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“India seems to be on the right track,” say some US executives I meet as an academic. But there are others with less flattering comments: “I have not seen any Indian brand in stores here… Not even a made-in-India label… How come India could not win a single gold in the recent Olympics?”  
 
India has been self-sufficient in food since the Green Revolution. Yet hunger persists in some parts of India and surfaces in the form of starvation deaths. In a few years, India will be the most populous nation, with a population of 1.4 billion, and if hunger is not eradicated, it will not be able to meet the UN’s second Sustainable Development Goal.   
 
Pulses have been in the news over the last one year and for all the wrong reasons. Sharply lower harvests two years in a row (2014-15 and 2015-16) due to a below-normal southwest monsoon in the kharif season and unseasonal rains during the rabi harvest combined with rising domestic demand sent wholesale and retail prices soaring.  
 
India could be a lead manufacturing destination because of the low costs of production and other factors. But it needs to focus on product development and innovation. This can run parallel to the Make in India campaign  
 

It is imperative to improve the share of manufacturing and industry in the GDP as this is the area that will bring new jobs into the economy. Though e-commerce has also made its mark by increasingly providing jobs, it is recognised that brick-and-mortar enterprises are the ones which can raise employment levels significantly. It is thus essential for the government to find ways to ensure that investments increase and industrial output rises substantially, otherwise it will not be possible to achieve the target growth of 8 per cent this year.

 

It is a little over 25 years since India’s liberalization process began and nearly halfway through the current National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s term in office. That’s a good time to take stock of India’s reforms.

 

n 20 out of the last 21 months, India’s merchandise exports posted negative growth. Services exports, which were earlier doing well have now started to decline — it fell 4.56 per cent (year on year) in July.

 

For India to become truly competitive, it is important that laggard states benefit from economic reforms and become genuine stakeholders in India’s growth. For this, some serious issues need to be dealt with, write Deepanshu Mohan and Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor.

 
The Swadeshi movement during India's independence struggle is presented as a proud one and its role in undermining British colonial rule is over-hyped, but it did play a role in unifying a divided independence campaign.    
 


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