Ideas and Action for a Better India
Major socio-political changes are taking place in communist-ruled China, opening up strong possibilities for the growth of democracy and citizens’ rights in the coming years. However, China is not going to imitate the Western model of democracy. Rather, it is proactively exploring its own model of democracy based on the nation’s rich cultural and philosophical traditions, such as the teachings of Confucius.
This was the thrust of an illuminating talk by Shri Ravi Bhoothalingam, a noted China expert, at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Mumbai on July 20th, 2010. He was speaking to a full house on ‘China 2020: A Confucian Democracy?’ The function was presided over by Shri D.P. Tripathi, National General Secretary of the Nationalist Congress Party, who has been promoting the cause of closer India-China ties for many years. In his opening address, Shri Sudheendra Kulkarni, Chairman at ORF Mumbai, stressed the importance of China’s arrival on the world stage and its increasing level of participation in global affairs. In particular, it is important for India to take note and to study the ascent of China closely and rigorously, with specific reference to the implications for India’s economic, social and political development. He explained that the talk was the beginning of a sustained agenda of activities that ORF Mumbai has planned to contribute to the revival of India-China friendship, which he described as “the need of the hour”. He warmly welcomed the presence of Mr. Zhan Yuhui, Consul (cultural affairs), in the Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Mumbai…(more)