February 26, 2006

Beginning of a new age

This is so exciting I can't stand it!

Posted by Verity at February 26, 2006 07:27 PM
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I hope this meeting goes very, very well. Fingers crossed. It could be very, very important.

A good site to follow Indo-US defense relations is here. The India Economy Blog is also good.

This piece by Fareed Zakaria looks good, too, but I have only skimmed it. This post from Secular-Right India makes some interesting points in response to Zakaria.

Posted by: Lex at February 26, 2006 08:55 PM

Before you get too excited, I encourage you to read the chapter on India from William Lewis's book The Power of Producitivity (see the recent review by James McCormick. Once you understand how deeply and perversely regulated the Indian economy is, you will find yourself shaking your head at breathless claims (such as those in the article you point to) that India is "free" and "capitalist". India has pervasive and radical changes to make before it will be even close to joining the modern world of capitalist productivity and wealth.

Posted by: Peter Saint-Andre at February 26, 2006 08:59 PM

By the way, I fervently hope that the people of India can figure out a way to overcome their overregulated past. So I don't mean to be negative. But unfortunately they have a long, long way to go.

Posted by: Peter Saint-Andre at February 28, 2006 09:34 AM

These regulators are known as the Licence Raj and it will take a while to winkle them all out. They have been dastardly for India's economy.

Posted by: Verity at February 28, 2006 10:24 AM

Here's an interesting question (at least to me). Given its similarities to India in terms of the colonial past, but also given its ambiguous relationship to us in the war (government officially an ally, much of the population and ungovernable regions part of the enemy), is Pakistan part of the Anglosphere?

If the answer is "no," is it the percentage of Islamic influence over the country that makes the difference?

Posted by: Rand Simberg at February 28, 2006 10:30 PM

Rand - My answer would be no because they don't speak English. The educated class does, of course, as they do everywhere, but English is much more routinely spoken in India. Also, they seem to have some form of shariah law,which is definitely not on. Also, they're a quasi-dictatorship.

Posted by: Verity at March 1, 2006 06:19 AM

I am not sure how important the language issue is. However in every legal and social sense, they are not.

A more intersting pairing is South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Can countries secede or recede from the Anglosphere?

Posted by: Richard Heddleson at March 1, 2006 03:41 PM

Perhaps we should be able to kick them out? But then what would the poor things speak?

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