Delhi gangrape protest is India's Arab Spring: Fareed Zakaria
"In a way, this is India's Arab Spring. But it needs to sustain itself. And to lead to real reform and change. This Indian spring will only work out better than the Arab Spring if its national leaders recognize the need for radical and thorough change in their country," Zakaria said.
Mumbai-born Zakaria, 48, received 'Padma Bhushan' from the Indian Government in 2010.
He is editor-at-large of Time and host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS.
On his latest edition of his popular Sunday talk show and also appearing on the CNN Monday, Zakaria said there is a culture of impunity in India.
"After 600 rape cases reported in Delhi this year, only one has led to a conviction. That's why the current set of sustained protests are something of a silver lining. People are genuinely upset. The rise of India's middle class has activated a powerful civil society. One that is now demanding better government. It did so a year ago regarding corruption," he said.
Zakaria said the national attention over her death is shedding light on how unsafe Indian women actually are.
According to the national crime records bureau, there were more than 24,000 registered rapes in 2011. That's one rape every 22 minutes in India. And those are just the ones we know about, he said.