Germany , as the locomotive of Europe, has much to teach India in manufacturing and process management, says Rajeev Srinivasan. N ovember 9 marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the event that heralded the end of communism all over the world, except in a few pockets in India such as Jawaharlal Nehru University, Bengal and Kerala. It is one of the more significant events of the past century, ranking up there with the Russo-Japanese War of 1905 and Dienbienphu in 1954. When Admiral Tojo defeated the Russian fleet in the Yellow Sea, it announced the rise of Asian power in a hitherto European-dominated world. When General Giap of Vietnam defeated the French, it marked the end of European colonialism. When the Berlin Wall fell, it showed that the pernicious ideology of communism was on its way to the trash-bin of history. In the years since the wall was dismantled, Germany's economy has gone from strength to strength, while the rest of Europe has hit the skids except perhaps for the Scandinavians. They managed to absorb the damaged economy of the formerly communist East Germany without too much pain. Germany is the country that has come… Read full this story
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