A recent article in The Globalist (theglobalist.com)
examined the similarities between India, which is usually compared to China,
with Brazil,a third member of group of
countries known as the BRICS.The piece
was written by Ruchir Sharma author of the book “Breakout Nations: In Pursuit
of the Next Economic Miracles”.
He writes of the
similarities in the cultures of the two countries where long standing close
relationships are a fundamental element of society.Tradition and values are shared within the
group and it is likely that members of ones group are given special
consideration in all matters, opening up the possibility of favoritism and
One way to
discover if his idea can be confirmed is to review the most recent Corruption
Perception Index prepared by Transparency International. (transparency.org).Their 2011 report ranked the perceived levels
of corruption in over 100 countries.New Zealand was rated the least corrupt with a score of 9.5 (the best possible
is 10 with the worst being zero).
As far as India and Brazil, the results do not reveal
the similarity suggested by the author.Brazil
ranked #72 with a score of 3.8 while India was #95 at 3.1 (The other BRICS
nations, China and South Africa, were #75 at 3.6 and #64 at 4.1 respectively).
This report is
just one tool that can be used to compare countries of the world.The authors premise that there is a special
bond between India and Brazil is worth considering and watching to see what we
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