Utpal Borpujari

March 22, 2009

Narayana Murthy’s book on a ‘better India’ to hit stands in April

By Utpal Borpujari

The possible routes towards a better India and how to reach the benefits of development to each citizen are the issues that form the core of A Better India: A Better World, the new book by Infosys Technologies Ltd founder-chairman N R Narayana Murthy that will hit the stands in April..

Murthy, in his book, has laid down what he believes are the ground rules to be followed if future generations are to inherit a truly-progressive India, officials at publishing house Penguin Books India say.

Murthy in his book tries to analyse why despite having one of the highest GDP growth rates in the world and an array of recent achievements in technology, industry and entrepreneurship, over 300 million Indians still suffer from hunger, illiteracy and diseases, and 51 per cent of India’s children are still undernourished.

He also tries to find answers to a few crucial questions – What India needs to do to bridge the great divide? When will the fruits of development reach the poorest of the poor and wipe the tears from the eyes of every man, woman and child, as Mahatma Gandhi had dreamt? And how should this, the country’s greatest challenge ever, be negotiated?

Drawing from the Infosys’ success story, Murthy in his book says that a society working for the greatest welfare of the greatest number must focus on two simple things: values and good leadership.

Built on Narayana Murthy’s lectures delivered around the world, “A Better India: A Better World”, published under the imprint Allen Lane, has been touted by its publishers as a “manifesto for the youth, the architects of the future, and a compelling argument for why a better India holds the key to a better world”.

The book contains Murthy’s views on issues like effective models of corporate and public governance to corporate social responsibility, from globalisation and competing in a flat world to entrepreneurship and leadership challenges, and from issues crucial to national development to good values and betterment of the education system.

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com)

http://www.deccanherald.com/Content/Mar212009/national20090321125440.asp

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