Going to India is always a new, unexpected, surprising experience even if you keep on going.

One of the biggest developing economy, a most democratic empire comparing to the Chinese one, India is still a land of tough contradictions where access to land could lift 400 million of people where 42 percent of the population lives below the poverty line and at least 20 per cent of the population frequently goes hungry.

Free industrial access and free-market capitalism as the target for the future or pandering to the “mango people” is till the key for the growth?

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Every day more people have an hard time accepting free-market economics for the same reason they have hard time accepting evolution: it is counterintuitive. Life looks intelligently designed, so natural inclination is to infer that there must be an intelligent designer – a God (and not few are there).

Similarly, the economy looks designed, so natural inclination is to infer that a designed for that is needed – a government.

In this big dilemma pathIndiahas to face for the next development, pandering to the “mango people” versus fee-market capitalism seems the trick to be solved or at least chosen.

All systems are capitalist. It’s just a matter of who owns and controls the capital – ancient king, dictator or private individual. One should properly be looking at the contrast between a free market system where individuals have the right to live like kings if they have the ability to earn that right and government control of the market system such as is found today in those remaining socialist nation.

If you are a backpacker as well as if your final destination is just Goa beaches and party venue, you feel this dilemma in every images approach you since your first arrival.

A market economy looks to be to economy what democracy is to government: a decent, if flawed, choice among many bad alternatives. What will be then the output for the Land of gods and “mango people”?