India-China: Resplendent, Re-emergent Civilizations

Posted by: Manjeet Krpalani on January 22, 2009

Forget Emerging Markets, Developing Countries, Chindia, and all that stuff you heard about India and China.

The new definition of these two countries is Resplendent, Re-emergent Civilizations - RRC, as Gergory T. Shea calls, vice president, government affairs, Asia Pacific, for Research in Motion, calls it.

Shea, whose company makes the can’t-live-without-it Blackberry, reminds me that in the middle ages, technology from India and China flowed into Europe and resulted in the Continent moving rapidly from the medieval era into the industrialized era, from whence it emerged dominant globally.

The information technology industry is doing just that for both India and China in this era. It’s speeding up the process of the re-emergence of these two ancient civilizations, making them resplendent once more.

India and China: RRC nations. Has a nice ring to it, no?

Reader Comments

Dude is funny

January 23, 2009 3:23 PM

As a Chinese, I am tired of this stuff. Just knock it off, you can hype up India all you want, but please leave China out of it. We, as nations, are totally different.

And seriously, this is what a BW reporter comes up with? This is a total junk post.

k.kumar

January 26, 2009 4:16 AM

I think there is too much of media hype about India. I don't think India deserves that much. Just like other countries India is its secondary stage of development trying to undergo industrialisation.

Bo

January 26, 2009 10:14 PM

It's ironic that all the talk about China emerging as a superpower of the 21st century is confined to the West. I have stayed in China for a total of 18 months, and during which almost none of the Chinese I spoke to cared much about the superpower talk. Rather, the Chinese seem to have a much more realistic assessment of their position vis-a-vis the developed world. Almost every Chinese expressed that China was at least 50 to 80 years away from achieving parity with the West, and much work remained to be done. Achieving super power status did not even figure in their list of priorities. They are instead focused on more practical matters such as raising their living standards, providing quality education, combating corruption, and improving their competitiveness. I find the Chinese attitude exceptionally impressive, and we have much to learn from their pragmatism and aversion to hype and fluff. Contrasting the attitude of the Chinese with that of the Indian ruling elite, I have to say that China's future is brighter because they harbor little illusion about their present circumstance and know fully well how much more they have to overcome to reach their goals. This awareness was evident in many things I observed in China, from their world-class infrastructure and industrial planning to education policies and research initiatives, each area is carefully planned at least a decade or more ahead. Such a systematic and disciplined approach has made me rethink my ABCs of economic development.

@Bo

January 27, 2009 1:30 PM

Bo contrasts the attitude of the Indian ruling elite (presumably a group quick to boast) with the realistic Chinese who are focused on practical matters. A better apple-to-apple comparison might be ordinary folks in the two countries. Like people around the globe, 99% of Indians are also focused on practical matters such as the next meal, business deal, or a chance to get together with friends. I have noticed that many Chinese who post here like to view Indians as boastful. I think that is more a reflection of their own prejudices than reality. Boastful people are everywhere, even in China. But most people everywhere just want to get through the day.
My point to Bo: quit boasting by denigrating others. It doesn't look good.

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