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India & China: so different, yet so alike

In its latest “Index of Failed States“, Foreign Policy magazine has ranked India (at # 110) way ahead of China (and Russia – both at #62) in terms of stability while Pakistan jostles for a position in the “Top 10” (at # 12) with North Korea (at # 13) – both nuclear armed for good measure.

and yet the report describes China in words that could have almost been written for India:

“…the growing divide between urban and rural, as well as continued protests in the countryside, reveals pockets of frailty that the central govenment is only just beginning to address”.

rankings-up-fs2007.gif For the curious amongst you, the top 3 places in the Index go to Sudan, Iraq and Somalia.

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India, China and the next decade…

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June 21st, 2007 Posted by | China, Development Issues, Emerging Markets, Globalization, India | 2 comments


  1. Shantanu, all in top 10 or even top 60 appear to be characterised by the lack of stable democracies and considerable poverty. Although the text acknowledges that it is not always for lack of international support, that such excellence in failure (!) can be allowed to foster, it will be worth analysing which examples other than Iraq and Afghanistan can be extracted. I am hoping you will share more of your views as an ex-Diplomat on this in a future post. 🙂

    Comment by Shefaly Yogendra | June 25, 2007

  2. Shefaly: Good observation…yes, it would be interesting to analyse and ponder a little more deeply about this…as you say, perhaps a future post! Thanks

    Comment by Shantanu | June 26, 2007

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