Beijing, June 18: On a study tour to China to comprehend its development, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar appeared impressed with its growth but sounded diffident about it's applicability to India.
Kumar was however, struck by how a Communist country was transformed into a that of a capitalist one in the process.
Summing up his week-long tour to both urban and rural areas of China, visiting various infrastructure projects which propelled the country into a second largest economy in the world, Nitish told Indian media here that Chinese system showcased well how development can be achieved through a centralised system of governance.
But the country which was once headed Communist revolution took to capitalist mode of development. “If you can not say this capitalism, what else is it,” he asked, asserting that profit is the motive in a capitalist model which was shunned in a Communist ideology,” the Lohiate socialist said.
Nitish was on a tour at the invitation of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) which in the past invited several Chief Ministers from India to showcase its model of development.
Yet another contrast was wherever he went, the Chinese officials from cities, provinces and the centre spoke only about GDP of their areas.
There was no talk about below poverty line and its related issues, he said. PTI