The book develops an inclusive method for economic planning from Gandhi's voluminous writings, a method which addresses many of the concerns of contemporary policy making. With a loss of faith on the part of the policy makers in large ideological models, and a rise in pragmatism, it has become necessary to develop a more systematic method of putting together the knowledge that economists have developed about different components of the economy. In this book, Ganghian ideas are used to put together such a method.
A post graduate in Economics from JNU, with an M Phil from CDS, Trivandrum, and a PhD from ISEC, Prof. Pani was a research fellow at IIM Bangalore from 1980 to 1982. From 1982 to 1987 he was the Economics Correspondent with Deccan Herald, Bangalore. From 1987 to 2007 he was with The Economic Times, Bangalore in various capacities. From 2007 till date he has been with the School of Social Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. He has written and published in various books and peer reviewed journals, including from SAGE.