Weekend Reading

This week’s links:

  • Mobilizing for a resource revolution: from McKinsey Quarterly. “Over the next quarter century, the rise of three billion more middle-class consumers will strain natural resources. The race is on to boost resource supplies, overhaul their management, and change the game with new technologies.”
  • Could coding be the next mass profession? by Roy Bahat. “There is a new opportunity emerging for young people to do productive, entrepreneurial, satisfying work: they can learn to code.”
  • Pratap Bhanu Mehta Interview: in Business Standard. “The global economic crisis is such a huge opportunity for India. People are looking to invest in places other than China. Shouldn’t we have been taking advantage of that. Doesn’t the leadership understand that almost all the things it wants to do by way of welfare and rights depend on government revenues increasing at the rate of 20-30 per cent a year? How do you increase that if you don’t have growth?”
  • T N Ninan on the root of corruption: in Business Standard. “…the hyper-ventilating leaders of an anti-corruption movement who roiled the waters for most of 2011 have not thought it necessary to say one word about how it is government-induced market distortions that lie at the root of corruption in so many sectors, and how reforms of the 1991 variety might provide solutions — indeed, better and more lasting solutions than sending Lok Pal hounds after every babu who yields to temptation.”
  • The CEO in Politics: by David Brooks. “In sum, great presidents are often aristocrats and experienced political insiders. They experience great setbacks. They feel the presence of God’s hand on their every move.”

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Rajesh Jain

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