[Under construction. Created: 5th Feb, 2009. Estimated first release: 19 Feb, 2009. I will announce the release on the blog. ]
This blog is about India’s development. More specifically, it is a personal view of economic growth and development. Which necessarily means that it is a subjective view, and all claims to being objective is explicitly denied, rejected, null and void. What I write reflects how I perceive the world. Your mileage may vary, as the disclaimer goes.
This blog can also be considered to be a learning tool. No, it is not for the edification of others (though it could be a desirable side-effect) but for my own benefit. I write this blog to better understand what I know. Knowing something is different from understanding it.
One of my core beliefs is that it is important to make distinctions and to discriminate between concepts. Language helps us do that. Which is why I think that one has to take care to be as precise as one can be while writing. The prerequisite to writing well is thinking well. Thinking well is hard to do but not impossible. It, however, requires a will to do so. And if one has the will, given sufficient time, effort and patience, anyone can learn how to think better.
Thinking well has instrumental functions but it also has terminal values: there is a certain psychic satisfaction — even joy — that arises from being able to have a cognitive grasp of the universe. Regardless of whether one materially gains from it, just being able to think must rank as one of the greatest gifts that the universe has conspired to allow us mere mortals. We humans are the universe’s way of comprehending itself. As the Sanskrit saying goes, “tat tvam asi.” I am That. There is no essential difference between me and the rest of creation.
Now on to some specifics.