Comparisons indeed does not make sense regardless of how much India would like to be compared with China.Yet to this day the comparison is still being made by the West and inside India. In reality the China component should be removed and replaced by African countries. The China versus India conclusion is already drawn, verdict should have been finalized years ago as a matter of fact. China has permanently surpassed India and there is no way it will ever catch up to us. China is Voyager 2 doing interstellar travel whereas India still needs to launch its space probe, that's how big the distance is between us.
Nonetheless, India serves a vital purpose:
India calling itself a democracy in the Western sense significantly undermines Western democratic crusade, making it look like that Western model is not always a one-size-fits-all solution.
India calling itself a democracy is not a bad thing.