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Re: Re-inventing the wheel

Dear Parag,

You are sure as hell right. We are not going to reinvent the wheel.  The
basic components serves most nations well ie the spokes, the rim. We will
improve it until it is better than a Ferarri or Porshe and we'll call it
Parag 1. Then we'll come up with better and better models....Parag 2, Parag
Supersonic, Parag Warpspeed.

Kush and you are right. In order to improve the policies, we must get the
details of a policy, analyse it and then work on it. That would mean 1.
leave it unchanged or 2. improve on certain portions and attend to
inadequacies or 3.replace it entirely. We need to get the data to work
with. This will be something new to me and maybe for some of you. It will
take time getting the data. We can't get it overnight. We have other
commitments too but we must set aside the time to search for the data.There
will be lull periods in our discussion when we will be doing our research.
The complete set of policies and current situation for a particular area
eg. healthcare must be published on our web page for all to analyse.
Contributions can then be written below it. As we are at present small in
numbers, I propose we maximise the resources of the group and first
concentrate on priority areas. My proposal is to tackle
		1. Education
		2. Healthcare
		3. Sanitation
		4. Local manufacturing ( strengthen small and medium sized enterprises)
		5. Infrastructure ( highways,airports,seaports)
		6. Public Transport
		7. Public Housing
		8. Banking ( strengthening local banks)
		9. Trade and Investment (must be favourable to India)
	           10. Police reform
If there are other areas to be included in this list, please let me know.
Perhaps there should be a division of labour among us? There are other
areas I feel are important such as Defence, Foreign Policy, exploiting
Information Technology for our people. These will come in due course,
though as the group gets bigger and more Indian professionals contribute,
they are free to tackle areas they are better versed in. We must submit
this information to one person, preferably a computer expert who can then
display it on the web page

> From: Parag Bhatt <pbhatt@fmi.fujitsu.com>
> To: india_policy@cinenet.net
> Subject: Re-inventing the wheel
> Date: Wednesday, May 20, 1998 2:15 AM
> Hello Anthony,
> I can feel what you feel.  Folks, correct me if you all think otherwise.
> I have been a very passive contributor to this list, but I share
> the views of many others.
> I feel that we are not trying to re-invent the wheel here, but this
> also does not mean that we can take the wheel from developed 
> countries and use it.  In India we cannot bring a 'Plug and Play'
> type of policy.  
> Most of us here must be Software/Hardware Engineers, let me all
> give you an example of how we plan to deal with the "WHEEL".
> You are hired by this company ABC Inc., you are given the task
> of taking an existing design and making additions/changes to it.
> The design in our case is the "WHEEL".  Many times you feel that
> because of inadequate documentation, because of bad coding styles,
> you want to re-write the whole code.  But this does not mean that
> you do not read the existing code, you analyze it, take all the ideas
> you can get from it, try and understand the algorith.  And then at 
> that point your re-write the code.  Now you have the "JIST" of the
> original, the idea of the original, but you have refined the whole
> thing in such a way that you have made it easier for you to deal
> with it and more understandable.
> Similarly with bringing technology, Ideas, Knowledge from the
> developed countries is not what you will just bring it to India
> and try it out.  You have to make sure that you append or modify 
> these to fit properly in the Indian government.  I feel that this
> is what we are trying to do here at "India_Policy".
> Utkarsh, thanks for re-iterating what BDP is and what this list
> was created for.
> Parag
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> From: "Antony Joseph" <antonyj@tm.net.my>
> To: "Sanjeev Sabhlok" <sabhlok@almaak.usc.edu>,
> Subject: Re: law and order
> Sanjeev:
> I am Antony from Kuala Lumpur, one of the onlookers you have been
> encouraging to join the discussion. I am pretty new to your group having
> received a few mails in the last two days.
> >From the contents if these few mails I find that you seem to be tackling
> issues at a micro level and your manifesto does not seem to be very
> different from those of the current policy makers in India.
> While I do agree that the Law and Order situation in India is far from
> adequate and policies to that effect needs to be evolved and implemented,
> does it not make sense to start at a more macro level? Find out what
> socio-political environment is conducive for implementing the proposed
> policies? Find out how other nations acheived the development / policy
> framework/ ethics that seem to elude India?
> I would have thought that a tracking the experiences of other
> developed/developing  nations on key areas of interest (Policies and
> impact over a time-line) maybe a good place to start. With the wealth of
> information available to from such a benchmarking excercise, it may be
> easier to initiate a good discussion on the issue at hand.
> Most everyone in India believe that India's problems are 'unique' and
need a
> 're-invention of the wheel'. Is that true? Isn't there something that we
> learn from others?  Can those of us who have been lucky enough to
> the socio-political enviromment in other  nations be ready to contribute
> creating this 'wheel' ?  Don't you think that instead of giving Indian
> policy makers  a readymade set of policies which we think should be
> implemented, it may make more sense to give them hard facts/information
> which will help them to form better polcies?
> I hope I didn't barge in and interrupt your enthusiatic discussion.
> Cheers
> Antony Joseph
> Kuala Lumpur
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