Is democracy India’s biggest hurdle to progress?

SUNAAD RAGHURAM writes: Someone I met recently, and who had been in China for a long time in a senior corporate capacity, had this to say about the country:

“Language (English) is a huge impediment there. Although attempts are being made to learn the language, they have a long way to go before they can catch up with us. The Indian IT industry will always be light years ahead due to this fact.

“Language apart, the comprehension level of the average Chinese is quite abysmal. You explain to him one thing and invariably he’ll do quite another, even if it has been told in Chinese, forget English! The Indian in comparison is smart when it comes to understanding a technical situation and will put things into action straightaway.”

But, then, why is China far more international in character and so infrastructurally advanced compared to India, I asked.

“That is because they have no democracy,” declared he.

True or false? Too simplistic?