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.