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Less democratic India would have grown just as China: Mahathir

“If India is not too democratic,it will be like China in terms of development,” he said in an interactive session at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here.

India could have achieved as much as China in terms of development had it been less democratic,former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said here on Friday.

“If India is not too democratic,it will be like China in terms of development,” he said in an interactive session at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here.

Mohamad,who ruled Malaysia for 22 years,said though democracy was the best form of government,it was not the easiest way to govern. “Democracy does not always ensure stability and prosperity. Though democracy is the best form of government,it is not the easiest because people do not understand the limitations of democracy,” he added.

“It is important for the world to understand the limitations of democracy. Sometimes democracy can paralyse decision-making,” the former Malaysian prime minister said amid applause.

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BJD MP Jay Panda disagreed with Mohamad’s contention,arguing that India looked towards development as a marathon and not a sprint.

Panda said the Indian democratic system was evolving and there were plenty of countries in the world which did not have democracy and had not developed. “Our system is evolving,our trajectory of growth is certainly better than it was in earlier decades. We do need to tweak our system,but we do not need to change our system,” he added.

First published on: 03-12-2011 at 01:30:35 am
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