India can’t afford to emulate China, says Anand Mahindra

In an essay, Anand Mahindra says the world has a stake in India’s success not just because of the need for someone to pick up the slack from a slowing China

Anand Mahindra, chairman and managing director of Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M), India’s largest utility vehicle maker, feels that India cannot afford to emulate China. "The world has a stake in India’s success—and not just because of the need for someone to pick up the slack from a slowing China. Much of the developing world faces the same challenges India does. The solutions developed here—the answers to almost metaphysical questions about how societies should work and grow—will have worldwide relevance," he said in an essay complied by McKinsey & Co under its ‘Reimagining India’ series.

Sharing his views on India and China, Mahindra said, “If we continue to judge India’s progress by China’s, using metrics like foreign direct investment (FDI) and gross domestic product (GDP) growth, or statistics like the kilometres of highway and millions of apartments built, we will continue to be branded a laggard. India’s messy coalition governments are not suddenly about to become as efficient and decisive as China’s technocrat-led Politburo. Nor should that be the goal.”

“Moreover,” the M&M CMD said, “India simply cannot afford to grow like China has over the last two decades. In authoritarian, tightly controlled China, the costs of that headlong economic expansion are obvious. Unbreathable air and undrinkable milk, slick-palmed officials and oppressive factory bosses provoke tens of thousands of protests each year. In a society as diverse as India’s—driven by religious, community, and caste divides—those kinds of tensions can easily erupt in violence and disorder. Already the battle between haves and have-nots is driving a powerful rural insurgency across nearly a third of the country. Labour riots can turn into religious pogroms. Farmer protests can turn into class wars.”

Mahindra feels for India’s economy to expand as rapidly and yet more sustainably than China’s, we need to make our differences into virtues rather than vulnerabilities. He said, “For too long we have clung to a mind-set shaped by the early independence years, when the areas in the northwest and northeast had become Pakistan, and India’s first government was struggling to weave a patchwork of provinces and maharaja-run kingdoms into a nation. In those days, the risk that India might break apart was very real. One of India’s great accomplishments is that no one worries about that anymore. Indeed, the idea of a united India runs so broad and deep that it allows us to consider a counter-intuitive way of thinking about growth—that the best way to propel the economy may be to encourage different parts of the country to go their own way.”

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shadi katyal

3 years ago

When an industrialist is not ready to face the true industrial situation and uses words like emulate China, one can see the sorry state of the nation.It is pathetic that while foreign consulting firms have more HOPE and faith on India our own people think it a joke. With the world economy in slow mode how does it effect China slowness.
A nation needs Roads, apartments, infrastructure and yes FDI to create jobs and a middle class for a nation. I for one am surprised that how our industrialist, who has interest abroad in Tractors etc is telling us that we are better off poor.
India has the brain and manpower but it lacks will and ethics of working as well discipline. What it lacks since partition, the investment but unfortunately our socialistic attitude and Russian model did not help us.We wasted too many resources on PSU and AIR INDIA is a good example. We created too many road blocks and Permit Raj which did not help industry to develop. Our red tape and bureaucracy stopped many investors cold dead. Case of INTEL is an example.
Such articles by an industrialist do not help to bring investors.
Does India wants to be a Service Industry nation to be known as Coolies or dose she wants to be a nation where whole word take notice and make us proud???

sanjeev naik

4 years ago

anand bhai... if indian government turns efficient and technocrat then there will not be killing machines Scorpios(remember this vehicle and SUMO has killed numorous ppl on Khandal ghat road) types vehicles and 1938 designed boleros supplied to armed forces of india... and there will not be labour problems in vehicle factories instead labours will be paid for their right efforts... i think you should first concentrate on making vehicles(not utility types) but safer one than writing essays...

RTI Judgement Series: PIO asked to provide duplicate registered sale deed marking it as original

The CIC asked the PIO to find a way of giving duplicate sales deed marked as original along with a certificate. This is the 191st in a series of important RTI judgements given by former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi

The Central Information Commission (CIC), while allowing an appeal, directed the Public Information Officer (PIO) at Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD), to find a way of giving a duplicate registered documents marked as original to the appellant along with a certificate. The PIO had stated that they were not able to locate the original sale deed submitted by the appellant.


While giving the judgement on 8 July 2009, Shailesh Gandhi, the then Central Information Commissioner said, "As far as the Bench can see the papers may well have been stolen. The public authority appears to have failed in providing service to the appellant and it must find some way of giving the documents and relief to the appellant."


New Delhi residents, Neetu and Neeraj Kumar, on 25 February 2009, sought from the PIO information regarding sale deed that has been executed on 21 August 2007 by Mohan Swaroop in their favour. Here is the information they sought and the reply provided by the PIO...


1. Inform the date and dairy/dispatch no. by which the file was sent to higher authorities.

PIO's Reply- The file was send vide diary no3245 dated 23 August 2007 and again on 29 August 2007 vide no.3279


2. Inform the Name Designation and the complete address of the higher authorities to whom the file was sent.       

PIO's Reply- Principal Secretary (Revenue)


3. Inform the efforts made by the department till 7 October 2008 to trace out the original sale deed.      

PIO's Reply- All the record has been searched in the office. The matter has been again submitted before Worthy DC (South-West) to resolve the issue.


4. Inform the Name Designation and Posting Address of the erring officials who are responsible for non-delivering of Original Sale Deed to the Applicants till date.

PIO's Reply- As the matter is under process therefore the responsibility has not been fixed by the Department.


5. Inform the action taken/ initiated by the department against the erring official and also inform the outcome of the same.   

PIO's Reply- -Do-


6. Inform the efforts made by the department to trace out the Original Sale Deed from 7 October 2008 to i.e. after giving the reply of RTI ID No.1259`

PIO's Reply- As mentioned in point no-'C'.


7. Inform that the department requires how much maximum time to deliver the Original Sale Deed to the Applicants?        

PIO's Reply- The matter has been submitted before the Worthy DC (South-West) to resolve the issue and the order is awaited. The matter will be short out after having the directions from the higher authorities.


8. Inform the further course of action in case the Original Sale Deed is not found by the department.       

PIO's Reply- -Do-


Not satisfied with the PIO's Reply, the Kumars then filed their first appeal, in which they stated, "It had been informed that the original sale deed was sent to higher authorities by SR-IX. The PIO had neither given the information sought nor gave any satisfactory reply for the same. After five months sale deed had not been delivered to the appellant."


In his order of First Appellate Authority (FAA) said, he was satisfied with the reply provided by the sub-registrar. "However," he said, "the case was more of grievance redressal. The grievance of the applicants was genuine and it was incumbent on the department to come clear on the issue and take necessary action to get their deed registered."


The FAA then directed the sub registrar to immediately put up a note to this effect within a week, so that final decision could be taken expeditiously.


The Kumars then approached the CIC with their second appeal. They said, "The reply of PIO is not at all satisfactory and very vague. The contents of the order of FAA were contrary to what was discussed/ ruled during the course of hearing of the appeal."


During the hearing, Mr Gandhi, the then CIC, observed that both Neetu and Neeraj Kumar had given documents for registration duly stamped with a stamp duty of Rs12,600 on 21 August 2007 and were seeking the registered documents.


"He (the appellants) has been made to run from pillar to post to get the registered documents and he therefore filed a RTI application on 25 February 2009 asking about the fate of this. The PIO has given a reply on 16 March 2009 effectively stating that they are not able to locate the papers. The PIO states that the papers are not available," the Bench noted.


Mr Gandhi said, "As far as the Bench can see the papers may well have been stolen. The public authority appears to have failed in providing service to the appellant and it must find some way of giving the documents and relief to the appellant."


While allowing the appeal, the Bench then directed the PIO to find a way of giving duplicate registered documents marked as original to the appellant along with a certificate stating that the original stamped document has been stolen/ lost.




Decision No. CIC/SG/A/2009/001327/4031

Appeal No. CIC/SG/A/2009/001327


Appellant                                        : Neetu & Neeraj Kumar,

                                                            New Delhi-110029                         


Respondent                                     : Pawan Kumar/ VVJ Rajasekhar,


                                                            Government of NCT of Delhi,

                                                            Office of the PIO/ADM (South-West),

                                                            Old Terminal Tax Building,

                                                            Kapashera, New Delhi 110029


RBI to provide Rs5,000 crore to SIDBI for easing liquidity stress of SMEs

In view of the need to ease the liquidity stress to micro, small and medium enterprises, the RBI decided to provide refinance of Rs5,000 crore to the SIDBI

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said it will provide a refinance of Rs5,000 crore to Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) to ease liquidity issues faced by small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs) across the country.

RBI said that micro and small enterprises (MSEs) sector is employment intensive and it contributes significantly to exports. In order to ease liquidity stress of this sector, RBI decided to provide refinance of Rs5,000 crore to SIDBI under the provisions of Section 17(4H) of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.

The liquidity support comes in the wake of slowdown in the economy which has resulted in liquidity tightness in a large number of MSEs in the manufacturing and services sector, particularly due to delayed settlement of receivables from large corporates, public sector undertakings and government departments.

The refinance will be available for direct liquidity support to finance receivables, including export receivables, to MSEs by SIDBI or for liquidity support to MSEs through selected intermediaries, that is, banks, non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and state finance corporations (SFCs). The refinance will be available against receivables, including export receivables, outstanding as on 14 November 2013 onwards. The facility will be available at the prevailing 14-day term repo rate, for a period of 90 days. During this 90-day period, the amount can be flexibly drawn and repaid. At the end of the 90-day period, the drawal can also be rolled over. The refinance facility will be available for a period of one year up to 13 November 2014. The utilisation of funds will be governed by the policy approved by the Board of SIDBI.

Incremental credit to medium enterprises to qualify as priority sector lending

RBI also decided to include medium sector as eligible priority sector in order to enhance credit delivery of the medium sector. RBI to provide lending, incremental credit, including export credit, extended to the medium enterprises by the scheduled commercial banks (excluding Regional Rural Banks) over the outstanding credit as on 13 November 2013. The facility will be available up to 31 March 2014 and will be within the overall target of 40 %, said RBI in its press release.


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