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RE: Indian power systems as an obstacle to development



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[Topics under debate]: GOOD GOVERNANCE
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Richard,

Have you been to china??

To believe that china does not have a significant percentage of its
population below the poverty line is absolutely incorrect. I have
travelled to china many times and outside of the Big cities poverty is
widely prevalent. It is of course inconsequential to debate if china has
less or more poor than India as this does nothing for the problem. 

Your belief about the government being truly representative of the people
is of course correct and I do not think any one could have any objections
to this view. The moot point however is to figure out how exactly is this
to be achieved given the complexity of India.

Your views on actions to achieve your stated ends may well be of far
greater interest to all of us. So lets hear from you more on this. 

Regards,

Bhuwan 

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Parr [mailto:rjparr@hotmail.com]
Sent: Friday, May 07, 1999 8:01 PM
To: debate@indiapolicy.org
Subject: Indian power systems as an obstacle to development


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Plase forgive me if anything I say has been discussed previously,or if my 
comments are inappropriate,as I am new to the debate.

It seems to me that, although India is a democracy, the centeral obstacle
to her eradicating poverty is the fact that the political power systems -
on national and regional levels - are not truly representaitve of the
voters. For all the rhetoric and waffle about poverty reduction, some
300,000,000 Indians are living in absolute poverty. Contrast this with
China (for all her lack of a fair, democratic system of government), which
has succeeded, in 50 years, in wiping out the most severe manifestations
of deprivation. 

I would argue that the only way forward for India is to elect a government
with the interest of the masses at heart. China succeeded not through
socialist economic planning, but because it was governed *for* the people,
by a leadership that truly wanted a rise in the standard of living of the
population. 

There is no point in having a democracy if the people who are elected do not

represent adequately the electorate. I believe that India cannot hope to 
develop properly until power really is shifted to the people.

I would be most interested to recieve any comments on this brief outline of 
my beliefs.

rjparr@hotmail.com





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