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India's Century by Kamal Nath
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May 01, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: business
Recommended for: Business people

Having recently visited India, I was curious about seeing evidence of the sudden burst of economic force on the subcontinent. It was certainly in evidence, as were the major challenges that still face India.

Nath is a major political figure in India and this book reads like a commercial for the country written by its Chamber of Commerce. The most valuable parts are the history and explanation of the emergence of India as a world ecomomic power.

Nath give short shrift to the remaining challenges for India, making no mention of overpopulation. Instead, he treats the young demographic of India as a competitive advantage. It better be or else India is in for a lot more trouble.

I also think Nath is too glowing about the educational system. It is highly elitist and really underserves millions of the young people Nath thinks are going to be such an advantage.

Nath also ascribes progress to India genetics (nonsense) and to its culture. The culture of India (which is actually very diverse) cuts in two directions relative to Indian international competitiveness. Nath highlights the advantages, but is too light on the drags.

This said, the book gives some interesting insights.

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