While the mudslinging between the two prime ministerial candidates are amusing and sometimes on bad tastes, India recently had some real achievements in its bag.
The launch of Tata Motors’ Nano created a benchmark for Indian manufacturing sector with a huge potential to invade the global market. Within 15 days of opening the registration process for Nano Tata Motors has sold nearly 500,000 application forms, and raked in Rs 15 crore (at Rs 300 each). The bookings that began from April 9 will close on April 25. It is still difficult to guess how many genuine Indians buyers will put in their money. I like many had bet for a million. It is up to the company to speed up production to ensure the fastest delivery. It must simultaneously solve some of the drawbacks such as engine noise reported in the press by those who test drove it. I am sure the designers who could develop so great a car can find easy and cheap solutions to do that also.
IPL is another Indian innovation to create a unique entertainment and business model. I am not sure if the government denied it the security coverage because of political reasons or out of genuine limitations. The speed with which the organizers shifted IPL-2 to South Africa is certainly an example of great efficiency and management superiority. Why can’t that be the same in other areas of business activity? Why is India still laggard in the global ranking as a country for doing business? As reported, India lost a potential of making $2 billion. But should it not be the reason to be proud that IPL has become a case study story for a reputed American university?
And then the Satyam saga that shocked the nation ended well and in pretty short time. Perhaps this is one thing that the government handled well with efficiency that has enhanced the image of the country. Finally, Satyam is in safe hands with Tech Mahindra.
But the biggest performance is the ongoing Election 2009 of the most populous democracy of the world. The people world over are watching this with great interest. As reported in the ‘The Economist‘, ‘The scale is mind-boggling. It will be spread over five stages, taking four weeks and involving 6.5m staff. In 543 constituencies, 4,617 candidates, representing some 300 parties, will compete for the ballots of an electorate of 714m eligible voters. In 828,804 polling stations, 1,368,430 simple, robust and apparently tamper-proof electronic voting machines will be deployed.’
Are not the achievements varied and unique? Can’t Indians take pride and then solace in it?