Quote of the Day – Francis Fukuyama

Poor countries are poor not because they lack resources, but because they lack effective political institutions.
Francis Fukuyama in The Origins of Political Order p.14

It’s hard to dispute the above point, at least in the case of India.

Despite the burgeoning population, India has plenty of resources. Certainly, enough to feed its 1.2 billion people.

Yet, millions of Indians, young and old, go to bed hungry every night, sleep under the stars, defecate in public and are prey to countless depredations.

Because India’s political institutions are weak and have been hijacked by the corrupt and the strong. Beneath the veneer of the democracy, it’s the law of the jungle that operates in many parts of India, particularly the hinterlands where little of the fruits of so-called development has reached the poor.

In India’s case, the weak governing institutions are compounded by the disassociation of the growing middle class from what is considered the “cesspool of politics.”

China may not be a democracy but its political institutions are strong and govern more effectively than the Indian state.

4 Responses to "Quote of the Day – Francis Fukuyama"

  1. vjcool   June 7, 2011 at 7:00 am

    No dispute on the quote…

    http://www.travelmole.com/stories/102268.php, donno if its recent. anyway..

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Won’t be long before we return to cannibalism. 🙁

  2. Naveen   June 7, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    People are waiting for Vishnu to take Kalki avatar and solve all the problems of India. Have patience SI. 🙂

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    India will not reach great heights for a long time to come because most Indians live in a culture of corruption.

    And as anyone who’s studied societies knows, culture shifts take eons.

  3. rama dasa   June 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    im almost done with the first chapter of the book of mormon (1st nephi),so far not too bad.according to the book of mornon,the catholic church is and i quote from 1st nephi”the mother of all harlots(whores)” and who’s founder “is the devil himself”.also there are some anti-semitic phrases and tells of how the jews will be”despised in all nations” and “driven out of the promise land” for their alleged killing of jesus.it also talks about how the native americans were originally from the lost tribes of Israel….if you like reading the lord of the rings books,you will enjoy the book of mormon as it is filled with alleged battles rivaling those of frodo bagans and sauron(the dark lord of mordor)

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    No wonder, Mitt Romney is having a hard time! 😉

  4. Naveen   June 8, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    OT: Did they really have to do a study to arrive at this conclusion? 😀


    SearchIndia.com Responds:


    Queen Anne is dead.

    Next, there’ll be a study purporting to show that the distaff sex shove more stuff into their ahem you-know-what than men into their you-know-what.

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