Here are another set of interesting conclusions that I could draw through my course of reading Friedman’s The World is Flat. Amazingly, these theories which he presented are spot on in the Indian context.
• Society’s ability and willingness to pull together and sacrifice for the sake of economic development
Well no need to list the protests against SEZs, highways and the tussle over land acquisition. India is still trying to find a middle path which would balance development and interests of those lying on fringes of this process.
• Presence in society of leaders with vision to see what needs to be done in terms of development
India has had a fair share of such visionary leaders but at present there seems to be a void. Amidst all the babas and fasts we are still searching for the leadership that has the willingness to use power to push for change rather than to enrich themselves and preserve status quo.