17th November 2010
The IAS must go
Let me emphasise once again that India cannot achieve its potential just with so-called capitalism which is often (but wrongly) understood to mean (only) economic freedom. Without an appropriately designed machinery of governance, there can be no capitalism.
Apart from reforms to India's economic policy, therefore, VERY significant reforms are needed in the way we elect and remunerate our politicians, and in our bureaucracy.
I have outlined the reforms to the electoral system and bureaucracy at some length in BFN (chapters 4 and 5), and encourage you to go through these chapters in detail. In addition, I have summarised the reforms needed to India's bureaucracy in an article in the Times of India and a later article for Freedom First.
PIease read these to appreciate the outlines of the system of bureaucracy that India needs so it can effectively deliver the few objectives of a good government in India.
In brief, as you will note, the IAS must go. That COLONIAL system of bureaucracy is so badly antiquated and ineffective that it amazes me why we have not replaced it with a functional bureaucracy.