The Robots Aren't Here Yet

Why India can't leapfrog past factories.

Only mass manufacturing can create millions of jobs.

Photographer: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images

One of the most striking ways in which Narendra Modi’s government has changed the policy narrative in India is to make manufacturing central to its ambitions. This is an overdue recognition of the fact that India -- whose workforce is overwhelmingly poor and underemployed, and growing at the rate of a million people every month -- needs to create mass factory jobs if it's to prosper.

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