Better India, A Better World

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Penguin Books India, 2010 - Business ethics - 320 pages

At a time when India is battling huge problems of its own and is struggling to break free from the shackles of poor governance, A Better India comes as a remarkably well-worded book telling us the simple things that need to be done right. Written by N. R. Narayana Murthy, this book offers some simple solutions to seemingly complex problems.

In India, there lies a great disparity in the distribution of wealth. There is a great divide that exists between the poor and the rich and the facilities available to both of them. The challenge that lies in front of the administration is to bridge that divide. So the pertinent question relates to how that divide is going to be bridged. The book talks about the ways to fulfill Gandhi's dream where the fruits of development would be available to every man, woman and child. The proverb of Sarve Jana Sukhino Bhavantu' or happiness to every man, is a long cherished dream of our founding fathers.

N. R. Narayana Murthy offers a fairly simple solution to these problems in his book A Better India. He argues very articulately in favor of strong values and good leadership in governance. Drawing excerpts from the path-breaking Infosys story which led to him run a successful business, the author lays down the fundamental rules for development of the masses.

 

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Contents

Learning from Experience
3
The Indian of the Twentyfirst Century
9
Succeeding in the Contemporary World
18
The Need for Excellence
29
A Case for a More Open Trade Regime in India
37
What Can We Learn from the West?
47
The Role of Discipline in Accelerating National Development
55
How Can We Stop Corruption in India?
66
A Leadership Mindset for a Resurgent India
166
A Checklist or a Mindset?
173
Corporate Governance and its Relevance to India
185
A Practitioners Viewpoint
193
A New Model for Effective Public Governance
201
Compassionate Capitalism
211
18
219
Reflections of an Entrepreneur
229

In Praise of Secularism
72
My Empowered India
78
Population and Economic Development in India
93
A Framework for Urban Planning in Modern India
101
The Eight Visions that Changed the Face of India
112
What Would I Do if I Were the Principal
129
The Unfinished Agenda
149
Lessons from the Infosys Journey
157
On Entrepreneurship
238
Do We Need a Flat World?
247
Making Globalization Work for India
257
Transforming Emerging Economies and
270
33
271
The Importance of Respect for a Corporation
281
37
288
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About the author (2010)

N.R. Narayana Murthy is an Indian entrepreneur who founded Infosys, one of India's largest IT companies. He attended the National Institute of Engineering and graduated in Electrical Engineering. He later went on to do his Masters from IIT Kanpur. He started Infosys in 1981 and stayed on as CEO of the company until 2002. He started Infosys with an initial capital of Rs. 10000 and saw it rise to a billion-dollar enterprise. He has been the recipient of various national and international awards and is a keen philanthropist.

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