Monthly Archives: September 2014

Modi’s Speech to the Indian Diaspora in US Madison Square – Takeaways

In his inimitable style, Modi in his speech, succeeded in calling on NRIs based in US to have pride on India Brand; and work with him to make India a skill-ful, clean and prosperous nation.
His high points:
1. India is rich in talent, example being Cost-effective, successful on debut Mars Mission
2. India can be clean by year 2019, 150th anniversary of M.K.Gandhi (Father of the Nation); Ganga river clean-up a priority for holistic development of areas around Ganga
3. India can be a leader – Make in India, invitation to NRIs to invest talent and resources to make India better
4. His government working tirelessly to provide better governance, sans outdated laws and their shoddy implementation

He knows the art to pull crowd and deliver heart-warming, inspiratioanl speeches…
We hope we see his vision transformed into reality in coming few years!

Where India stands in corruption vis-a-vis the world? Corruption Perception Index, 2013

In India in the last few years, national debate has revolved round corruption. While some vehemently demand a corruption-free India, some others believe that the issue is hyped out of proportion…

Just to set things in perspective, here is the comparison provided by Transparency International among countries in terms of Corruption Perception Index (i.e. related to perception of corruption in public sector)

Among 177 countries, India stands at the 94th position (1 being the best and 177 being the worst). While Denmark, New Zealand and Finland are the top clean countries, Afghanistan,  North Korea and Somalia are the bottom three.

India is better than Russia (127/177), however, it fares worse than the other BRICS countries. Brazil has a rank of 72, China 80 and South Africa again 72.

USA, UK, Australia, UAE, Qatar, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, Japan and most European countries occupy the top positions….

On the other hand, violence-hit, poverty hit countries of Asia, Africa and Middle East are among the worst performers…

Clearly, countries with lower corruption are high up on development…We can also say that developed countries are better able to tackle corruption at public sector level, at least…

Going by this logic, India needs to tackle corruption to pace up its development; AND  also need to use its development to better tackle corruption, along the way to the top…!

If we WANT, we CAN!

Congratulations India…for taking a giant leap towards Mars!

Congratulations and thank you to the team and scientists for making this possible!…And that too in the very first attempt…a first in world history!
Thanks PM for an inspiring speech 🙂