Mr Lee Kuan Yew was a sage. Politicians are generally vile, myopic, self-serving, stupid, vacuous windbags. That Singapore had a Confucian sage for its first prime minister is amazing. Too bad Singapore is a small country. Imagine if LKY had been the first prime minister of India. India’s economy today would probably have been about 10 times that of China, instead of being 1/5th that it is today.
Here’s LKY at an elections rally in 1980. He points out that a socialist centralized command-and-control economy fails miserably, whereas an open free market economy thrives. China, he notes, followed the Soviet model and failed. But fortunately for China, Deng Xiaopeng recognized the problem and had the courage to admit that China had to move toward an open free-market economy. Admitting past mistakes is the first step to recovery. It takes courage to admit one’s mistakes. Both LKY and Deng had that courage. Not one single Indian politician has ever admitted one single mistake. For that, hundreds of millions of Indians have paid, and continue to pay, a heavy price.
The minds of three generations of Indians have been systematically poisoned by socialist nonsense. They have come to believe that government is the answer to every problem of society. The fact is that the government is the cause of those problems. They think that profit is a bad word, when the fact is that without profits, society suffers. Only after the poison of socialism is removed from the polity will there be any hope of India’s development. No Indian administration has ever understood this fact.
Post script: I have about 20 posts on Lee Kuan Yew so far on this blog. Go read them all.