Ronald Reagan: "Can't we plan our lives better ourselves?"


I'm not a fan of former US president Ronald Reagan or his policies in general or his party or anything, but something he said in an election speech in 1964 struck me as very relevant:
"This is the issue of this election: whether we believe in our capacity for self government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves."
If this statement is true for the USA which is a country which pales in comparison with India in linguistic and cultural diversity, is it not more true for India? If it's true for the USA where both the "little intellectual elite in a far distant capital" and "ourselves" are basically English speakers from more or less the same culture, how true must it be for India where that "intellectual elite in a far distant capital" and "ourselves" share neither a common language nor culture?

Why should any Kannadiga (or any Tamil or Telugu or Malayali or Marathi or....any Indian) believe that a little intellectual elite (made up mainly of actually well-meaning Hindi folks like Kapil Sibal) sitting in a far distant capital called New Delhi can plan our lives better than we can plan them ourselves? Are Kannadigas incapable of planning their lives themselves? Must we abandon the Indian Revolution which culminated in freedom in 1947?

And then, if Ronald Reagan could ask this question and get voted to power in the USA, why is it that anybody who asks this question in India is often regarded as parochial and unpatriotic?

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