Our country expects that we follow the law and rules and regulations, but Indians are one of the worst violators of laws and rules in the world. Those of us who have extensive travel experience can testify to this fact
The way the Congress party handled the selection of new Chief Ministers for the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, it suggests that the 'high command' culture in the party may have given way to more inner-party democracy. The same cannot be said for the BJP.
Unfortunately for us, many of the G20 nations are rule of law nations, meaning that their judiciary is actually independent. They will observe and accept the absconding person's argument that in India the investigating agencies, judiciary and jail system are problematic. This cannot be denied, even by us.
The one change that has come by our way as a nation is that we have become more easily communal in our expression as a nation. Today the political parties and the mass media we can say things, reckless things, that they perhaps hesitated from saying before 1992.
The assumption is that it is a strong leader like the current prime minister who will make India powerful. But, true greatness will elude this nation, no matter how brilliant the individual at the helm may be.
In India, the Hindu right wing is hounding writer Ramachandra Guha calling him anti-national. In Pakistan, people are objecting to the Supreme Court decision that freed a poor Christian woman who was jailed for many years on the false charge of defaming Islam.
If we were to look at the various reservation agitations by the large dominant peasant groups, the Patidars, the Jats and the Marathas, we would conclude that not enough jobs are being created to shift people from agriculture to the modern economy.