How Long Will It Take for India to Catch Up with China?

The recent optimism for accelerated economic growth in India is quite ironically a derivative of two of India's major public-policy failures. In the first flush of free dom and in an intensely nationalist phase, India chose to make Hindi its national language to phase out English. However, the non-Hindi speaking states rebelled against what was by now being described as an imposition of Hindi. In the state of Tamil Nadu, there was a full-blown secessionist movement built around this. As a part of the political accommodation that followed, this idea was quietly put on the back burner and one is not even sure if it is even on the menu now. India's recent IT successes have largely been ...

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