外文标题：Time to travail: China’s bullet trains shoot into the future – India’s roads amble into the past
For our politicians, there's something truly addictive about the Chinese that goes beyond slurping down noodles. First, foreign minister Salman Khurshid visited China just after its forays into Ladakh made Indians see red. But Khurshid used purple prose for China's Reds, waxing eloquent about Shanghai's infrastructure, adding chilli peppers to our wounds by remarking how much he'd love living there!
Now, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah's returned, similarly Red Star-struck. Siddaramaiah went to Dalian, China, to attend a World Economic Forum summit. His dalliance with Dalian left him agape at China's infrastructure, especially its bullet trains and pothole-free roads. Siddaramaiah's stated Karnataka too must enjoy such silken streets and instructed engineers to study how the Chinese pull off this marvellous feat, apparently tougher for our government than even rocket science.
The Chinese are the world's leading builders of infrastructure, large swathes of US infrastructure are crumbling, we are not even on the same planet.
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Morgan (Australia) replies to lalashok
LOL - is that why so many Indians are volunteering to go to Mars?
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Yes China can have bullet trains and expressways cos they do NOT have uncouth uneducated villagers jumping in front of trains and demand the train stop on a dime! Neither are their citizens blocking the highways at the drop of a hat for any silly reason nor cattle straying into highways and railways demanding right of way! Everything depend on the general public only, do NOT just blame the politicians for all all ills of society. Everyone of us is responsible for the sorry state of affairs in India.
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Time has changed ()
Vote Congress, be a citizen of fourth world country.
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Mohsin Malik ()
Anyone going to Shenghai should enjoy the Maglev ride. It runs from airport to almost nowhere from where you can come back on the next train and costs around $13 return. At 425 km per hour it is a feast.
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Made in China now a mark of quality; Made in India ouch...
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You want to see good Roads ? No need to go all the way to China. Just go next door to Gujarat. I am not making this up. Went to that state recently. Forget city roads (which are superb), even rural infrastructure is enviable. And although Metro rail is just starting, they have achieved wonders with a First-world BRTS implementation. And I am not a Gujarati but a neutral outsider and this is my first-hand experience.
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J.K.Ahuja Ahuja (Jabalpur) replies to Ameya
Yes it is true that quality of roads in Gujarat are better than in other states, and possibly on par with that of Tamil Nadu. Gujarat govt should get credit for the state highway maintenance,whose length is around 19000 kms,of which around 17000 kms are very good.
SOM NATH (New Delhi,India)
We, Indians are great self despising people of the world. We are not perfect but definitely not as bad as we paint ourself all the time. Some years back, it was fashionable to call ourselves laggard in cellular telephony or even rapid local area transport. Now we are one of the leaders in the field. I only want reasonably good roads rail and air transport. Not the best in the world but most extensive and reasonably priced. I have no complaints against my nation. It has a lot more for me than I could do for my country. THANK U MY BELOVED NATION FOR ALL THAT U PROVIDED ME ALL THESE YEARS>
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Dilip (Mumbai) replies to SOM NATH
India as a whole is as pathetic as pictured here. I spend time mostly in USA, India , and China. We have little sense of fairness and good governance. Shiny India is rotten at its core.
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Kundan Singh Bisht (New Delhi, India)
Even Brazil which is a developing nation has gone far ahead of us.Feel sad that in spite of having the know-how we are not able to do it. Pity.
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J.K.Ahuja Ahuja (Jabalpur)
I go to China for business purposes, the quality and magnamity of the infrastructure existing in their urban areas,leave Shanghai,Hong Kong,or Beijing,even in middle tier cities like Chengdu,Chongqing, Hangzhou etc is better than in many developed Countries. Presently China has over 1,00,000kms of 6/8 lane expressways,over 10,000kms of high speed rail system(speed 300 kms/hour or above), and over 20 cities having metro-subway services, and 20 more cities will join them by 2016. We stand no chance of ever catching up with them,Modi too will not be able to reduce the gap.
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Pranshu Harshotpal (New Delhi, India)
china has got the honest ones we have got corrupts .
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gnanam pandidhan (MALAYASIA)
nothing to study about the marvelous roads or infrastructure of china, First if you want such development then you, your party, your parties colligues (from top to bottom) parties assets should be declared as government (peoples) assets, It should be auctioned and then, you and all your party member from top to bottom should take oath that you will not take any commission from any projects, and each project should be handed over to an eligible company which can finish of within the time frame framed.
We have RIGHT TO LAND, RIGHT TO SQUAT and RIGHT TO FILE CASE and our legal luminary work at blinding speed to clear all cases.If you want all these and yet want the progress of China it is near impossible. We should learn to SACRIFICE individual RIGHTS for common GOOD!!
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Sushil Kumar (Chennai)
Their bullet trains verses our bullock carts. What a contrast?
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