The Secret of India’s Economic Success? Reincarnation
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  • Atanu Maulik

    Indians have no choice but to innovate to survive. After all they have to learn to live with corrupt, dysfunctional governments. So you have private transport, private power generators, private water supply and purification system…..life must go on. I am not sure how much India should be proud of such a state of affairs though.

  • Akshay Kanoria

    But this is no excuse for assuming that growth will keep going on without 2nd generation reforms. For all the ‘jugaad’ or frugal innovation, the Indian economy will eventually stall without massive reforms in governance and education.

  • David Bennett

    Unfortunately Mr. Tharoor is not much familiar with auto design. All of the “innovations” that he mentions have been and are being used by any number of auto makers around the world. The only innovative thing about the Nano is the $2000 price, which would end up being at least $4000 in any western country after the regulators get done beating the poor thing about its head and shoulders. It is great that Indians can produce an economical car for themselves but calling it innovative is absurd.

  • Another good example to cite is the dabbawala supply chain network in Mumbai. A few thousand food & lunchbox deliverymen, many illiterate, are as efficient & reliable as any six sigma blackbelt. No paperwork, no bureaucracy, no frills. Just your home-made meal, served on time. And this has been going on for the past 125 years or so!

  • Casey

    Imagine how many more opportunities of this sort there would be for the poor not just in the third world but everywhere if it weren’t for the government intervention of copyright.

  • Mick The Reactionary

    @Casey:

    “Imagine how many more opportunities of this sort there would be for the poor not just in the third world but everywhere if it weren’t for the government intervention of copyright.”

    And even more opportunities for the poor to lift themselves up if only government would decriminalize the holding up the banks.

    Imagine how many more inventions and the poor could create with all that money they would have liberated from the banks.

  • Casey

    @Mick The Reactionary

    Actually Mick, there probably would be a lot more opportunities for the poor if the state also ended the banking monopoly and allowed regular people to create their own forms of financial structure.

    That’s a topic for another day however. To deal more directly with your analogy, money represents actual scarce commodities. Copyright on the other hand creates an artificial scarcity and limits the way that people use the resources of their own mind.

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