The January 2009 issue of Pragati is centred around ideas for India’s future: featuring an exclusive interview with Nandan Nilekani and a separate, independent review of his new agenda-setting book. “The moment you think of our people as human capital” he says, “automatically the challenge becomes how do we make sure they are healthy, educated, have roads to go to work and school, have lights to study at night, have jobs and can become entrepreneurs.” We couldn’t agree more.
To that list we would add how do we make sure they are safe and secure. In this issue we argue that terrorism must enter the agenda of electoral politics; that it is necessary for India and the United States confront the Pakistani terror machine; and that there is a need for a more cerebral and sophisticated approach towards responding to terrorist attacks.
This year is unlikely to be a good one as far as economic reforms are concerned, but we argue that there is a strong case for India to move forward on the stalled process of liberalising its real economy.
And why should those concerned about distressed farmers care about geology? And just what are our textbooks doing to the minds of our youth? Find out in this issue.
Pragati – The Indian National Interest Review
Issue 22 – January 2009
Contents [Download 2.7 MB PDF]
Electoral politics is the best way to punish bad policies
Put Pakistan “on the table”
Terrorist aggression cannot be terminated by appeasement
The people have spoken
Democracy returns, and with it comes a new opportunity
Sushant K Singh
Essential readings of the month
Ravi Gopalan & Vijay Vikram
A discussion on ideas for India’s future with Nandan Nilekani
Improving India’s anti-terrorist responses
The need for scenario planning and read teaming
Shaunak S Agarkhedkar
The empire strikes back
Thirteen reasons to feel gloomy about economic reforms in 2009
The biggest solo flight of them all
More reason to proceed with economic liberalisation
V Anantha Nageswaran
Underlying agrarian distress
Hydrogeology offers insights for irrigation policy
Discarding ideological blinkers
India’s schools need an intellectual liberalisation
National process re-engineering
Why reforms with a human face are possible and within reach