Lee Kuan Yew on India


So today I finally managed to print and read through the [[http://www.ciionline.org/Common/313/default.asp?Page=Minister%20Mentor%20Lee%20Kuan%20Yew.htm|entire LKY speech]] (More on [[wp>Lee_Kuan_Yew|LKY on Wikipedia]]) as well as Atanu’s analysis [[http://www.deeshaa.org/category/people/lee-kuan-yew/|in four parts]]. Primarily because I was going to present the material in today’s [[http://floatingsun.net/udai/taxonomy/term/2|SJC]] at [[http://floatingsun.net/udai|Udai]].

The speech was good, so was the analysis. But there was nothing new in there. Well known problems, well known solutions (or ideas for solutions). The usual rants, the usual suggestions, the usual (common-sensical) insights. In that sense, I didn’t get much out of reading the whole thing (and combined with the analysis, it makes for fairly voluminous reading).

But I did catch some minor points here and there that I found interesting. Like I didn’t know that Nehru had been offered to make India a member of the UN Security Council //way// back, and he declined. Or that the IT sector makes up for **only around 2-3% of India’s GDP**. And lots more like that. Its fairly good reading though, for a saturday morning :-)

And we did have some good discussion afterwards, so it was worth it. I haven’t been able to do much of book reading though lately, and haven’t even been able to catch up with all the magazines yet :-(

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