India Superpower 2020

The Week has a collection of articles with a lead-in by President Kalam: “The nation can use its core competence in IT, natural resources and human resources to become a knowledge superpower by 2020…In the 21st century, knowledge is the primary production resource instead of capital or labour. There will be a shift from the molecule-centric agricultural era to the electron-centric knowledge era. The efficient utilisation of knowledge alone can create comprehensive wealth for the nation in the form of better health, education, infrastructure and other social indicators. The ability to create and maintain the knowledge infrastructure, develop knowledge workers and enhance their productivity through creation, and nurturing and exploitation of new knowledge will be the key factors in a nation becoming a knowledge superpower…As the world transforms into a knowledge society, India has the tremendous advantage due to its core competence in certain technologies including IT, vast natural resources and above all, 300 million ignited youth. This strength must be harnessed fully for the transformation of society. This will be a beautiful India, prosperous India and happy India.”

Among the other contributors for the lead articles are Ganesh Natarajan, Arun Nehru, Naveen Patnaik, Bharat Karnad, M.S. Swaminathan, Chinmaya R. Gharekhan, R.K. Pachauri, P.V. Indiresan, K. Kasturirangan, Pritish Nandy and Arun Shourie.

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Rajesh Jain

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