At the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) summit in Mumbai, amid talks of global economic malaise and policy paralysis in India, there was a bit of good news. Young Indians are playing key roles in government—but in the U.S., not in India.
Anil Kakani, a senior advisor at the U.S. treasury, and Aneesh Chopra, chief technology officer of the U.S., spoke at the WEF. Outside of elected politics, it is tough to find similarly well-positioned young people in the Indian government.
The problem is not lack of interest. Far from it. Many of India’s “best and brightest”—including those who have started successful nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or private companies, managed businesses or social enterprises, or taught at the best universities—want to be a part of the government. The problem is finding a way in.