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PANCHAYATI SWARAJ

Introduction (excerpts)

Given the state of the Indian nation today, there is no doubt that there is so much work that needs to be done—that things are not moving and have to be egged on—and if they begin to move then they don’t move fast enough… and yet there is the creativity and human resource of a billion people that can be put to use. Amongst the teeming millions, there is no lack of talent or sincerity towards the cause of a better world; there are those who really work their hearts out—even willing to die for the nation… And yet it does not seem enough—can we really generate enough output in our togetherness in order to get over the hurdles…?

 What if there are ideas that can make a huge difference to the way Indians could go about taking the nation forward?

What if teams can be created to approach the problems in a completely different way than we do today…? What if there is a real possibility of achieving dramatically improved results by merely changing approach and focus…? What if we can take the two Crore odd pending cases in the courts and dispose them overnight? (Figuratively speaking)

Let us consider an interesting turning point in History. Adam Smith is known to be the ‘Father of Modern Economics’. An event that happened in his life turned out to be an important landmark of the industrial revolution. It is an oft-narrated story in classrooms of economics…

In the early 18th century a certain factory in England made needles. Making a needle involved several processes; probably beginning from melting the raw iron up to may be getting the final polish… whatever… And a needle maker had to take the needle through the entire process. It was said that a skilled worker would manufacture up to 20 needles a day. And that was supposed to be the state of affairs for quiet some time… until Adam Smith offered an idea… ‘Division of labour’…
So he proposed that instead of one person doing all the jobs, let one aspect of the job be done by one person, the next aspect by another and so on … so that every individual would have contributed into making every needle…

The owner of the factory obliged and lo and behold… What an impact…! A bunch of labourers produced… close to 500 needles per day per person… that was a jump of roughly 19 times or a 1900% increase…

One could just wonder what happened to the profits of that company… the owner could now increase the salary of the workers several fold and simultaneously make several fold more profit… salary or profit going up by five or ten times is not a bad idea at all!

An expert struggling with needles did his best and produced say 20 needles. Now, just for its sake, let’s say the expert put all his skills and concentration into action; then probably he would have made 25 and would have said that that was an achievement of a life time… and then maybe he did overtime and made 40… but 500!

Sensibly teaming up with others can produce results that are phenomenal. That is the power of an idea and the power of a team.

Can this be replicated in the Indian public life? Is it possible that what we may have to do as a nation may be a very simple change in strategy while we could achieve something beyond our wildest dreams…?

The purpose of the present book is to point out to such a set of ideas…
Such ideas have existed but in dispersed sources and they need stringing up in order that the potential for productive action can be en-cashed in today’s India…

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