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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Want better infrastructure?

Hire more Kannadigas, Karnataka's chief minister tells the IT majors.

This kind of populist reservation-in-the-private-sector-for-localites gives companies a disincentive to invest further in the state. But it is typical for politicians to think only of short-term gain. As Harsha Bhogle writes in the context of cricket:
Too many people in our cricket protect their turf and give away the larger piece of land. The big picture to them is uncomfortable, the narrow constituency is the more critical.
Quite. India needs statesmen with vision just as much as Indian cricket does -- and any that emerge will do so despite a system that does nothing to nurture them.

(The first link via MadMan's LinksMatic.)
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