Along with changing the economic model of India and driving a reforms-led agenda, UPA 2 also need to think big. Two-and-a-half years is a long time for many such bold ideas to start having an impact.
India needs a hundred new cities. India needs to rethink agriculture productivity. India needs massive investments in alternate sources of energy. Education and healthcare need radical change. (Read Chetan Bhagat’s latest book “Revolution 2020” to get an idea of how messed up the higher education system in India is.) India needs high-speed mass transportation systems between cities and within cities. The list goes on.
Where are the big ideas for India? Why have we stopped dreaming big? Again, if survival and scams dictate the daily discussion agenda in the corridors of power, we are going to face severe constraints going ahead. The situation today is like a frog in pot of water being gradually heated to the boiling point.