Include study on life, policies of Mr Lee in schools

I congratulate The Straits Times for choosing founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as Asian of the Year ("He won the world's respect, in life as in death"; last Saturday).

How he transformed a poor, backwater island into a First World nation with truly global standards is an amazing story.

Every politician, especially those of poor, developing nations, should study Mr Lee's story in depth and emulate him.

As a former parliamentarian of India's Upper House, I would say that had India followed Mr Lee's style of good governance, the country would have been a developed nation by now.

All schools and universities across the world, particularly in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America, should include a study on the life and policies of Mr Lee.

Robert Kharshiing

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2015, with the headline 'Include study on life, policies of Mr Lee in schools'. Print Edition | Subscribe