Friday, May 28, 2010

planned perpetual poverty

Here are two  very interesting and informative  BLOGs for anyone interested in the 'development' of India and also to a certain extent Indian subcontinent as a whole.
Atanu Day on India's Development
Emergic: Rajesh Jain’s Blog 

"Giving the Planned Perpetual Poverty of Socialism a Quick Burial"

"My colleague Rajesh Jain in the second part of a series “It’s Up to Us Now” notes, that “even after 63 years, India is in many senses worse off than it was in 1947. We have to understand the whys and hows of India’s failure to develop. That’s the unavoidable first step to putting India on a path to recovery. We cannot fix problems that we don’t understand the causes of, or worse yet, if we don’t even admit that we have problems.”

He asks 10 questions and writes that the search for answers to those questions “is the start for the path to reclaim India. Our so-called leaders have failed us. It is up to us now to change the course of our nation.”

• Why is India still poor?
• Why have the numbers of Indians below the poverty line doubled to more than 500 million since 1947?
• Why doesn’t India have a decent education system?
• Why are 70 percent of Indians still stuck in tiny villages in the 21st century?
• Why is 60 percent of the labor force involved in agriculture?
• Why is India’s industrial base so small?
• Why doesn’t India generate sufficient electrical power?
• Why doesn’t India have a modern rail network?
• Why doesn’t India have a serviceable road network?
• Why is India so unfriendly to business and entrepreneurship?

Atanu Day is an economist with a background in development, who did his doctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley.

Rajesh Jain is an entrepeneur based in Mumbai, India. He is the founder and Managing Director of Netcore Solutions Pvt Ltd. Read this article on him on TIME/Asia

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