Richer, fractured: A light-hearted look at what India may turn out to be by 2051 – SA Aiyar

(Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar is consulting editor of The Economic Times. This column first appeared in the print edition of Times of India on  July 23, 2021)

  • Readers may be bored with lengthy, learned analyses of 30 years of Indian economic reform, starting with Manmohan Singh’s budget speech of July 24, 1991. For variety, let me instead write on what India will look like 30 years from now. Sam Goldwyn of MGM Studios once said, “Never make predictions, especially about the future.” The chap took predictions too seriously. The aim of 30-year predictions is to have fun, letting one’s imagination run wild, rather than laying claim to astrological powers superior to those of Bejan Daruwala or Baba Ramdev. I predict that 30 years hence, India will have 51 states. Regional pressures for creating more states will keep gaining momentum. Many political parties will find a new populist goal in making India Top Gun in the world in the number of states, overtaking the USA’s 50…

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