Thomas L. Friedman, author of the famous book on globalization - The World is Flat - writes in the NY Times:
Because of the financial crisis, Barack Obama has the bipartisan support to spend $1 trillion in stimulus. But we must make certain that every bailout dollar, which we’re borrowing from our kids’ future, is spent wisely.If the U.S. is lacking in things like education and infrastructure, how should we describe the status of Karnataka today? How should we describe the attitude of our thinkers who don't seem to understand the basic fact that education is the best bet for a bright future for Karnataka? How should we describe the attitude of those who think Karnataka can get away by having a handful English-medium schools and English-medium higher-education? How should we describe the attitude of those who think Karnataka has progressed if Bengaluru gets a few IT / BT companies (which are filled with non-Kannadigas!) even if crores of Kannadigas are left wanting for food, clothing and shelter?
It has to go into training teachers, educating scientists and engineers, paying for research and building the most productivity-enhancing infrastructure — without building white elephants. Generally, I’d like to see fewer government dollars shoveled out and more creative tax incentives to stimulate the private sector to catalyze new industries and new markets. If we allow this money to be spent on pork, it will be the end of us.
If the U.S. needs a reboot, what does Karnataka need? Karnataka doesn't need a reboot or anything because it's not even turned on yet. Karnataka needs her thinkers to reboot themselves so that they can start afresh and focus on the real issue: universalization (as opposed to concentration in English-educated people and areas) of education and infrastructure. They need a reboot so that they can realize the true importance of Kannada in the development of Kannadigas and Karnataka.
For the full NY times article, read: Time to Reboot America. Thomas L. Friedman photo courtesy NY Times.