In yet another op-ed piece from Bangalore, Tom Friedman argues that innovation is the secret of America’s sauce which enables it to maintain its lead. Of India he says,
Sure Bangalore has a lot of engineering schools, but the local government is rife with corruption; half the city has no sidewalks; there are constant electricity blackouts; the rivers are choked with pollution; the public school system is dysfunctional; beggars dart in and out of the traffic, which is in constant gridlock; and the whole infrastructure is falling apart. The big high-tech firms here reside on beautiful, walled campuses, because they maintain their own water, electricity and communications systems. They thrive by defying their political-economic environment, not by emerging from it.[Tom Friedman/NYT]
If Bangalore could get there in spite of all that, imagine what it can do if the government cleans up its act. Good, clean chutney can be as good as sauce.