I stopped watching cricket some time ago. After a gap of several years, I watched cricket during the 2003 world cup. The last match I watched was the 2003 World Cup Final between Indian and Australia. Yet, I have several fond memories of watching cricket. For many years, I was looking for the "I Get Knocked Down" video made during either the Wills International Cup 1998 or the World Cup of 1999 (Knowledable people can correct me on this). The video featured Sachin Tendulkar playing some very Tendulkar-like shots. I ran in to one video made during the 2003 World Cup set to the same song, thanks to google video. Enjoy watching vintage Tendulkar to the tune of Chambawamba. Courtsey Sachinclips.
transition to a 7% growth path in recent years is very much an
outgrowth of the emerging consumerism of one of the world’s youngest
populations. The increased vigor of private
consumption provides a powerful leverage to the Indian growth dynamic
that is rarely found in the externally-dependent developing world.
Personally, it is not so clear to me whether the new consumer culture isn't really the Bomb under the World. There isn't a black or white answer to this question. Certainly, tremendous improvements in quality of life are due in India, but focus on consumption is worrisome. As Stephen found out, there is more to India's current development path than just rise of the Indian Consumer.
Dr. (Manmohan) Singh is the real thing when it comes to India’s reforms -- he led the charge in the opening up of the early 1990s.;
Today’s political context is obviously quite different: As a majority
party official he was able to drive the process far more forcefully
back then than is the case today, with a delicate left-leaning
coalition government. Mindful of those
constraints, the key code word in current coalition governance circles
is “inclusive” -- emblematic of a development strategy that is being
refocused to deal with the income-disadvantaged citizens of rural India;
The Prime Minister is very philosophical when it comes to integrating
his reform philosophy within the political imperatives of a broader
base of Indian economic development.
I have heard reform with a human face line from the Prime Minister, but often times the human side shows up in the forms of short sighted populist measures rather than real improvements in infrastructure, education and health that matter most in the longer term.
Of all the trips I make around the world, India is by far the toughest. Poverty is everywhere -- not just in rural India but in the swanky neighborhoods of its vast urban centers of Mumbai, New Delhi, as well as in the pulsating new tech centers of Bangalore and Hyderabad And it is poverty and human tragedy on a scale unlike anything I have ever seen -- including that of rural China; An inclusive India seems utterly determined to meet this daunting challenge head on. As far as I am concerned, there is nothing but upside to such efforts -- it’s just a question of degree. But with that upside comes yet another new source of Indian consumption growth -- absolutely vital for India’s balanced economic growth dynamic. It’s not just the quality of the travel experience. (emphasis added).
I am no so sure whether "inclusive India" is taking the challenge of poverty head on. My personal perception has been that highly educated people with an access to a wide range of opportunities (like me) have been doing extremely well, and responsible for the growth of consumerism, while there are a number of those who still do not have access to the same set of opportunities. It is not a question of whether things have been getting better or worse, but as Roach said it is a matter of degree.
China and India are the two most important experiments in the laboratory of globalization.
An extrapolation of their recent accomplishments poses the most
profound question of all for the rich nations of the developed world:
If India is to services as China is to manufacturing, what does the future hold for us?