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Re: demise of Aerospace Industry?

[Topics under debate]: GOOD GOVERNANCE
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    Very good.  The ills of GoI are well known but almost never resisted or
"opposed" at the polls.  Anyhow, regarding the capital needed and whether
India would be able to muster such a cost.....  Well, there is a low-cost
solution: demolishing AAI and other bureacratic agencies that will pave the
way for simpler framework which would allow the usage of lighter (and slower)
planes, in the beginning, which could be built by a 100 different smaller
companies (exagerating on the numbers but you get the point).  Do you not see
that it is the laws that are in place that are killing this industry and not
the enormous startup capital that you have mentioned?  Startup capital can be
scaled down to meet our needs (to a certain extent).  Those displaced from AAI
might find jobs in these aerospace companies, in turn?  Of course, now they
would have to work for a living.

    However, you are absolutely right about those who refuse to give up their
power even for the sake of the country!!  It is probably impossible to do away
with a rogue institution like AAI.  India, after all, is big on institutional
power - shall I say it: Jai Hind?  GoI is our best friend and our best hope!?
Hmm.....I think I am loosing it.

Vamsi M.

Charu datt wrote:

> Now to get to your question: why not provide the seed capital to a bunch
> of
> talented and ambitious engineers and entrpreneurs to create an aircraft
> manufacturing company in India? I can only speculate here, but as I see
> it, it
> amounts to a creation of a new and power center that will compete and
> possibly
> challenge its creators: a huge amount of money will have to be invested
> to get
> independent aircraft manufacture started. No european country could put
> up
> that much capital alone- they had to form a consortium, India may not be
> able
> to divert that much public money without significant opposition and
> sabotage
> from those who would see it as diversion and pilferage from their
> objects of
> theft and sources of political power- for example it may require, among
> other
> things, stopping subsidies to the job mills maintained by the govt owned
> steel
> industry, cutting the power of the politicians who depend on the support
> of
> their constituents who 'work' in the mills- you can imagine the
> opposition
> this would generate- think of the opposition to bank computerisation in
> nationalized banks that is ongoing for the past 15 years. So, you're
> asking
> that politicians and their supporting bureacrats take this massive
> amount of
> capital, which translates to a huge amount of political power and give
> it to
> 'couple of talented Aerospace guys from IIT'. One of two things could
> happen-
> they could fail, in which case a sum of money amounting to a significant
> fraction of the national GDP has been wasted and distributed making at
> least
> some people incredibly rich with no return to the public, and the blame
> falling on the leaders that gave away the money- leading to a reduction
> in
> their power for making such a stupid mistake. Alternatively, the
> enterprise
> could succeed, making many more people extremely wealthy and therefore
> powerful, rivalling the power of the politicians who gave away the money
> and
> power to start the enterprise in the first place.
> At this time I'm not making a value judgement on what is right or wrong
> but I
> think I've answered your question of why this wouldn't normally happen
> in
> India- regardless of the success or failure of such a project, its
> execution
> takes away power from those who now have power.

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