A New Book Comparing Socialist China to Democratic India
A new book for Dr. Nadia Helmy – the Egyptian expert in Chinese Politics and Asian affairs about China and India – is presented to the Chinese and Indian governments, Chinese President (Xi Jingping), Comrades in the Communist Party of China and the Indian Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) in English, on the occasion of passing 70 Years of India-China Diplomatic Relations, entitled:
“A comparative view on the “Chinese Consultative Socialism” and state-building: Focusing on the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s New Theory of “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”, and Indian “Parliamentary Federal Participatory Democracy” and state-building: Focusing on the Legislative elections in 2019,”
This book offers a fresh framework and research agenda to examine the relationship between the pattern of the unique political system of both (China and India) and the size of “convergence and the similarity” between them. It will be much helpful to compare between the main policies adopted by both the Communist ruling Party of China (CPC) and the ruling “Bharatiya Janata” Indian Party (BJP) and their implications on the political scene at home and abroad. So, we will learn about some aspects of the phenomenon of “participatory, consultative and Socialist democracies of China and India” by understanding the concepts of Socialist and participatory democracies, and the “manifestations of the complex nature” of the “multi-national Indian and Chinese” society, the main mutual obstacles to their political systems. Our thesis argues that India was and still presents an important model for the development of the “democratic experience” in one of the largest countries in the third world, based on “participatory democracy” and the participation of all its citizens and minorities in political “decision-making” processes, and the selection of its representatives in Parliament. While both India and China models are still suffering as “developing countries” of many political, economic, social and security problems, but India has succeeded in building various institutions, making its study one of the most important studies in the field of political science on “Indian distinguished political” experience. And in light of this, the comparison between “participatory democracy” as a unique experience in the Indian society while focusing on the “pattern of the legislative elections” in May 2019, with the “China’s New Era”- declared by the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, to identify the “new pattern or form of democratic socialism with Chinese unique characteristics”- helps us understand the most important political developments of the two (Indian and Chinese) experiences together. At last, the ability of the governing authorities in the two countries to reduce the internal problems through the establishment of a “mixed economy”, the development of “Rural and Urban” areas; take into account the linguistic and cultural differences which reflected in the geographical distribution, and the form of political system.