Archive for July 13th, 2009

India must turn itself into a different country to achieve affluence

July 13, 2009

Martin Wolf at FT (via Brad DeLong):

So what needs to happen if Indians are to enjoy an affluent lifestyle? The answer, suggests the report, is that India must sustain growth at close to 10 per cent a year over a generation. This is not inconceivable: China has managed that, from a lower base, over three decades. But it is a massive task, particularly for so huge, diverse and complex a country. Extraordinary change would have to occur, inside India and in India’s relationships with the world.

For this to be conceivable, at least four things would have to happen: the world must remain peaceful; the world economy must remain open; India must avoid the stagnation into which many middle-income countries have fallen; and, finally, the resource and environmental implications of its rise to affluence must be managed.

Moreover, India itself must overcome three big challenges: maintaining, indeed strengthening, social cohesion at a time of economic and social upheaval; creating a competitive and innovative economy; and playing a role in its region and the world commensurate with the country’s size and rising importance. In fundamental respects, India must turn itself into a different country.

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July 13, 2009

I first heard a lecture of Prof. T R Anantharaman on Delhi’s iron pillar and I vividly remember his rendering of the inscription on the iron pillar in the metre of Chardula Vikriditha (I think). From this note in Materialia Indica, I learnt of his demise. As the obituary notes, a scholar and a giant of the Indian metallurigcal community, who will be missed.

Why is public discussion on higher-ed so deeply confused?

July 13, 2009

Dead Dad explains:

The variety of definitions may help explain why the public discourse about higher ed is so deeply confused. People use the same words to mean very different things. If your definition of higher ed is all about exclusivity, then political battle cries of “college for everyone!” are unintelligible at best. If your definition is about job training, then the very idea of an expensive liberal arts college is absurd. If it’s about living in dorms and getting away from home, then a community college (or any commuter school) doesn’t really count. If it’s about upholding tradition, then the prominence of cultural radicals at prestigious places must really grind your gears. If it’s about critical thinking, then the culture of college-as-job-training must be like fingernails on a chalkboard.

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