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43 to 44: Part 5

August 19th, 2011 · 3 Comments

The past year has seen me make four short trips to the US. The single most important reason has been Atanu. The “think time” that we spend together helps me in working through the roadmap going forward. The only thing then left now is to make the time to ensure I can now start implementing all the things that we have been discussing. That will be the most important thing I do in the coming year.

As an entrepreneur, I have done many different things over a career spanning twenty years. It is a mixed record. I now have to use much of that entrepreneurial thinking in the “blue ocean” political landscape as we seek to build out the elements that lay out an alternate agenda and future before the Indian people.

This will require getting millions of people in India to change their minds. That will not be easy. And that is why I am excited. It is a hard problem, but one that is not intractable. Only when people’s minds change will India’s political and policy future change.

So, it is on to a new year, and a new chapter. I do not know how long this book is. What I do know is that, in the spirit of a true explorer, I am ready for the “mountains beyond mountains.”

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  • 1 Siddharth Chawla // Aug 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Wish you a very long fruitful life and hope that you make huge impact on politics in our Country.

    I picked up Atanu’s book last weekend to read.
    The timing couldnt be better, 15th August and then Anna’s Satyaghara. I loved it.

    Book reads like a thesis which explains current state of politics, articulates the problems and hypothesize probable solutions with some concrete steps for solutions realization. I love the idea of RISc because it creates an excellent possible solution for elevating rural problems and creates possibility of several townships.

    Recently I was watching a debate where Mani Shankar Iyer on national TV was saying that it is they (Government) who can best decide what is good for rural villages and market mechanisms will fail because they are motivated by profit making. That is so wrong on so many levels. But the audience loved him because he was talking about helping the poor. Such ignorance can only be eradicated by education.

    Being a student of system dynamics, after reading the book I felt that there can be several simulation games created based on this book. These games can simulate the impact of various policy on the outcomes. Such games can be promoted for fun (like board games or farmville). Games will reach out younger generation and increase their understanding of the impact of various policies on society as well their own needs.

    Siddharth Chawla

  • 2 Vinod Reddy // Aug 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I am glad to see this development.
    I also encourage you to reach out to JP of Loksatta( loksatta.org) if you have not done so.

    I wish you all the very best in this new endeavour. Please do let me know if we can do anything towards this cause.

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