If India's leadership can focus on what's good for the nation and its people ("...the next iPod") rather than whether it will be voted back to office, it has an opportunity to catapult the country from the bottom deciles of global middle-income economies. To do this, our leadership - Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to our business captains to our civil society - will have to make and influence enlightened decisions even if some of them are bitter in the short term.This anniversary issue is about giving direction to that decision making. The first read I'd recommend is an interview of Harvard Business School's Clayton Christensen, who talks of disruptive innovation in the Indian context.
K.V. Kamath, director no. 1 at ICICI Bank and Infosys, and Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, talk about the services-manufacturing debate . Manish Sabharwal, Chairman, TeamLease, and Ashish Dhawan , Founder-CEO, Central Square Foundation, give their prescriptions around India's human capital, followed by a round-up of the sorry state of our health capital by Dr K. Srinath Reddy.
Other essays that stand out include: Bharti Enterprises's MD Manoj Kohli on ease of doing business, a call for value addition in agriculture by Cafe Coffee Day's V.G. Siddhartha, how to fix inequality by Rama Bijapurkar and Rajesh Shukla of People Research on India's Consumer Economy, an exposition by IESE Business School's Pankaj Ghemawat and Steven A. Altman from Stern School of Business on India's low levels of globalisation, a case for administrative reforms by Prajapati Trivedi, former Chief Performance Officer of the Government of India, and Google India MD Rajan Anandan on the leg-up the Internet will offer India 18 months ahead. Enjoy the ride.