We would do our democracy and economy both a favour by maximizing the value of this vital resource
As we celebrate 75 years of India’s independence, there’s a lot to be proud of. My greatest source of pride is the country’s emergence as a statistical powerhouse just after 1947, when giants such as P.C. Mahalanobis and P.V. Sukhatme pioneered new methods of sampling, showing the world how a poor developing nation could produce reliable estimates of industrial and agricultural production. Statisticians from all over the world came to this newly-independent nation to learn from those masters.