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An illustration of the total failure of the Indian system of education

The Indian system has TOTALLY failed in every important yardstick. As it necessarily must, given the perverse incentives that operate in the system at all levels.

There is no law and order, no justice, no education.

This video is a good example of the failure of India’s education system:

Delhi's Roadside School

Meet the 67-year old who runs a roadside school for the underprivileged children of New Delhi.

Posted by Scroll on Friday, September 1, 2017

 

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The ultra-rotten idiot ex-Armyman “Col Bharadwaj” email id: prem1930@gmail.com

I receive all kinds of messages, many positive, some ignorant, some arrogant, some abusive, some death threats.

This one is strange coming from an alleged ex-Army man.

I’m posting this in full, and will ban this idiot from ever communicating with me again. The kinds of statements this man makes are beyond belief. That such an idiot got into the Indian army is a sign of severe dysfunction.

EMAIL ID: prem1930@gmail.com

Content:

Good that you have joined Savarna party which has base of brass & coating of 24 carrot gold to hood wink the people. People like you are honest till you get an opportunity & then you join hands with most corrupt people of India. I wonder what back ground you come from but I am sure it must be the type you have described. Can you quote one instance in your life when you faced difficult circumstances and did not yield to easier path and did not bribe your way out. Preaching is very easy but to follow it is very difficult . I am sure if I make you a head master to run a school you would fail. You have guts to criticise an honest person our present PM. It looks you have lost your mental balance to pass such adverse remarks against our PM. It shows that you come from such a family where you were taught to disrespect your own elders. I feel sorry for you and the political party you come from . If you think even one million people like Mr. Modi can  eradicate corruption you are mistaken . Till we the corrupt people do not join hands with the PM  to eradicate deep rooted corruption which has creeped in our blood over seven decades nothing will be achieved. People like you will keep on barking to achieve their ill conceived motives with out any gain to the country .
Col. Bhardwaj (Retd )
Sent from my iPad Col. Bhardwaj

 

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My next podcast: Stop wasting time on economic reforms, first learn about the principles of governance

After writing this post I decided to explain it verbally.

My next podcast:

Various Indian “intellectuals” spout a lot of puerile nonsense regarding “economic reforms”. Yes, India needs economic reforms but most critical are governance reforms, without which India will remain a lame duck Third World country. We need to learn from Chanakya and we need to learn from Singapore, China, Australia, UK and other countries. The principles of accountability are totally missing in Indian governance. Without accountability we will remain a banana republic. 

 

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Why “intellectuals” like TN Ninan are entirely useless for India’s future – they SIMPLY DON’T UNDERSTAND GOVERNANCE

Someone shared this with me:

MY COMMENTS

I’m afraid Ninan’s understanding is pretty shallow – he says that China undertook “reform”. That’s not true at all. Economic policy reform was a very small part of China’s miracle. Their governance reform and incentives in the bureaucracy have been far more powerful. They have followed the lead of Singapore in terms of accountability. Their bureaucracy is amazingly efficient.

These people, – all of them – are dramatically superficial. He talks about “we don’t have judges”, we have failed in “education” etc. But there is no evidence he understands the BASICS of how a good justice or education system works.

Such people have no clue how the details of government work, and remain pretty shallow in their anlaysis.

Unless someone spends at least half his book on understanding and elaborating on the bureaucracy, we should ignore them. They will not understand what we (SBP) are saying.

We are NOT talking about economic reforms as the key driver of India’s future. India has already had around 50 per cent of the necessary economic reforms. We are talking about governance reforms, about which I’ve not come across anyone in India who can talk sensibly.

We need people who understand why James Tooley was arrested in India, we need those who understand why there is not even the most basic governance and rule of law. An understanding of how this is delivered is unfortunately totally foreign to the Indian mind.

FOLLOW UP COMMENT

We need people who understand: HOW people are hired, fired and promoted. When we ask these questions we will know at once why countries like India perform so badly and countries like Singapore do so well.
Economic policy plays a very small part in overall national performance: Governance design explains most of it.

Chanakya understood this basic point. Please try to understand Arthashatra.

In my view, “economists” or “intellectuals” who can’t apply economics to governance are novices. We should ignore them.

The government’s innards must be examined closely: it is not a black box.

ADDENDUM

I don’t work Thursdays so I took advantage of a stream of thought that started early morning today to record a podcast to support my blog post and the email I’ve sent out to you

This podcast is 30 minutes long, and I consider it to be essential listening for all Indians. Without understanding the basics about governance systems, you, dear Indian, will continue to remain dissatisfied with your life (cf. India ranks close to the bottom of the world in satisfaction with life).

My podcast on governance systems is available here: https://player.whooshkaa.com/episode?id=146161

The talk at a glance:
Various Indian “intellectuals” spout a lot of puerile nonsense regarding “economic reforms”. Yes, India needs economic reforms but most critical are governance reforms, without which India will remain a lame duck Third World country. We need to learn from Chanakya and we need to learn from Singapore, China, Australia, UK and other countries. The principles of accountability are totally missing in Indian governance. Without accountability we will remain a banana republic.

Do share this email and podcast around. It is distressing to see India ignore governance so badly. Seventy years have gone by. When will we start paying attention to detail?

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