I came across this article (excerpt of an article that appeared in Fortune) while surfing net. This is an outsider's view why Indian women lag behind their Chinese counterpart....an eye opener and a frank opinion how world views us vis-a-vis China. This country also has patriarchal set up like we do, cannot boast of man-woman parity in every respect. But the hard fact is that seven of the top 13 richest self made women come from China, something that we will take long to achieve ( If we ever do it). No, I do not hold pessimistic views about my own country and very much want it to make great strides and command respect in world forum. But its requires more than the optimism. Government apathy, lack of education, proper health care and an insecure environment (triggered by the recent spurt in crime against women) belie any hope we hold for better future.