Jat protests lesson for China, says Beijing paper

The editorial, published in the Global Times, a tabloid under the official People’s Daily, said that although China was ahead of India in terms of economic development, it “faces huge pressure to fix social unfairness”.

Jat protests

The on-going Jat protests in Haryana were “a lesson” for China about the dangers of social unrest stemming from inequality, a Communist Party-run paper said on Tuesday.

The editorial, published in the Global Times, a tabloid under the official People’s Daily, said that although China was ahead of India in terms of economic development, it “faces huge pressure to fix social unfairness”.

While Chinese were “astonished by repeated bloody riots in India”, they were “also surprised by Indian society’s ability to resist turmoil”.

“If similar unrest happened in China, it would be earth-shattering,” it added. “Through India, we can learn what the consequences of weak governance are. However, it also helps us understand the adaptability of society. There is general stability amid quite a chaotic situation in India. It defies a simple label.”

Titled “A lesson from caste-triggered India unrest”, the editorial argued that the wealth gap in India could “become a tumour that India cannot overcome” because “India’s democratic system allows each group to seek maximum interests while people’s understanding of justice is often polarising.”

The paper did not, however, reference China’s own wealth gap, which, according to many international Gini coefficient estimates – which reflect income distribution and inequality – is even greater than India’s. For the Communist Party, the widening income gap is a sensitive issue.

The newspaper, known for its hard-line views, said both countries could be “each other’s development reference”. While China has been far ahead of India in terms of development, the Global Times said, India also “offers us thoughts for its society’s adaptability, which China must build along with its problem-solving ability”.
[source :-intoday]