Apr 07, 2015
The review of the book suggests that India should not aim to reach where the Western world stands presently but rather aim for what the developed world is aiming for.
New Delhi: ‘India 2050 – A Roadmap to Sustainable Prosperity’ by Ramgopal Agarwala sets out the pathway for a sustainable, low-carbon growth for India.
The book is influenced by the author’s professional experience spanning almost forty-five years and the teachings of Swami Vivekanand. The unique nature of combining economics and spirituality has brought out a brilliant perspective through the book.
The book displays India’s potential not only as an economic giant but also evolving the spirituality of the nation. Traces of Adam Smith’s and Mahatma Gandhi’s combined perspective are inculcated as the ‘Adam Gandhi’ standpoint reflected through the contents of the book.
Through India 2050, Agarwala points out that there is need to change the existing structures in Education; prioritising on ending the income apartheid between developed and developing nations; and working on improving and strengthening the neo-liberal doctrine for faster and healthier growth.The main crux of the book indicates that imitating the west is not going to let India achieve its desired goal.
According to Agarwala, India should not aim to reach where the Western world stands presently but rather aim for what the developed world is aiming for. India should aim higher and develop its own path rather than following on the steps of the developed world. India 2050 emphasizes on the evolving nature of the cities into a more sustainable paradigm.
The book outlines the basic propositions for a long-term growth such as low-carbon lifestyle, financial judiciousness and comprehensiveness.
The book underlines the crucial role that the trade-based services sector plays in a developing country like India.It embodies a sustainable outlook aimed at the growth of the country where the gap between the rich and poor would be narrower and the future would be sturdier.
This book illustrates a path which would differentiate India in terms of becoming ‘Asli Bharat’ rather than a ‘Nakli America’, strengthening an independent structure which would not be copied or influenced by any other economy.
About the author: Ramgopal Agarwala is currently the Chairman of Pahle India Foundation and was a Distinguished Fellow in Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS).