The workings of a democracy, and what makes India different

Excellent, excellent article on the workings of a democracy, and the effect of military command. This is a must read.

Let me begin with two questions: Who is Pakistan’s current Chief of Army Staff? I suspect General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s name rings a bell even for those who did not answer correctly. Now, who is India’s current Chief of Army Staff? It’s General Vijay Kumar Singh, and chances are you know nothing about him. [… This is] because, unlike his Pakistani counterpart, General Singh rarely figures in the news. Which is not a bad thing at all. The firewall between India’s civilian administration and its military is the single most important factor ensuring we continue on a democratic path.

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