A Better India: A Better World

What will it take for India to bridge this great divide? When will the fruits of development reach the poorest of the poor, and wipe the tears from the fang of every man, woman and child, as Mahatma Gandhi had dreamt? And how should this, our greatest challenge ever, be negotiated? In this thoughtfu, bold and remarkably well-argued book, N.R. Narayana Murthy, who shows us that a society working for the greatest welfare of the greatest number samasta jananam sukhino bhavantu must focus on two simple things: values and good leadership. Drawing on the remarkable Infosys story and the lessons learnt from the two year of post-reform India, Narayana Murthy lays down the ground rules that must be followed if future generations are to inherit a truly progressive nation.
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Published April 21st 2009 by Penguin Global
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If only many more business leaders thought like him, one might even feel tempted by this thing called ‘ compassionate capitalism. ’ Narayana Murthy has thought much about India, his homeland, and its ontradictions.

When our politicians and bureaucrats live in huge houses in Lutyens ’ Delhi and the state capitals, our corporate leaders splurge money on mansions, yachts and planes, and our urban youth revel in their latest sport shoes, why should 300 million Indians live on hardly Rs 545 per month ( US$ 10 at current exchange rate), barely sufficient to manage two meals a day, with little or no money left for schooling, clothes, shelter and medicine? ” ( pp.

xiii-xiv) .His starting point is Franklin D.

Obviously, many of these idea are increasingly not present in today ’ s USA and, worse, many Americans on the right would dispute these principles as smacking of socialism.Narayana Murthy is a well-read and well-travelled, learned man who clearly thinks a lot about societal issues.

They are divided into sections: Address to students; Values; Important national issues; Education; Leadership challenges; Corporate and public governance; Corporate social responsibility and philanthropy; Entrepreneurship; Globalization; and, finally, three short chapters on Infosys.

He exhorts his values: “ You must believe in and act according to the presumptio that putting public interest ahead of private interest in the lon term will be etter for your private concerns in the long run. ” … “ Ego, vanity and contempt for other people have clouded our minds for thousands of years and impeded our progress.

20-21) .He is also very critical of laissez-faire capitalism, a theme that resonates throughout the nove: “ Unfortunately, the shame of several corporate leaders, the meltdown of Wall Street, the increasing differences between the salaries of CEOs and ordinary workers, and the unbelievable severance compensation paid to failed CEOs have called into question whether capitalism is indeed a solution for the enefit of all, or if it is an instrument for a few cunning people to hoodwink a large mass of gullible middle-class and poor people.

You have to learn to put the interest of the community—your corporation, your society, your nation and this planet—before your own interest. ” Again emphasizing the need for sacrifice, he states that, “ ( T) o succeed in these days of globalization, global warming and laissez-faire capitalism, every worker in your corporation will have to accept tremendous sacrifices in the lon term and hope that goodness will, indeed, succeed in the shor term and make life better for every one of them ” ( pp.

“ There are several ingredients for national development—natural resources, human resources, leadership, and finally, discipline. ” … “ The utter lack of discipline exhibited by our people is rendering these other three powerful factors ineffective for fast-paced economic growth.

To achieve discipline, India needs role models ( honest, accountable, disciplined leaders committed to change), swift and harsh punishment of offenders, transparency, political reform, and an improved bureaucracy ( p.

65) .The part focusing on important national issues considers a wide rangin, including the role of population in economic development in India.

Talking about population growth as a strain to development risks getting attacked from both the Righ and the Right these days, but Narayana Murthy barges right into the issu.

Narayana Murthy recognizes that there ’ s been a significant increas in population growth in certain southern states, such as Indi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, where “ state governments here focussed on human development, opened up local economies, and improved social services … Rising female literacy in these states contributed to the disappointmen of family planning … A focus on women ’ s and children ’ s health also contribute to population control. ” He concludes, in line with what is also known from empirical literature: “ human development goes hand in hand with lower population growth ” ( pp.

While this does not exist anywhere, Narayana Murthy does pay some respect to what he calls the ‘ Swedish model. ’ He returns to the theme of the inadequac of credibility of capitalism today: “ Greedy behaviour from corporate leaders has strengthened public conviction that free markets are tools for the rich to get richer at the detrimen of the healt of the general public ” ( n.

Lest capitalism is rejected as the most accepted model for growth in developing countries and by the alienated poor, the business leaders have to regain the trust of society and abide the value system of the communitie where they operate.

Indeed.At the end, this rather visionary and socially aware business leader sees globalization in an almost exclusively favourable light, concluding that “ we need a flat world because is spreads the American beliefs in free trade to the whole of the world; it benefits consumers from all over the globe; it helps create a world with better opportunities for everyone; and, finally, it brings global trade into focus, shunning terrorism and creating a more peaceful world ” ( l.

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It 's a collection of speeches made by N.R. Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, India 's largest software company.

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Its 's the length and breadth of his xperience of businesses across the world, that he is in a position to finally suggest the simple sounding solutions that actually work.It 's this subtle energy of this ook that exudes an optimism and encourages readers to realize what all they can do and start doing it!

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oes make you think about your actions and the country 's future, which was what Murthy probably had in mind when he compiled this book.

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Loved this ook and the example given the author.

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