows at Night: A Liberal Case for a Strong State. "The aspirational India has no one to vote for, because no one is talking the language of public goods. Why should it take us 15 years to get justice in the courts or 12 years to build a road? The gap between [youth] aspirations and government performance is huge. My thesis is that India has risen despite the state. It is a story of public failure and private success."
That is what Das means by India grows at night, when government sleeps. "But India must learn to grow during the day," he said. "If India fixes its governance before China fixes its politics that is who will win... You need a strong state and a strong society, so the society can hold the state accountable. India will only get a strong state when the best of society join the government, and China will only get a strong society when the best Mandarins go into the private sector."
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