Dr M, in India we have bad roads but true democracy
December 21, 2011. Last week, Dr Mahathir gave a speech in India which stirred one Indian activist to retort in an open letter to the doctor.
Dear Dr Mahathir,
A couple of days back I woke up to newspaper reports which quoted you as saying that India’s democracy is a hindrance to its development and, if we did away with the nuisance of democracy, we will become developed.
Well, sir, it is heartening to see your concern about India’s future, especially now that our own elected government has orphaned us. To read that someone from the outside cares about our development sounds so very nice.But you see, sir, your (apparently) good intentions notwithstanding, your advice to Indians is, well how should I put it… ill-advised. I’m not really sure if you know much about the history of our nation. Don’t get me wrong.