Finally managed to finish this book. The amount of detail presented is mind boggling, enough detail to serve as a text book on Indian commerce The co-founder and co-chairman of Infosys, one of India's leading computer companies, passionately expounds his position on the nation's developmental issues and possible policy solutions. Nilekani is Nandan Nilekani.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Imagining India by Nandan Nilekani. Thomas L. Friedman Foreword by. A visionary look at the evolution and future of India by a preeminent business leader India's recent economic boom—similar in scope to that of the United States during the early s or Europe's during the s—has triggered tremendous social, political, and cultural change.
The result is a country that, while managing incredible economic growth, has also begun to fully A visionary look at the evolution and future of India by a preeminent business leader India's recent economic boom—similar in scope to that of the United States during the early s or Europe's during the s—has triggered tremendous social, political, and cultural change.
The result is a country that, while managing incredible economic growth, has also begun to fully inhabit its role on the world political stage. In this far-ranging look at the central ideas that have shaped this young nation, Infosys cofounder Nandan Nilekani offers a definitive and original interpretation of the country's past, present, and future. India's future rests on more than simply economic growth; it also depends on reform and innovation in all sectors of public life.
Imagining India traces the efforts of the country's past and present leaders as they work to develop new frameworks that suit India's specific characteristics and challenges. Imagining India charts the ideas that are crucial to India's current infrastructure revolution and quest for universal literacy, urbanization, and unification; maps the ideological battlegrounds of caste, higher education, and labor reform; and argues that only a safety net of ideas from social security to public health to the environment can transcend political agendas and safeguard India's economic future.
As a cofounder of Infosys, a global leader in information technology, Nandan Nilekani has actively participated in the company's rise in the last fifteen years. In Imagining India , he uses the global experience and understanding he has gained at Infosys as a springboard from which to discuss the future of India and its role as a global citizen and emerging economic giant.
A fascinating window into the future of India, Imagining India engages with the central ideas and challenges that face the country from within and as a part of the global economy and charts a new way forward for a nation that has proved itself to be young, impatient, and vitally awake. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 29, Alok Mishra rated it liked it. Nandan has the authority needed. And now, he is in the right dock - where he can make changes happen. There is some past. There is some future. And that's where the book takes us. Not great but certainly good. Feb 08, Amit Mishra rated it it was amazing.
A great work by a great person. It is a kind of vision document that reflects the upcoming possibilities for India in the way of becoming the next superpower. How to lead India upfront and Indians on upfront and what should be the strategies in pursuing those tasks, Nandan's imagination deals with those.
A visionary person that led down the foundation of Adhar card in India and this thing has been used best by the Modi led NDA government. Such a great book and wonderful visionary ideas. Shelves: world , 4-star-reads. At last! Nandan Nilekani, the author, is co founder of the hugely successful IT company Infosys. He is at the heart of the Indian business and economic community, and initiatives to modernise the country. He really comes across as having his finger on the pulse.
His perspective seems to be humanitarian as well as purely practical, and for this he acknowledges the influe Finished. His perspective seems to be humanitarian as well as purely practical, and for this he acknowledges the influence of his wife, who works for an NGO. The scope of the book is vast. He discusses a raft of issues pertinent to modern India. Infrastructure Cities v rural communities Housing Business Education Energy Pensions and social security Health Politics Farmers The possibility of a national identity card Banking The forthcoming baby boom Environmentalism To many of these topics he brings a brief discussion about the history of India — British India, followed by Nehru and the socialist ideals of successive governments.
This was followed by the major reforms of the s, and latterly, the flowering of India, with a sparking of successful business initiatives, particularly in the high technology sector. He talks to a wide variety of innovators, reformers and policy-makers in the book, and they are full of suggestions for constructive ways forward.
I found this a fascinating and inspiring read. A must for anyone interested in contemporary India. View all 17 comments. So this is where Rahul Gandhi gets his ammunition of "India is an idea. India is a thought" from. Good News At pages, you expect the book to be grounded in research. It is that, and more! The anecdotes about India's reluctance to accept technology are delectable. The one I found most amusing was about the time when Rajiv Gandhi asked Indian Railways to present data on spreadsheets and the Babus wrote it all on bed-sheets.
The stories from License-Permit Raj drive home the point that it wasn't So this is where Rahul Gandhi gets his ammunition of "India is an idea.
The stories from License-Permit Raj drive home the point that it wasn't socialism, but prolonging it after it had run its course, that led to those lost decades of growth.
As I turned the pages, I could see India transition from a society that mistrusts private enterprise to one that respects the spirit of the bania class. Bad News Abraham Maslow, of the Maslow's Pyramid fame, said "If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. This conveniently ignores the fact that a large number of projects even in IT fail because of organizational issues.
This is something I have regularly felt while reading the otherwise brilliant Dilbert Blog as well. I don't know how technology can make women feel safer. Or how technology can convince a poor family to opt for education and vocational training when subsidies and grants can satisfy its immediate needs.
But then, these are the ideas of one man. We need more such people to put forward their ideas. The answers lie in the united wisdom of these experts.
Jun 10, Vadassery Rakesh rated it really liked it. What is a Demographic dividend? The concept was new to me before reading this book. It is expected that, in , the average age of an Indian will be 29 years, compared to 37 for China and 48 for Japan; and, by , India's dependency ratio should be just over 0.
When China , USA and other major economic peers of India will be spending a major part of their money on the dependents, India will have a robust work force and a minor spending on old age. This will result in a major increase in output in terms of productivity of the nation. But there are cases wherein such a golden opportunity was squandered, like in the case of Brazil which enjoyed such a dividend from to The mistake Brazil did was that it never created enough jobs for its young people, thereby making them waste their youthful energy doing nothing productive.
India today is at cross roads having reaped rich dividends in the 20 years of economic reforms, complimented by the boon of Information Technology. This gives us a golden chance to mitigate the environmental impact beforehand and still maintain the growth rate.
India has a per capita energy use oil equivalent per capita kgs, which is much lower than the developed world USA and China — This is partially because of the lack of access of electricity to the rural areas and the general low standard of life.
But the positive side is we still have a chance to mould our people to keep the energy use minimum and yet maintain a decent life style, without wasting energy like the developed world do.
The author covers seemingly trivial but hugely important for the Human Development Index, the availability of toilets in the country. A point which India has to improve upon before sending our man to the moon, along with the other parameters like malnourishment and the skewed sex ratio.
Imagining India: Ideas for a New Century by Nandan Nilekani: review
Nilekani gives us a fascinating new perspective for the twenty-first century, defying received and imported wisdom, and showing us what is really at stake in the world's largest democracy. He reveals why India's huge population has now become her greatest strength; how information technology is bringing the benefits of globalization; why rapid urbanization is transforming social and political life; and how we can learn from India's difficult journey towards a single internal market. He also gets to the heart of debates about labour reform, the social security system, higher education and the role of the state. And he asks the key questions of the future: how will India as a global power avoid the mistakes of earlier development models? Will further access to the open market continue to stimulate such extraordinary growth? And how will all this affect - and be shaped by - her young people.
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If a single moment could be said to symbolise the contemporary transformation of India, it is probably the unveiling earlier this year of the Tata Nano car, the Indian-built super-cheap super-mini. The Nano is an expression both of the growing aspirations of the Indian masses and of the burgeoning confidence of Indian entrepreneurs not just of meeting those aspirations, but also of making their mark on the world stage. Yet, if the Nano gave us a glimpse of the new India, it also reminded us of the old. This book, however, is no primer on business strategy or economic policy. It is primarily about ideas: the ideas that have held India back, the ideas that are allowing it to forge ahead, and the ideas that it still needs to embrace.