A friend wrote to me suggesting, among other things, that "if we want to become super power, we shall have to create things that are unique, and not restrict ourselevs to what is already used or implemented. Copying something already done we can not become leaders.. to become leaders we will have create something of our own.."
That set me off. I thought that's information worth publishing on my blog. I have had very similar debates with so many others. It seems Indians have a mania to try to prove that they are different from others. I totally disagree.,
Because all humans are exactly the same, within, my proposals all require very minor change from current systems in India to achieve wonderful results. In particular, I always recommend that a detailed understanding of human incentives should inform the design of governance structures. To the extent that we can incorporate natural human tendencies (desire to avoid accountability, lack of effort, arrogance, not consulting others, etc.), we'd have created something of interest. We basically need to ensure that bad people don't hijack such structures? Failure to do that dooms all 'systems' to failure.
And yes, everything that works in the West can (and indeed has!) worked beautifully in India. Indians have the same DNA as any other human being. That proves the point. That is why they perform so beautifully in the West – because it rewards excellence and punishes bad performance. In India we do the opposite. That is not a creative 'solution' but destruction.
I don't believe that to reach the moon you have to reinvent physics within India. That would be an outrageous waste of time. So also for social performance and economic prosperity. I am 100% committed to world-best practice reforms, and don't care for where a good thing is invented. My books are my message. I distill the best from the world and offer these ideas to India. That's my goal. Whether Indians take it or use it is not my business. That's their problem! I can't force a horse to drink.
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