Yeah, it's all the Brits' fault, what with their organizational skills, infrastructure building and feats of engineering, government structure, common language for legal matters, trade agreements, official legal system, etc.
In fairness they did two very big bad things; killing lots of people and creaming off the profits from industry and agriculture. Pretty much everything else they did was for the better. Including the legal system they left behind, which replaced some 140 separate and unworkable legal systems that could not be enforced on a national level.
But on a lighter note, does Asok have a boyfriend? I'm asking for a friend.
@kcnetid: You are right, this is unfair to India. The situation in this respect is bad around the world, even in places supposed to be relatively western, like in the "democracies" of Russia and Turkey. Needless to say in some countries in Africa and Asia ("sting em up in public" Iran) the situation is hardly better. That being said, India is the most populated democracy in the world, and Britain is no longer there. Noblesse oblige.