Saturday, 16 July 2011

Fascinating Fact about India

Here's what I learnt this week from an 87 year old leader whom some begrudge his personal assistants.

Speaking at the Future China Global Forum, Mr Lee Kuan Yew's take on India's economic rise as compared to China:

"You look at the construction industry (in India and China) and you will know the difference between one that gets things done, and another that does not get things done, but talks about things....

It is partly because India is such a diverse country - it is not one nation, it is 32 different nations speaking 330 different dialects. They became one nation under the British, but it hasn't changed the nature of the country.

In China, it is 90 per cent Han Chinese all speaking the same language, with different accents, but reading the same script.

If you stand up in Delhi and speak in English, out of 1.2 billion people, maybe 200 million will understand you.

You can speak in Hindi, maybe 250 million will understand you.

You can speak in Tamil, 80 million people will understand you.

So, I think we are comparing oranges and apples. They are different, and the taste is different.

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