Getting team India to win again

At the start of the 16th century India had 25% of the World’s GDP. So did China. By 1820 China’s share was 33%, but for India the decline had already begun, and it held 16%. By 1973, the low point, India produced 3% of global GDP. Then as the economy almost collapsed in 1991, it introduced a series of sound economic reforms, so that after that it’s economic growth sometimes reached double digits. And then it stopped.

The bureaucracy, corruption, cronyism, nepotism, poor infrastructure, energy shortages, poverty, population, and lack of openness to foreign competition are legion. India’s government has recently concluded it’s most unproductive session of parliament since independence. The phenomenal growth was the surprise, not that it stopped. And that offers the solutions.

India’s has some world leading companies. The resurgence of Landrover and Jaguar is being inspired by leadership from their new Indian holding company. Providing remote capable outsourced services in tele centers and software development are both Indian inventions, and for a long time India has led1.

But the country failed to respond to the inevitable competition that the collapse of the developed wold’s economy brought. The Philippines is competing strongly for the tele center business. High unemployment in the developed countries, especially among the young, has brought much of the outsourced IT work back home.

India has the potential for sustained high economic growth, provided it can tap it’s world beating demographic dividend, it’s youth.

To do that it must address the issues with conviction.

This series of articles will suggest how that can be done.

More at:
Getting team India to win again – poverty
Getting team India to win again – infrastructure
Getting team India to win again – The 1991 financial crisis
Getting team India to win again – fiscal consolidation
Getting team India to win again – the plan
The firm that builds India
On a hiding to something
The screen revolution
Ratan Tata’s legacy
From pupil to master
Goodwill Hunting
Rape and murder in Delhi
How India got its funk
Report of the Committee on Unorganised Sector Statistics
Losing its magic
Will India Be The First BRIC Fallen Angel?
The democracy bottleneck
Stopping the spiral
A walk on the wild side
Once in a lifetime
Walk the line
Why Everyone Is Freaking Out About India
5 Reasons India’s GDP Growth Is Heading To A 10-Year Low
Express or stopping?
India raises duty on gold imports as demand surges
What’s The Matter With India?
Asian Development Outlook
When giants slow down
A billion brains
What a waste
Harnessing human computation
World Development Report 2013
The future is black
The Kudankulam conundrum
Now finish the job
Everlasting light
An uphill walk
A Delhi particular
The road from perdition
Foreign policy
No frills
Parsnips unbuttered
Aim higher
The Global Competitiveness Report
A tale of two villages
Cash, with strings
A million rupees now
A rotten state
Throwing the rascals out
Evasive action
Zapping mosquitoes, and corruption
In search of a dream
Money where your mouth is
Farewell to Incredible India
Can India become a great power?
Lenders of the last resort
The capitalist manifesto
India PM Manmohan Singh: Pakistan ‘attack dastardly’
Unfinished journey
Show your hand
Mischief Minister
Hugging him close
Fragile hope
On the prowl
Power shifts
The candidate
The degeneration game
An illiberal turn
Another country
Memento Modi
Concrete jungles
India Transport Sector
Halfway to paradise
Ideas coming down the track
Know your own strength
2CN or not 2CN?
Poor Economics Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo
Lessons from Palanpur
Where Do The World’s Poor Live?
Where will the world’s poor live?
The Future of Global Poverty in a Multi-Speed World
How Long Will It Take to Lift One Billion People Out of Poverty?
Poverty, geography and the double dilemma
Not always with us
Render unto Padmanabhaswamy
Growing, and neglected
The good of small things
Bloodshed and futility
Out of the trees
India’s identity revolution
Water for all
Allo, allo

  1. World Development Report 2013 pg20 []

Multi-tasking is a myth

The cell-phone was the start of the slide. Now with the ubiquitous iPhone and Blackberry, it’s become worse. 

Unless they have multiple processors, computers that do multi-tasking, do each task at a proportionately reduced speed. But, at least usually, each task is done properly. With humans, because they believe that they are able to multi-task, it’s not only the speed that’s affected, it’s the quality of the output.
Multi tasking
In meetings and conversations, people devote half (or less) of their attention, and with that comprehension disappears. So they agree to things they would not otherwise have done, and mistakes happen.

The e-mail responses one receives from people who write them while also otherwise engaged often reflect the same inattention. They reveal that the respondent, instead of reading the original missive, has often jumped to a conclusion of what they think the content is, and send a reply that is way off track.

Now as social media has entered the fray, attention has become a rare commodity, and otherwise intelligent people start to look more than a little stupid.

At least the phones are smart!

More at:
Cell-Phone–Induced Driver Distraction
Drivers on Cell Phones Are as Bad as Drunks
Hands-Free Talking, Texting are Unsafe
M is for Meetings and Multi-tasking
Stop Multitasking in My Meeting!