Monday, 26 April, 2010

Imagining India


B-) I finally finished this demon of a book, a hard copy for a change...

And it has been a fascinating read. Though because this time I decided to integrate it with CAT studies, I had to keep pausing for 'exact' meaning of words in dictionaries, and synonyms and so on... but nevertheless, it has helped hugely in understanding political and economic policies up to this point that have been brought into force by the various ministers of the country...

The book travails through the times when India was under the Imperial rule, and the effect the laws and regulations enforced by the regime have had in shaping India as we see it now. Nilekani repeatedly points out the unique place that India is situated in, in terms of taking advantage economically. The workforce and the population explosion that was once touted as destructive, Nilekani points out that this young population is all set to begin its career and gives this young democracy a real chance to become a true world leader.

He touches upon policies that deepened caste divisions in India, and what keeps it still rampant in a supposedly developed India. The best part is that Nilekani, not being affiliated to any political party or adhering to any strict party ideology has equally abashed and accredited both Congress and BJP, as and when deemed essential. He has praised the good policies and has been apathetic while bashing the wrong ones, for instance pointing out the unconstitutional nasbandi and abortion drives under Sanjay Gandhi when Indira Gandhi was the PM.

Nilekani has pointed out the immediate problems that we face, and has been very candid about admitting that some of the politicians are far far behind the times that we are living in, and are not open to new ideas, besides playing on the emotions of the people esp during the elections, which is why we get all the wrong people at the right posts!

Nilekani who has been invited by Manmohan Singh for implementation of the extremely ambitious UID project also explains how some of the problems of taxes and reaching out of the masses can be solved effectively through this... and just today TOI reports that the project has been renamed Aadhaar and has been assigned a symbol of a sun with a fingerprint in the middle. The details of this project have been very meticulously put up in articles I came across, which is why I think you should read them here, rather than me writing them again... part 1 and part 2.

Nilekani has his job cut out, and the deadline for this project has been set at Feb next year, but as he himself says we're bad at keeping deadlines, so what remains to be seen is if Nilekani can change it...

All in all, the book is an excellent read for anybody who's interested in polity... :)

10 comments:

Shaunak said...

He's got some mighty ambitious ideas and judging by the kind of attitude he shows, I think it'll go through as well.
Nicely written :)

Firebolt said...

Good work, girl!
Am still stuck with a LOT of books half read..

Am a huge Nilekani fan.. and this automatically becomes a must-read.. although I feel that the project he has taken up is much too ambitious, I am sure he will manage it well :)

Dhanya said...

Even though I am not much into politics... I've got to say that's a good review :) Makes me want to grab the book now... :-w

- Sugar Cube - said...
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- Sugar Cube - said...

I don't think I wanna miss reading this one specially after your review ;)

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Shaunak
Yeah, he's one of the tough guys, not bowing down to political pressure and stuff... I really hope he does...

Thank you... :D

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Firebolt
Hey, thanks! Yeah, me too... lengthy books esp if soft copies, reh jaati hai :|

Well he's outlined how he plans to go about it, but yeah, practically there will be unprecedented issues, though I feel if someone can still handle it, it's him! :)

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Dhans
Thank you... >:D< If I can inspire you to pick up political debates with me ;) R might just get jealous ;;)

Akansha Agrawal said...

@Sugar cube
:D :D
Thanks, you can take the hard copy from me if you want, ie if you don't mind all my pencil work in it... ;)

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