Was India lucky to be a British colony?

One of the most striking features in almost all the obituaries of John Kenneth Galbraith, the former US ambassador to India, who passed away on Saturday, is that nobody recalls his most famous label of India, that it is a functioning anarchy.

Galbraith gave an interview to Outlook magazine a few years ago, in which he famously said that India was lucky to have been a British colony. Implying we would have worse off had we been colonised by any of the other European powers.

Agree? Disagree? Couldn't care less? Tell us.

Also see Arun Venugopal's interview with him in Outlook:

http://www.outlookindia.com/fullprint.asp?choice=1&fodname=20010820&fname=Kenneth+Interview+%28F%29&sid=1