From Current Science (all open access)
1) Sushanta Pahari - World university rankings and Indian universities
2) E. Arunan - Indian science: catch up with India then worry about China
3) P.J. Lavakare - Can our national laboratories become research universities?
Political interference and lack of autonomy, inadequate funding, ego clashes, inadequate support for younger faculty and scientists, missing meritocracy, lack of vision and purpose in selection of research programs.. all the usual suspects are laid out.
That insiders have recognized these problems and are speaking openly about them gives us some hope of change.