Good endeavours are held back not just by bad rules but also by the deeper malaise of an inhibitive government mentality
When we reflect on impediments to growth in India, we realize that these are not only an outcome of specific laws, regulations, or rules, but a much larger mentality. We might, after Michel Foucault, call it India’s ‘governmentality’. This, indeed, is how Foucault meant it when he coined a new word instead of resorting to earlier and more familiar terms such as governance or government. It was, admittedly, an “ugly word", especially for purists of the French language, but it revealed a lot about the relations between the governors and the governed.