Transforming India: Opportunities and Optimism Lost

We are in the last two weeks of the year. It has been a year wherein we have a slow ebbing of confidence on multiple fronts in the country. The economic indicators are a reflection not so much of the global state of affairs (however much our Finance Minister would want us to believe otherwise) as an outcome of decisions not taken and reforms not done within. For that reason, the year 2011 has been one where our optimism about the future abated as we lost opportunity after opportunity to put the country on a growth path for the future.

It is easy to say that the Prime Minister, being at the helm of affairs, is responsible. After all, he and his government would have taken credit had things gone right. If Time had a “Person of the Year” for India – one who for better or worse has made an impact – I am sure our Prime Minister would have definitely made it to the shortlist, if not headed it. As commentator after commentator has said, we need to go far back in memory to see such a pathetic government and state of governance at the Centre.

But is that all? Will just a change in Prime Minister solve India’s problems?

Continued tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “Transforming India: Opportunities and Optimism Lost

  1. How about the role of BJP in ensuring that no reforms take place: FDI in retail, GST, UID/Aadhaar bill…

    I live in Bangalore and I’ve seen what BJP is doing here..they are using every single day of being in power to LOOT. Period. No one in their right mind would accuse our Prime Minister of looting.

  2. Hi Ram,
    If the BJP government in Karnataka is looting the state every single day, then that government must be booted out in the next election.

    The prime minister (while he himself might not be corrupt) has overseen the biggest loot this country has ever witnessed. His actions (or lack of it) till date have shown him to be a mute spectator and a disgrace to the office of the prime minister of India.

    What Rajesh is talking about (in subsequent posts) is the need for a strong and effective leader who can put the country’s national interest above all other considerations. Such a leader can also set the right example for all else (down the chain) to follow.

    While the longer-term, bottom-up cleansing of Indian society will require a thought revolution (and therefore fundamental changes to the education system/ curricula to precede it), shorter-term top-down cleansing of the government machinery can happen if there is a strong and clean leader occupying the prime minister’s post. Rahul Gandhi is incapable of providing the kind of leadership that our country so desperately needs at this hour.