To read the daily papers, it would seem that India is going directly to hell, without passing "Go" or collecting $200.
In reality, this is almost entirely a reflection of both the natural predilection of sober and sound (and respected?) analysts to continuously believe that the sky is falling, and the commercial instincts of media organisations telling them that selling negativity is the only way to make money.
The truth is that, despite the foibles and fumbling efforts of our policy makers, India is, just below the surface, cooking with gas.
Every time you turn around there are individuals, citizens, groups who are - and have been for years - steadfastly working away at changing the system.
Image: Distributors in Noida sort through newspapers before selling them during early hours in this file photo.
Text: Jamal Mecklai, Business Standard