I was talking with a friend of mine in Pune about the election results, expressing my disappointment. More than the results, what struck me was his attempt at consoling me when he said, “India is a third-rate country. What do you expect — a first-rate government for a third-rate country?”
Yes, I still expect a first-rate government even through reason says that it will inevitably be a third-rate government because the people desire it to be so.
That’s unreasonable but all progress gets its start from unreasonable expectations.