The Indian Economy Blog

August 15, 2007

60 Years In 60 Words

Filed under: Business — Neelakantan @ 9:18 am

Inspired by this: A Briefer history of time. I thought I had read a similar one on India, but couldn’t locate it (let me know if there is one) – Acorn had something similar a while back.

Freedom. Exhilaration. Kashmir Incursion. Integration. Republic formation. Linguistic division. Industrialization. IIT formation. Growth stagnation. Chinese aggression. Aksai Chin occupation. Green Revolution. LOC creation. Corruption. Emergency declaration. Democracy restoration. World cup acquisition. Punjab terrorization. Sensex popularization. Mandal commission. Reservation. Liberalization. Communal conflagration. Nuclear detonation. Kargil invasion. Media revolution. Y2K resolution. Outsourcing nation. Investment destination. Terrorism explosion. Leadership Inaction. 60 years completion.

Not sure if I got this entirely correctly, but wish you all a happy Independence day.


  1. Neelakantan,

    Superb. May I suggest…Time for Rejuvenation

    Comment by Nitin — August 15, 2007 @ 10:06 am

  2. Leadership Inaction. Who elects leaders of India? So is it Leadership Inaction or Indifferent Indian. But must say that to capture modern India in 60 words was a very bold and an interesting attempt.

    Comment by Vinayak Khadye — August 15, 2007 @ 10:20 am

  3. Time for rejuvenation is apt :)

    Comment by Neelakantan — August 15, 2007 @ 11:03 am

  4. Neelakantan, that was great. This being IEB, can we have one just for 60 years of dumb economic policies?

    Comment by Chandra — August 15, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

  5. Very nice. Would be nicer still with an optimistic touch towards the end. Not a day to look at the negatives in my opinion.

    Comment by Nikhil Nayak — August 15, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

  6. It doesn’t ends over here. so india is towards the industrialisation verge, but should have to be watch its back that we don’t care about the basic amenities, (ROTI KAPDA MAKAN) still so many of our indian brothers are below the poverty line. Had we ever heard them. There roars are been dumped under the voice of a new revolution(bug bitten to our politician to run behind the foreign investments). As an indian first priority to do the work from basics…
    Think about the root, we the indian are first who has invented “0″.

    Comment by mihir — August 15, 2007 @ 8:17 pm

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  8. Neelakantan — marvelous stuff. May I suggest two more that should hopefully play out over the next five years

    \”Guarded optimism. Zippie exuberance.\”

    Comment by Prashant — August 17, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

  9. india at 2020 , we are dreaming about becoming super power . what about 2007-08 , in dia doen`t have eletricity in some parts of the rural area . what about politician promising in every election .what about drinking water that has been poluted by industries . what about electricity cost .will their be young prime minster . will their be young politician . then think about 2020 planning

    Comment by lakshmi — August 20, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

  10. Nikhi- well said. We as people are becoming complacent by only seeing what is wrong with India. How about we start saying what is wrong with us to accept wrong and if we want to be right, how can we as people take some responsibility to make change befitting to our needs. We can do it if we empowered an individual both at a local level, starting from home and then we can talk about cahnges at the national/state level.

    So far an Indian has not been able to maximize resource utilization in his own family, manage children by advising them on right level of spending, disapproving dowery sytem and other social ills where Governmental corruption has no role to play. If we fix that, as people we can begin to think of national waste, recycling, clean water, better disposal opportunities and such. Hope we begin that change with our own self first and then accept a change from each other. We have the power. Believe in yourself. Amen!

    Comment by Ramney — August 21, 2007 @ 12:14 am

  11. It is the negativity that we as Indians are to retire from. Way forward is not name calling but changing all things that we do not approve off, es one thing at atime. In Gandhi’s way, change begins with each one of us as an individual. So let us begin this independence day by shedding that one thing: negativity/pessimism and let us adopt one measure to fight all the things mentioned in your post and the tone by adapting to “can do” approach. If we tried and failed, it will be rewarding rather than if we repeated the same by accepting, sitting on sidelines and spreading hatred. We are the people who should be held responsible both at the governing as well as the citizen’s level. Greater good comes when commonality of interest prevail. Let us keep the interest and hope alive. Amen!
    Happy Independence day!

    Comment by Ramney — August 21, 2007 @ 12:17 am

  12. A commendable list indeed. My slightly alternate take on your list is:

    Freedom. Exhilaration. Republic formation. Kashmiri explosion. LOC creation. Integration. Linguistic division. Secular constitution. Chinese aggression. Aksai Chin occupation. Green Revolution. Emergency declaration. Democracy restoration. Mandal commission. Reservation. Political corruption. Chalta hai resignation. World cup acquisition. License Raj operation. Economic stagnation. Poverty continuation. Punjab terrorisation. Industrialisation. Leadership Inaction. Liberalisation. Sensex popularisation. Nuclear detonation. Kargil invasion. Communal disharmonisation. Investment destination. Outsourcing nation.

    Comment by pratik — August 26, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

  13. “Terrorism explosion”

    If you carefully study bomb explosions in Indian Cities happening on regular intervals recently. Violence does not happen without economic reasons. The only way to stop this mindless violence is to expose the economic reason behind it.

    The “only economic beneficiary” of bomb blasts in Indian cities is “Insurance Companies”.

    Bomb blasts = “Insurance Terrorism”

    Now “economists” hanging around this forum go figure how to stop bomb blasts in Indian cities, it is rather simple…….. think………

    Comment by General — August 27, 2007 @ 7:43 am

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