Friday, July 07, 2006

It's "India Shining" day at the Economic Times

Today's Economic Times was guest-edited by the top managers of Infosys. N.R. Narayana Murthy penned the lead edtorial, and the others wrote short columns (Nandan Nilekani, Mohandas Pai, Srinath Batni, K. Dinesh, S.D. Shibulal, and S. Gopalakrishnan).

Just how did they like this experience? How did they go about this onerous job? You can read all about it here and here.

Needless to say, today's print edition is full of feel-good stories about all kinds of stuff. Let me just link to three of them related to education.

The story titled "Primary is secondary no more" gives you all the good news you ever wanted to read (but never suspected possible) about the state of our primary education.

Then there are two stories about private institutions in higher education: the Manipal Academy of Higher Education and the Indian School of Business. In fact, the second story is by none other than Rajat Gupta, the Chairman of ISB.


  1. Anonymous said...

    It is a pity that a big chunk of educated India think that these businessmen are the true visionaries of India and get excited by whatever they utter. I can't even respect these IT dadas as long as they don't come out with some life changing product from India. It is really funny that they consider India to be shining even without any INNOVATION.

  2. Anonymous said...


    By sneering upon the Indian software industry you are making an elitist statement yourself. Keep in mind that about 300 mils are below poverty line. Does it really matter how the money comes in even if it does not meet your fine standards? As an example, prostitution is illegal in Thailand, a factoid many people like you who take the Thai airlines flight to Chennai on their annual trip to India perhaps do not know. Yet the Government looks the other way and there is a flourishing sex industry there.

    IT/BPO sector is contributing about $18 billions now. There is a huge trickle down effect, each software job trickles down to roughly 7 other people according to McKinsey. Like it or not you have to accept it. You don't have to worship Murthy but there is no reason to have your panties in a bunch about this economic reality either.