India Grows at Night

India Grows at Night

A Liberal Case for A Strong State

Book - 2012
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Indians wryly admit that India grows at night. But that is only half the saying; the full expression is: India grows at night-- when the government sleeps, suggesting that the nation may be rising despite the state. India's is a tale of private success and public failure. Prosperity is, indeed, spreading across the country even as governance failure pervades public life. But how could a nation become one of the world's fastest-growing economies when it's governed by a weak, ineffective state? And wouldn't it be wonderful if India also grew during the day, in other words, if public policy supported private enterprise? What India needs, Gurcharan Das says, is a strong liberal state. Such a state would have the authority to take quick, decisive action; it would have the rule of law to ensure those actions are legitimate; and finally, it would be accountable to the people. But achieving this will not be easy, says Das, because India has historically had a weak state and a strong society.
Publisher: New Delhi : Penguin Books India, 2012
ISBN: 9780670084708
Characteristics: xii, 307 p. cm


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Aug 02, 2017

Written at a level of explication I found accessible. His perspective, although informed by political ideology, rises above mere rhetoric into thoughtful analysis regarding the intersection of politics and business.

Rather than being dated, his analysis of interconnection between the judicial and political in playing out in state assemblies in India today.

His early identified the political appeal of Modi does give some credence to his other observations about political trends. At present, events in the subcontinent are conforming to his general outline.

I would highly recommend for anyone with passing interest in India - what with 1.5 billion Indians it behooves us to pay attention.


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