How can India become a great country once again, is the question explored in this book. In the past, India had significant achievements in science, technology, mathematics and business. A failure to build robust institutional networks of information and trust and indifference of the state to business communities, brought all that crashing down within a generation. Many of these historical patterns persist till today. The ability to create wealth has everything to do with such networks. There was never any shortage of innovation in India. What was lacking was the ability to learn from their own experience. The building of learning networks and a learning ecosystem that could be used by people to leverage success – this is what is needed to unlock the huge talent pool that India possesses.
This book addresses young, educated and aspiring Indians in different walks of life who are interested in contemporary issues relating to nation, society and economy. It puts forward some solutions to the problems that India faces. It would be of interest to anyone who would like to know how history can teach us to re-write the Indian growth story and to re-build a great nation.
The book could also be used as reading material for students of history, political science, public administration, business administration, in under-graduate and post-graduate classes.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: What Prevents India from Becoming Rich Again 1. India: Rich in Resources 2. Information and Productivity: The Missing Link 3. Bankers Extraordinaire: The House of Jagat Seth 4. The Unsung Artisan 5. The Land of the Lotus Eaters 6. Improving the Learning Curve 7. The Way Forward
Meeta Rajivlochan has held the charge of Additional Director General of Foreign Trade, Department of Commerce, Government of India. She was also Secretary in the Department of Public Health and Department of Finance in Maharashtra. She facilitated the development of clinical guidelines for diagnosis that helped create a learning-based patient-centric model of health care that was adopted for the state health insurance scheme. Currently she is the Member Secretary in the National Commission for Women. She has written extensively on issues of public policy.
M. Rajivlochan is at the Department of History, Panjab University. His latest, with Meeta and Gurinder Kairon, is a biography of Sardar Partap Singh Kairon. He has authored books on agrarian distress, on Jal Swaraj and, on the social history of Chandigarh. He is on the Senate of the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh and is a Member of the State Higher Education Council, Chandigarh.