Why is India short on skilled labor when it's teeming with Ph.D.s? While the staggering growth of its tech industry seems to have put the country in the running for the world’s next superpower, James Surowiecki observes that the Bengal tiger could be made of paper. Thirty per cent of the country is still illiterate. Only 10 percent go to college.
India spends far less than other successfully developing countries on its schools. That needs to change if the economic miracle is to continue, he writes. “Ultimately, the Indian government has to pull off a very tough trick, making serious changes at a time when things seem to be going very well.”