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India needs big ideas if we are to create a rich, developed nation in the next 20-30 years. We are not getting these at the national level. In the political skirmishes between the various parties and their leaders, what has been left behind is an agenda of transformation. In every sector of India’s economy, there … Continue reading Big Ideas for India Contest: Overview
It is a shocking fact that apart from a few notable exceptions, India does not have adequate uninterrupted electrical power supply. Our energy policies seem to be a decade or more behind our needs. And with oil prices staying in the $100+ per barrel range, energy availability becomes a key issue that has the potential … Continue reading Big Ideas for India Contest: Question 7: What should India’s energy focus be?
With India’s big cities bursting at their seams and with small towns growing rapidly (as the latest census shows), India is urbanising rapidly. Even as one focuses on what can be made to improve quality of life in the existing towns and cities, there is a need to think of creating entirely new cities. The … Continue reading Big Ideas for India Contest: Question 8: How should India urbanise?
Thanks very much for the response to the Big Ideas for India Contest. There were 150 responses in all to the 13 questions. I want to thank you all for the participation, and apologise in advance if you thought your answer was better than one of the winners we have picked. There is always a … Continue reading Big Ideas for India Contest: 150 Responses
We have chosen 11 winners. Each of the winners will receive a copy of Atanu’s book “Transforming India: Big Ideas for a Developed India” soon. The winners: FirstBallSix Aaren Mockingbuddha Sushil Umang Saini Prakash Rakesh Babu Pratik Mhatre Jeevak Kasarkod Anshuman Goenka Abhishek Puri Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone for having participate. … Continue reading Big Ideas for India Contest: Winners
Over the next few days, I will reproduce excerpts from the winning entries. The detailed responses for most of the winners can be found in the comments of the original posts. The winners, in no particular order: Winner 1: FirstBallSix, in response to “Is there an alternative to entitlements for the social sector?” At this … Continue reading Big Ideas for India Contest: Winners – 1
Winner 3, Mockingbuddha, in response to Should India be a soft state or an assertive one? A little bit of history. America faced this problem while it was growing big, in fact one of its Presidents got elected for saying that America will stay out of world politics. They even tried to stay out of … Continue reading Big Ideas for India Contest: Winners – 2
Winner 5: Rakesh Babu, in response to multiple questions: We need electoral reforms first, then you can continue with the economic reforms. This will solve 90% of the problems ** Information to farmers about what crops to grow, what the prices are etc. ** Make users pay more for using electricity at peak time. Give … Continue reading Big Ideas for India Contest: Winners – 3
Winner 7: Prakash, in response to multiple questions: 1. India should have a high land tax. A high land tax will automatically incentivise the best usage of land. A tax slab, beginning at land value of Rs 15 lakhs onwards, maybe. That should protect most subsistence farmers.It will either improve the government revenue, or bring … Continue reading Big Ideas for India Contest: Winners – 4