Caged Tiger: How Too Much Government is Holding Indians Back
Author: Subhashish Bhadra
Published by Bloomsbury India
Non Fiction/ Public Policy
MRP: Rs. 799/-
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This is a well-researched and insightful book that explores the state of institutions in India and how they are holding the country back. The book presents complex frameworks and deep research in a way that is accessible to millennials and Gen Z.
I agree with the author on several points, particularly in economics. The author believes in the free market and privatization policies, and I think the Farmer Laws 2021 were a brilliant move. The privatisation of the Air India airlines is also a good move, as it will help to improve the efficiency of the company and reduce the burden on taxpayers. The author's arguments for reducing government intervention in the economy are well-supported and make a lot of sense.
I have a different perspective than the author on the issue of surveillance. While the author argues against government surveillance, I am in favor of it to some extent. I believe that basic privacy is a right that everyone should have, but in today's world of heightened threats, government surveillance can help prevent terrorist attacks and other crimes by monitoring suspicious activities and identifying potential threats before they occur. Additionally, government surveillance can play a crucial role in protecting national security by monitoring foreign intelligence services and their activities, as well as identifying and prosecuting criminals by providing evidence of their activities. However, I agree that strict laws should be drafted to prevent the misuse of surveillance, which can result in violations of privacy rights and civil liberties.
One area where the author could have expanded on is the government's control over temples. The author argues that the government needs to loosen its control over institutions to help them thrive, but the author could have mentioned that religious places of other religions are already in private hands. The government's control over temples is an issue that needs to be addressed as well, as it affects the religious freedom of Hindus.
Caged Tiger is a book that offers a unique perspective on the state of institutions in India. It is well-written, thoroughly researched, and thought-provoking. The author's arguments are well-supported and make a lot of sense, although there are some areas where I disagree with the author. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the state of institutions in India and how they affect the country's development.
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