An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions

An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions

by Jean Dreze, Amartya Sen
     
 

"India is a great success story of economic growth and poverty decline, but it remains the home of global poverty, and half of its children are profoundly malnourished. This paradox of poverty and plenty poses one of the great intellectual and moral challenges of the day. We can ask for no better guides to it than a philosopher and an activist, both distinguished

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"India is a great success story of economic growth and poverty decline, but it remains the home of global poverty, and half of its children are profoundly malnourished. This paradox of poverty and plenty poses one of the great intellectual and moral challenges of the day. We can ask for no better guides to it than a philosopher and an activist, both distinguished economists, and both with unparalleled knowledge of India's glories and its shames."—Angus Deaton, author of The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality

"This important book provides a comprehensive and probing analysis of the Indian economy and its enormous potential. What makes this such an engaging book is that it is a deeply sympathetic and, for that very reason, a deeply critical evaluation of contemporary India. The book's combination of economics, politics, history, and law makes it a fascinating read."—Kaushik Basu, chief economist of the World Bank

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691160795
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/11/2013
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
751,735
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 A New India? 1

2 Integrating Growth and Development 17

3 India in Comparative Perspective 45

4 Accountability and Corruption 81

5 The Centrality of Education 107

6 India's Health Care Crisis 143

7 Poverty and Social Support 182

8 The Grip of Inequality 213

9 Democracy, Inequality and Public Reasoning 243

10 The Need for Impatience 276

Statistical Appendix 289

Table A.1: E conomic and Social Indicators in India and Selected Asian Countries, 2011 292

Table A.2: India in Comparative Perspective, 2011 296

Table A.3: Selected Indicators for Major Indian States 298

Table A.4: Selected Indicators for the N orth-E astern States 330

Table A.5: Time Trends 332

Notes 337

References 373

Indexes 413

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