As both India and China have liberalized their economies, writes Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia in her latest column at The Daily, poor rural migrants have flooded the cities in search of jobs. On the surface, it appears that Chinese cities have done a better job of assimilating these migrants becaue the cities are clean, beautiful, and, above all, free of poverty. None of that is true for Indian cities. But dig beneath the surface, Dalmia writes, and the darker half of China's beauty secret becomes apparent.
In the long run, notes Dalmia, "India's pell mell democracy might yet outperfrom China's hyperrational autocracy."