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Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

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    Imagining India

    Many businesspeople believe that India¿s national economy will be a dominant international force in the future. India¿s vast resources, untapped human capital and enterprising businesses cast it firmly in the role of global economic powerhouse. Nandan Nilekani, co-founder and co-chairman of Infosys, the corporate services giant, offers an insider¿s view of his home country¿s remarkable progress and ever-present challenges. He pulls no punches in detailing India¿s problems, ranging from political to cultural to economic matters, but in so doing, he paints a revealing portrait of a nation slowly coming to grips with myriad issues. This substantial book is detailed, sometimes too much so for the casual reader, but its wealth of insight and information make reading it a worthwhile endeavor. getAbstract recommends Nilekani¿s honest assessment of India ¿ past, present and future.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    Broad perspective from a business and technology leader

    I learned quite a bit from this book, as someone outside India and the
    Indian community, and thoroughly enjoyed Nilekani's writing. It's a
    wide-ranging treatise with many big agendas; it covers education,
    infrastructure, environmental challenges, government intervention, and
    the role of historical narrative, among other things. Biggest among
    its agenda--and the one that I wager will generate the most debate--is
    Nilekani's own version of what I'd call a modern combin...more I learned quite a bit from this book, as someone outside India and the
    Indian community, and thoroughly enjoyed Nilekani's writing. It's a
    wide-ranging treatise with many big agendas; it covers education,
    infrastructure, environmental challenges, government intervention, and
    the role of historical narrative, among other things. Biggest among
    its agenda--and the one that I wager will generate the most debate--is
    Nilekani's own version of what I'd call a modern combination of
    neoliberalism and neoprogressivism that seems to be gaining
    ground. The general idea is that governments should take a leading
    role to promote social progress by creating an infrastructure that
    allows individuals to form their own destinies (good education, good
    health care, good physical infrastructure, a light-touch form of
    regulation that ensures quality, and occasional direct welfare
    payments) rather than preserving oases of protection and easily abused
    subsidies for particular interest groups, notably unions, small
    businesses, and disadvantaged castes.

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