Breaking Free of Nehru: Let's Unleash India!

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Breaking Free of Nehru, 2008 - Government accountability - 267 pages
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The book discusses the impact of Nehruvian socialism on freedom in India. It reflects on India s post-independence experience and finds that India needs to move well beyond socialist paradigms towards freedom and innovation if it wishes to retrieve its status as a great nation. It then traces the causes of India`s political and bureaucratic corruption, its poverty, and its large, illiterate population. The book then proposes numerous ways to transform India`s governance thorough competitive, freedom-based, solutions. Solutions recommended range from a re-write of the Indian Constitution in order to make it simpler and clearly focused on freedom, to the radical restructure of the Indian public services based on modern public sector reforms across the world. It advocates state funding of elections, raising the salaries of politicians significantly, freeing the labour market, imposing carbon taxes on pollution, seeking compensatory payments from developed countries for their prior carbon emissions, and complete privatisation of school and university education. It argues that India can, and should, aspire to be the world s best in everything it does. I believe that no Indian should settle for anything less than that.

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Life changing. Transformational for the thought process. Must read for all those who care. Only useful for people who really love India and actuall want see the fruits of success and development spread across the nation.

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No, it aint about Nehru. Its about the current state of life, political and social, in India, how we got here and how we can get out of here. This book is an expertly written book with keen understanding of roots of Indian problems and dis-functionality of its institutions. Sanjeev Sabhlok organized the book very skillfully to present a wide range of ideas without sounding preachy or academic. The witty lines and sarcastic comments about the status of things make this book an entertaining read. As he rightly says in the beginning, its more of a political pamphlet rather than an academic commentary, and a very good one at that. The insights one gets into the real nature and scale of challenges India faces in 21st century with a majority of population stuck in medieval period ideas and notions are invaluable. My understanding of India became lot better and clearer after reading this book. I have so far recommended this book to atleast six people, and everyone is saying they are happy that they didnt miss this book. 

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