Bajpai does not let us forget that India is one of the poorest countries on earth (about one-third of the world’s poor are Indians) and that as a rising power it has failed to deliver security, welfare, and democracy to its people. Indeed, as he tries to show, in several respects India’s immediate neighbours – and other poorer countries in various parts of Asia and Africa – are faring better. Kanti Bajpai tells us bluntly where India stands and insists we cannot simply blame our political leaders and officials. As citizens, we have a responsibility to see the trials of the Republic for what they are and to think more earnestly about what we can do to build a better society. A must-read for anyone who is invested in the future of India.