India needs Big, Bold Ideas

India needs a combination of new political leadership and a new set of economic policies. Leadership change will need to come before policy change.

In the past year, instead of thinking big and bold, we have been caught in a whirlwind of successive scams. I cannot even think how those in government would be getting any time to think about the future of the country beyond the next few days since they don’t know where the next scam is going to come from. This is a sad state of affairs.

We should be discussing big ideas for India’s future. We should be discussing how we can transform India in a single generation – from a poor, underdeveloped nation to a rich, developed country. But no one has the time for that. Maybe, that is an opportunity – for some leader to come forth and articulate a vision for India and outline the big ideas that we so need in almost every sector.

3 thoughts on “India needs Big, Bold Ideas

  1. i am thinking we shd have two “types” of parliament sessions, one for the government to defend things like wikileaks and another for actually doing work?

  2. Yes! India needs leadership and ideas. The country needs a leader that knows how to orchestrate the marching band. Since present-day Indians expect the government to do things for them, the first challenge for the leader is to tell them to become independent thinkers, doers, innovators, and achievers in their daily work. This person exhibits high values and communicates a positive attitude. Leaders do not necessarily come up with ideas but encourage multitudes of followers to come up with ideas and nurture them into processes, systems, and products and services for the welfare and happiness of all citizens.
    Just as scientists and engineers build components, assemblies, systems, and networks of systems, society has to be motivated to organize itself into collaborative and cooperative networks that deliver desired results. This is the job of managers who work with the leader in developing a national strategic plan. Such a plan starts with people’s needs (my favorite is Malsow’s Need Ladder). The goals and objectives are defined in terms of satisfying the needs progressively. Ends plan lays down schedules for accomplishments while means plan addresses who does what and with what resources. It can neither be a top down or bottoms up plan. It is a collaborative plan that defines how the parts work in synchrony and produce intermediate and end results. It should be highly transparent so that people can see the relationship between their efforts and results throughout the implementation time.
    The national plan consists of the geographic parts entrusted to states, districts, cities, panchayats, and villages. Its industrial, and philanthropic parts are similarly assigned to appropriate partners. The bigness comes from conceiving, nurturing, developing, and joining the parts into a seamless whole. The leadership comes in choosing the right managers (ministers, secretaries, executives, panchayat leaders, and project managers) for each part at every level and in communicating with people (electorate) the merits of the plan and the integrity of the managers.
    The vision for the plan has to be developed well before the next elections to market it and sell it to the people in a democracy so that they trust the leaders and managers and entrust them with their investment.