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By E. Friedman, B. Gilley

This edited quantity reconsiders the normal knowledge that argues that the comparative functionality of China has been stronger to that of India, bringing jointly new paradigms for comparing international locations when it comes to economics, social coverage, politics, and international relations. Essays exhibit that if now not outright mistaken, traditional knowledge has confirmed to be overly simplified. The e-book brings out the complexity and richness of the India-China comparability.

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Modernity is not a final state obtainable by social revolution or rural violence but a state of mind, a method of managing change obtainable through social reconciliation and respect for human lives as ends unto themselves. It is a process as much as an outcome. As Friedman noted earlier, scholars must reject the allure of “grand narratives of a once and forever transition to modernity” that “assume a final solution to the pains of permanent change” (Friedman 1998, 120, 119). Process, it turns out, matters as well as outcomes.

The notion that India could have forged a “wellorganized social-democratic party and a durable ruling coalition at the helm of a more effective state” (Kohli and Mullen 2003, 211) or “greater accomplishments within a democratic framework”(Moore [1966] 1993, 395) may overstate the possibilities for state-led mobilization in a democracy laboring under the quadruple pressures of being poor, populous, diverse, and new. The legacy of a consolidated democracy, on the other hand, may be the greatest gift for development that Nehru and his successors could have left to India.

China has end-loaded its transition costs and those costs may be quite significant. In any case, it may be that China simply should never have paid the transition costs that India did. China does not face the degree of ethnic diversity, the harmful anticolonial obsessions, or the web-like local social powers that India did. China is peopled by a culture famous for its entrepreneurial flair, attention to education, and political pragmatism. To have paid as heavy a price as India for the passage to modernity seems wasteful.

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