India Observations: What’s here that’s missing from China

It smacks you in the face as soon as you turn on the TV, especially with the trust vote (aka, vote of confidence, oops, I meant “no confidence” vote) looming over the Singh government.  Which is exactly the gaping void in China: substantive political debate that would lead to a change in government.  Individual pols may get in trouble, some political topics are debated, some appeals are heard and even answered.  However, there is never any questioning of the leading (and permanent) role of the Communist Party.

Funny how reassuring and familiar the chaos of high-stakes — if not exactly high-grade — parliamentary debate can be (plenty of coverage in the Times of India here, with a highly-annoying old school blizzard of pop-ups if your blocker isn’t on).

Another familar sight: jailed and hospitalized legislators shipped in for a knife’s edge vote (here and here).  And oddly reassuring too…I’m convinced that corrupt politicians are less dangerous than the so-called “incorruptible.” 

Put me down as a vote for old-fashioned human frailty over an inhuman devotion to ideology.

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