Commitment is the key
The cover story, India@75— Prahalad’s Plan (BT, August 24), was a fitting tribute to those who believe in themselves, think differently and have leadership acumen. As a country, India can hope to become a leader only by cultivating and fostering essential leadership attributes. That calls for rejigging our education system and improving governance. We can make a big leap in science and technology only if there’s a strong commitment towards improving our education system.
R.K. Sudan, through e-mail
India@75—Prahalad’s plan (BT, August 24) was incisive and well brought out. I fully agree with the Prahalad’s line of thinking that in spite of its rich natural resources and its abundance of talent, India has missed the bus on several occasions in the past largely on account of faulty planning and lopsided priorities. In recent years, thanks to the large pool of human talent and people’s ingenuity, we have been able to achieve around 8 per cent growth even in the face of obvious odds. But, as Prahalad argues so emphatically, our new-found growth and achievements will not sound convincing if we fail to pass on the fruits of development and progress to India’s masses. The great thing about Prahalad is that while pointing out serious lacunae in our system, he never for a moment sounds like a doomsayer. Without scaring anyone, he drives home the point that we shouldn’t get carried away by our laurels of the past few years.
Srinivasan Umashankar, through e-mail
India@75—Prahalad’s plan (BT, August 24) captures the wise professor’s grand vision and the action agenda needed to realise India’s potential. Prahalad deserves kudos for patriotically attempting to endow us with a vision that inspires us to believe that India can, must, and will win. Prahalad’s plan identifies avenues that need tweaking by specialists. Revisiting company laws, simplifying and reforming labour laws, affordable education for all, integrated infrastructure, recognition of creative innovation, rooting out corruption and ethical governance will provide the enabling environment for success. Again, mass education is the master key that can reform the value-system completely and alter the youth’s mindset. The youth need meaningful encouragement for its imagination, thought process, skills and talent. India needs to come out of the grip of self-imposed limitations and accept national cohesiveness for the realisation of India@75 as envisaged.
B. Rajasekaran, through e-mail
The reforms agenda
Your editorial Pension promise (BT, August 24), rightly rapped the Left’s rigid stance towards the UPA government’s reforms plans. With the Left gone, the government has done well to kick-start the reforms process once again. Pension reforms signify this new approach of the government, which has done the right thing by allowing private players like Reliance, HSBC and ICICI to manage pension funds. One only hopes that other critical reforms in education, banking, etc. will also see the light of day. As far as the BJP’s opposition to reforms is concerned, the party seems to be playing into the hands of the Left. Let’s hope that better sense prevails and the BJP weighs the pros and cons of reforms before blindly opposing it.
Bal Govind, through e-mail
Stamping out child labour
Your article on child labour (Tirupur’s Nemesis, BT, August 10) was very informative and will help in creating awareness and sensitising people to the need for rooting out this scourge in India. As the Project Director of Sports Goods Foundation of India (SGFI), which is funded by the sports industry, we have been working since 1998 to identify and rehabilitate child labour in the sporting goods industry (mainly children stitching footballs).
Ravi Purewal, through e-mail
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