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India's Innovation Blueprint: How the Largest Democracy is Becoming an Innovation Super Power
George Eby Mathew

In 2010, India celebrated its 60th anniversary as an independent sovereign republic. Today, India is the fourth largest economy by gross domestic product – just behind the US, China and Japan. Economically, it is building itself as a formidable force and global influence. At the same time India has fundamental challenges. Its inequities are visible, its young population tread a thin line between opportunity and pitfall, its infrastructure has gaping holes and it’s a slow chaotic democracy. This book establishes that in spite of these challenges, a new India is emerging out of the old, colliding more often than collaborating with the old India. Much of the new India is built on economic momentum set 20 years ago and built by private entrepreneurs. The new economic climate together with talent and entrepreneurship is also making India a net supplier of Innovation. Going by current trends, India will become an innovation superpower by 2035. This book also establishes that India is not just leveraging Innovation for global competitiveness alone but it is also leveraging innovation as the specific instrument for inclusive growth. The book identifies gaps in the current innovation ecosystem and recommends a portfolio approach and calls for a National Innovation System to fix it. It suggests that if India succeeds in identifying, sustaining and funding a balanced innovation portfolio, India will also succeed in eliminating poverty, increase its rural GDP manifold, provide employment, education and health for all its citizens

Key Features
• Exhaustive literature survey to examine what makes and sustains modern India and how it compares with other nations with a similar tenure of independent history.
• Establishes and analyses the trends that support India’s global emergence as an Innovation Superpower:
• Identifies three levels of innovation namely grassroots innovation, national innovation and innovation for global competitiveness.
• Recommends that like railroads and telegraph revolution, innovation driven economies require an inclusive ecosystem to thrive.
• Recommends a portfolio approach for creation of a national innovation system.
• Offers a pragmatic call for action and recommends that a balanced innovation portfolio will also address rural GDP, poverty, employment, education and health for all.

The Author
George Eby Mathew is an electrical and electronics engineer by training and a former journalist with Indian Express in the early 1990s reporting on the emergence of liberalised Indian economy. Over the past 16 years, he has tracked globalisation, innovation and the emergence of India’s technology industries and has authored over 300 related articles, including advisory notes and book chapters. George is currently a Principal with Infosys Australia based in Sydney. Prior, he was Head of IT management Research at Infosys’ centre for innovation and R&D at SETLabs (Software Engineering & Technology Laboratory). He was also an analyst for Gartner.

• Policy makers & Governments
• Decision makers; leaders of both private and public sector
• Academics, Development Agencies & NGOs
• Corporate, Consulting executives, Investors, Banks & R&D experts
• Post graduate and Doctoral students, Anyone interested in India

• Introduction. The Tipping Point Eras; the Eras that shaped Modern India. India’s Place in the New World Order; How economic activity is shifting the epicentre of global innovation to Asia. Enviable Growth; India’s bottom up development model through private entrepreneurship is consistent with economies relying on innovation for growth. Groundbreaking Changes; Changes for the common man. Innovation Foundation; How India has built a sustainable capacity to produce scientific and technical manpower, a key asset for national innovation. Gargantuan Opportunities and Mindless Pitfalls; Three levels of national innovation; grassroots innovation, national level and innovation for global competitiveness. Enhancing Rural GDP through Inclusive Innovation; If India succeeds in identifying, sustaining and funding a balanced innovation portfolio, India will also succeed in eliminating poverty, increasing its rural GDP manifold, provide employment, education and health for all its citizens. Formalising Innovation through a National Innovation System: A pragmatic call for action.

Publication: September 2010 Pages: c280 Size: 234 x 156mm
Hardback (978-1-84334-229-8) (ISBN 1-84334-148-4): £65.00
Chandos Publishing is an imprint of Woodhead Publishing Limited, Abington Hall, Granta Park, Great Abington, Cambridge CB21 6AH, UK Tel: +44 (0) 1223 891358, fax: +44 (0) 1223 893694, email:
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