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Can a country with a large population find better and more efficient solutions to its problems under Communism?

I am from India, the world's largest democracy. I do believe in democracy but somehow, when it comes to finding solutions to problems, a communist government seems to find effective solutions most of the time.

Is communism a better approach towards problems being faced by a country with a large population or is it something which can cost us our individual rights and liberal thinking in the process of enforcing "good" solutions to solve our problems?

This occurred to me when I took a look at China, which is a major force to reckon with in today's world. It has found solutions to a lot of its problems and has been able to solve them because they were able to enforce those solutions, being communist.


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      Feb 10 2013: Cannot agree more. Another problem of Indian thinking is to copy and paste western solutions. Or, if not copy-paste, modifying western models and running it assuming that it will produce results.
      However, pure Indian thinking and by that I mean conceiving solutions from purely Indian perspective, has been found to work wonderfully. For example the computerized/electronic railway reservation system, including the software that does it, is completely indigenous to India and it is by far the most successful and robust booking system and also the largest in the world.
      Indian electioneering (I believe the term was coined in India) is another success. China never had to conduct elections with 500 million voters, collect the ballots and declare results within a week without much of fuss.
      I agree with Kate in as much as that it's products stink of sweat shops and the success that China has made is more due to the exemplary industriousness and discipline of Chinese people than due to communism.
    • Mar 6 2013: Agree - If India addresses Corruption issue and minimises the same it would be a great Economy.

      Guess in the last 2 yrs - Indian Courts have boldly asked the Govt to Cancel Telecom Licences which involved bribery of millions of $; Sahra Group has also been brought to its senses by courts. In the last two years Business Community (India & International) have understood that as a short term measure they can gain heavily by bribing but over a period of few years they will be caught (even in India).

      One of the main reasons for Corruption in India is - Laws & Procedures governing India have been copied from British (about 50 yrs ago) and have not been revised to address the Huge increase in Populations and its needs.
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          Mar 6 2013: sure not a sound way? but it is so much fun! blame the brits!

          (and australians too. australians are brits upside down.)
        • Mar 6 2013: In fact I am blaming Indians for not focusing on revising Indian Laws in tune with changed circumstances.

          With a GDP growth rate of 6% India should have been doing well but unfortunately it is dragged down by rapid growth of population 17% per annum (on a base of 1.7 billion).

          Hope we find solutions to curtail the population growth rate.
      • Mar 8 2013: Agreed, the problems started a long time ago, but it has caused so many more problems along with it . A change in the Indian mindset is what we really need. Not going to be easy.

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