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India vs. China – how each deal with human misery caused by large scale disasters

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When I consider the obvious misery of ordinary Indians in Northern India suffering privation, no water or food for several days, and minimal physical efforts from their government to move them for the disaster zone as well as the miserable situation once they reach “dry land”, I can’t help comparing their fate to what happened in earthquake devastated Sichuan a few months ago.

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Both countries have their share of ultra wealthy resulting from their economic expansions. But India is obviously still mired in government inefficiency and inability to help its most momentarily deprived citizens. Neither its government nor its middle class seem to be ready to rescue their fellow citizens in a timely and meaningful way.

China was able, even during the few months running up to the Olympics to keep its eye on both situations and move resources ASAP to help its citizens deal with physical, economic and social calamities.

India is still a desperately backward country, which is ready to spend scarce resources on conflict with Pakistan, but manifestly unable to help its own people in time with anything but the skimpiest resources and bare bones rescue infrastructure. The political leaders of India have time to negotiate nuclear deals with the USA, but seemingly little time to deal with natural disaster in its own country. Contrast that with the leadership behavior of Hu JinTao and Wen JiBao during the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake.

This link provides a profile of eye-popping infrastructure in China today and outlines other projects underway and contemplated. This is another useful point of comparison between the two countries, India with inadequate and decaying assets vs. China going from improvement to greater improvement.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/09/01 at 13:37

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