Imagining India: The Idea of a Nation Renewed

Imagining India: The Idea of a Nation Renewed Imagining India Created Ripples With Its Perspective On India S Recent History And The Core Issues Plaguing The Country S Development Cogently Argued And Packed With Nilekani S Own Experiences And Interactions With Hundreds Of Opinion Leaders, It Offers A Comprehensive Blueprint For India In The Twenty First Century

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  • 544 pages
  • Imagining India: The Idea of a Nation Renewed
  • Nandan Nilekani
  • 15 January 2018

10 thoughts on “Imagining India: The Idea of a Nation Renewed

  1. says:

    Nandan has the authority needed And now, he is in the right dock where he can make changes happen There is some past There is some future And that s where the book takes us Not great but certainly good.

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    A great work by a great person It is a kind of vision document that reflects the upcoming possibilities for India in the way of becoming the next superpower How to lead India upfront and Indians on upfront and what should be the strategies in pursuing those tasks, Nandan s imagination deals with those A visionary person that led down the foundation of Adhar card in India and this thing has been used best by the Modi led NDA government Such a great book and wonderful visionary ideas.

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    Finished At last It s taken me three weeks of slow, solid reading to get through this book, and it was worth every inch of the journey.Nandan Nilekani, the author, is co founder of the hugely successful IT company Infosys He is at the heart of the Indian business and economic community, and initiatives to modernise the country He really comes across as having his finger on the pulse His perspective seems to be humanitarian as well as purely practical, and for this he acknowledges the influence of his wife, who works for an NGO.The scope of the book is vast He discusses a raft of issues pertinent to modern India.Infrastructure Cities v rural communitiesHousing Business EducationEnergyPensions and social security HealthPolitics FarmersThe possibility of a national identity card BankingThe forthcoming baby boomEnvironmentalismTo many of these topics he brings a brief discussion about the history of India British India, followed by Nehru and the socialist ideals of successive governments This was followed by the major reforms of the 1990s, and latterly, the flowering of India, with a sparking of successful business initiatives, particularly in the high technology sector As with all countries, India s history has vastly shaped her current situation, and it is a major strength of the book that Nikekani has placed most of the issues discussed in their historical context.Nikekani s India comes across as a place of enormous strengths and enormous weakness, but his tone is always upbeat He talks to a wide variety of innovators, reformers and policy makers in the book, and they are full of suggestions for constructive ways forward.I found this a fascinating and inspiring read A must for anyone interested in contemporary India.

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    So this is where Rahul Gandhi gets his ammunition of India is an idea India is a thought from.Good NewsAt 500 pages, you expect the book to be grounded in research It is that, and The anecdotes about India s reluctance to accept technology are delectable The one I found most amusing was about the time when Rajiv Gandhi asked Indian Railways to present data on spreadsheets and the Babus wrote it all on bed sheets The stories from License Permit Raj drive home the point that it wasn t socialism, but prolonging it after it had run its course, that led to those lost decades of growth As I turned the pages, I could see India transition from a society that mistrusts private enterprise to one that respects the spirit of the bania class.Bad NewsAbraham Maslow, of the Maslow s Pyramid fame, said If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail Nilekani s solution to India s problems is technology This conveniently ignores the fact that a large number of projects even in IT fail because of organizational issues This is something I have regularly felt while reading the otherwise brilliant Dilbert Blog as well I don t know how technology can make women feel safer Or how technology can convince a poor family to opt for education and vocational training when subsidies and grants can satisfy its immediate needs.But then, these are the ideas of one man We need such people to put forward their ideas The answers lie in the united wisdom of these experts.All said and done, if I had to read two books about modern India, I d pick this one right after Ramachandra Guha s India After Gandhi.

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    What is a Demographic dividend The concept was new to me before reading this book India has than 50% of its population below the age of 25 and than 65% below the age of 35 It is expected that, in 2020, the average age of an Indian will be 29 years, compared to 37 for China and 48 for Japan and, by 2030, India s dependency ratio should be just over 0.4 , ie 60% of the population will be working When China , USA and other major economic peers of India will be spending a major part of their money on the dependents, India will have a robust work force and a minor spending on old age This will result in a major increase in output in terms of productivity of the nation But there are cases wherein such a golden opportunity was squandered, like in the case of Brazil which enjoyed such a dividend from 1980 to 2000 The mistake Brazil did was that it never created enough jobs for its young people, thereby making them waste their youthful energy doing nothing productive India today is at cross roads having reaped rich dividends in the 20 years of economic reforms, complimented by the boon of Information Technology.What makes India s timing unique is that, it already knows the environmental costs the developed economies and China had to pay for their reckless development This gives us a golden chance to mitigate the environmental impact beforehand and still maintain the growth rate India has a per capita energy use oil equivalent per capita 559 kgs, which is much lower than the developed world USA 7164 and China 1806 This is partially because of the lack of access of electricity to the rural areas and the general low standard of life But the positive side is we still have a chance to mould our people to keep the energy use minimum and yet maintain a decent life style, without wasting energy like the developed world do The book also takes references from a plethora of eminent citizens cutting across the society, be it, Sulabh International s Bindeshwar Pathak, or the historian thinker Ramachandra Guha, or the Father of India s communication revolution, Sam Pitroda The author covers seemingly trivial but hugely important for the Human Development Index, the availability of toilets in the country He jokingly refers to the incident that forced a bride s parents to call off the marriage to a groom whose village had no toilets A point which India has to improve upon before sending our man to the moon, along with the other parameters like malnourishment and the skewed sex ratio It also takes a dig at China which faces an acute social problem of grooms finding it difficult to find a girl due to an unbalanced ratio 962 females to 1000 males , a pointer to India as well Being a man from the Information Technology sector, he stresses the importance and the role played by the sector in the various segments of economy a funny incident being, a State bank union opposing the computerization of banks on the pretext of people losing jobs Today the computers have taken banking to the nook and corner of the country boosting employment be it through the public or private banks Those days the only reason the bank employees allowed computers were for the reason that computers asked for air conditioned rooms, thereby giving them also the comfort of AC There can be no better example of technology creating jobs and better efficiency Today the same bank union s secretary gives the annual report on a power point presentation in his lap top Nandan Nilkani has proved that he is not only a beneficiary of the IT boom, but an asset for India in the true sense He could have well continued his ride in a BMW, reaping profits for Infosys But his relinquishment of these in favour of an Ambassador car and an ordinary Government office, is a welcome sign for the all Indian Techies to start a reverse brain drain.

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    I learned quite a bit from this book, as someone outside India and theIndian community, and thoroughly enjoyed Nilekani s writing It s awide ranging treatise with many big agendas it covers education,infrastructure, environmental challenges, government intervention, andthe role of historical narrative, among other things Biggest amongits agenda and the one that I wager will generate the most debate isNilekani s own version of what I d call a modern combination ofneoliberalism and neoprogressivism that seems to be gainingground The general idea is that governments should take a leadingrole to promote social progress by creating an infrastructure thatallows individuals to form their own destinies good education, goodhealth care, good physical infrastructure, a light touch form ofregulation that ensures quality, and occasional direct welfarepayments rather than preserving oases of protection and easily abusedsubsidies for particular interest groups, notably unions, smallbusinesses, and disadvantaged castes.

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    The fact that someone could capture the journey of the worlds largest democracy in form of ideas would have been unbelievable had this book not been written It is for everyone and anyone who is interested in India, how it became what it is It makes you think too much to be read in one go You could take months and years and may be your entire life to read and learn from it and still have something left It is one of those books that are to be digested Yes, the author talks about ideas but not without instances and stories He talks of problems but not without pinpointing the causes and discussing the solutions The numbers are woeful at times, but the tone is always hopeful.

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    Very well portrayed summary of India s growth story The book simultaneously fills one with optimism about India s potential to become an economic powerhouse and laments the lack of initiative being taken Exhaustive in covering all the important aspects of the nation from a policy maker s perspective health, education, political scenario, employment, the environment the book presents a candid picture of the state of affairs in the country It presents the transition of the country from the protectionist regime to the business friendly, open economy it is today Regressive government policies failed to encourage Indian businesses from becoming globally competitive until very recently We now have an immense advantage in terms of our superior demographics and skilled, english speaking population that can compete in the world job market as well as a rising trend of private enterprises showing the way for bottom up growth Our challenges lie in poor governance especially visible in low investment in basic healthcare and primary education, inability to control corruption and opacity in land record keeping and public distribution system Time and again, government policies have ended up benefiting special interest groups and have shown a poor track record in emancipating the poor Vote bank politics have buoyed economically un viable measures such as free power and subsidies which have led to free ridership and environmental degradation The author has faith in the power of democracy to overthrow underperforming governments time and again and an increase in awareness in recent times that investment in infrastructure and transparency in governance are important than sops and subsidies The author seeks to make a personal contribution to the growth story by universalising the UID Aadhar Card to better identify and reach the target audience for public welfare programmes Excellent read, has made me much aware about the ills pervading the society as well as the positive forces shaping the economy and putting it on the world map Proud to be an Indian Jai Hind

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    Nandan Nilekani certainly needs no introduction He is an icon in the corporate world not just in India, but across the globe I had wanted to read his book for a long time well, right from the time the book was launched, I guess.Naturally, I had a lot of expectations when I finally got started on this The start was very good he begins explaining why he is writing a book on India, and not on IT Infosys He rightly detected the curiosity which any reader would have, and goes to explain at length his passion around the growth and development of the whole country, and his humble attempt to energize the citizens of this country As we move ahead, he also explains with great detail how our country has evolved since Independence, how our leaders thought about capitalism and socialism in the early days, and how things stand now I found the musings on these lines very enlightening, because, frankly, I have never read the economic history of India So far, so good so what, as the pessimist may say Unfortunately, this is where the excitement ended for me After a point, I found a lot of repetitions in ideas More disappointingly, what next , was not articulated well The optimism of we can do lot is fine but what exactly should one be doing was not clear Somewhere along the line, things get muddled and fuzzy I could as well have been attending a general summit on India with politicians and corporate leaders talking a lot, but not making any substantial point I just barely managed to finish the book thereafter, I was left pondering so what have I learnt to do tomorrow Overall, good read on the historical evolution of Indian economy That s about it.

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    Very thorough analysis of relevant and critical issues faced by India.If you want to know the rationale of current IT initiatives in policy decisions taken by Government, you should go through the book for eg Smart Grid Project, Direct Benefit Transfer, GIS in urban planning, NPS etc.I liked few chapters very much for eg, India by its people, Deepening of democracy,Erasing Lines,The forest for the tree.Book shines on few aspects like giving an historical account of issues by accounting British India factor and also by providing innovative solutions.However I also found certain over optimism on part of Market being all benign, 2008 financial crisis questions the claim of its efficiency and I also don t agree with his claim of caste annihilation through market and rejection of state policies like NREGA to promote their development.The underlying idea of strengthening the democracy by empowering local government definitely need to be pursued through the ways suggested by Mr Nilkeni The book ends on the note of optimism and exhort political class to take tough stands and do away with populism.Overall book is definitely a worth read to understand current challenges faced by India

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