Pragati January 2008: 17 ways in which India can be a better country

This month’s issue starts with a new year wishlist: it’s not only an agenda for public policy. It’s also an agenda for the public—for you. In addition that 17-point list, we also wish Pakistan a long, stable life, propose how India might address the challenge posed by sovereign wealth funds, examine how urbanisation will change national politics, and take issue with the prediliction of some intellectuals to blame the IT industry for real and perceived ills. And we also have a film review—of Charlie Wilson’s War, Hollywood’s take on George Crile’s bestselling book recounting the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan. There’s more—check out the attached table of contents.

Issue 10 - Jan 2008

Issue Contents


A wishlist for 2008 Amit Varma
Seventeen ways in which India could be a better country

Pakistan zindabad! Nitin Pai
India’s new challenge is to steady Pakistan’s boat

Regaining the horizon Siddharth Singh
Smart power and the domestication of foreign policy


The Broken Arrow problem; Al Qaeda at the ISI gate; Arctic landgrabs set a precedent for Lunar ones; Moral responsibility for global warming


PRS Legislative Research: Parliament in 2007 & Winter Session wrap-up


Sovereign, wealthy and ready to invest Mukul G Asher
Sovereign wealth funds and the challenges for India


The new citizens Ravikiran Rao
Politics in the time of urbanisation

Quick to blame IT Prasanna Vishwanathan
The IT industry has become the favourite whipping boy of the Left-liberal types

Claiming a piece of the future Rajesh Jain
How India can lead in tomorrow’s technology world


Living with the Bomb Ashutosh Jogalekar
A review of Joseph Cirincione’s book Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons

The Dukes of Herat Manish Vij
A review of Mike Nichols’ film Charlie Wilson’s War

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