Comments: Diverging formulae

I’ve only read as far as the Permit Raj section but there’s a quote in there that rang a bell:

“It is because India’s archaic, complicated, inefficient system of government allows money to be diverted, rules to be disobeyed and procedures to be subverted that neither the netas [politicians] nor the babus [civil servants] have shown interest in reforming it.”

Where shall we start – the UK planning system, the NHS, etc., etc? There’s a piece in The Telegraph today by Boris Johnson that catches the mood:

Banning the G-Wiz sums up Labour
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml;jsessionid=5USHJ2CPVXS5PQFIQMFSFF4AVCBQ0IV0?xml=/opinion/2007/05/10/do1001.xml

It seems the UK is still stuck with a load of useless netas and babus.

But thank you for reminding us, David. It’s an excellent book.

Posted by Sandid at May 10, 2007 11:34 AM

Re Sandid's comment - didnt India inherit a lot of its internal systems from the British Empire! Maybe that would explain the similarities - even if the NHS was not around back then.

Posted by DaveB at May 10, 2007 02:32 PM